Viewers of the nationally televised show "America's Got Talent" selected Murphy as the winner of the 2011 show. Since his win, Murphy has been performing across America. He returned to the area this week to perform at the Logan County Chamber of Commerce's annual membership dinner on Thursday night and for the concert Friday night.
Another Logan County native, Burke Allen of Allen Media Strategies LLC, is manager of Murphy's public relations. Burke said the whole team was glad to be home.
"It's an amazing experience to come back to Logan. Landau is very excited, the whole team is excited. It is a real blessing for us to be here," Burke Allen said. "We've been from Los Angeles and Las Vegas to New York City. And, really, this is the one we are most excited about."
Following the concert Friday night, Murphy and his team were heading to Indianapolis, Ill.
"Right after the show, we get on a plane and we're off to the Super Bowl where he will perform for ESPN at a pre Super Bowl party."
Allen said Murphy will be attending his first Super Bowl.
"He is really excited about that," Allen said. "He has become friends through all of this with the owner of the New York Giants, Steve Tisch."
Allen said he believed Murphy was going to root for the Giants.
"I believe so," Allen said. "If the Logan Wildcats can't be there, then he will probably root for the Giants."
Allen said after the Super Bowl, Murphy will head to Houston, Texas, and on to other engagements, including the California State Fair.
The Coalfield Jamboree was completely filled with concert goers of all ages.
"I like the music and I like Landau," said Larry Butcher of Whitman. "I like to see a good boy do well. He's a good man."
Warming up the audience for Murphy was The Daddy Rabbit Band. Burke Allen, Bob Noone and Dave Allen acted as emcees.
Both Allens brought cheers from the crowd when they spoke about voting for Murphy.
"I'm just glad we could get that West Virginia multi-voting thing to work out for the good this time," Dave said.
"Logan Countians know how to vote early, vote often and vote our dead relatives," Burke said.
Burke said that he could look at sales figures for every city in America for Murphy's debut CD "That's Life."
"From New York City all the way down. By far, beating every city in America, is the Walmart in Logan, W.Va.," said Burke.
Billboard.com ranks "That's Life" by Murphy as No. 2 in the Jazz album category for the week of Feb. 4, 2012. It has been on the charts for nine weeks. Rankings are determined by sales data compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.
Murphy and his band Sweet Lips began the concert with "Ain't That A Kick In The Head" followed by "Fly Me To The Moon."
Murphy spiced his performance with chats to the audience.
How ya'll doin' Logan?" Murphy said. "This is where it all started, right here. It's so good to be back home.
"You know it's funny, everybody comes up to me and asks 'what did you do with that gum?' I tell them 'I still got it, it's still got flavor man.'" Murphy said to cheers and laughter from the audience. "I am so happy to be back home."
"We're happy to have you home" someone yells from the audience while yet another person yells "We love you Landau!"