The Knoxville Cowboy

BACKGROUND

Marshal Andy, aka The Knoxville Cowboy

His name is Andy Smalls; but in East Tennessee, he’s better known as Marshal Andy or The Knoxville Cowboy, which is the title of a song written about him by Lew DeWitt of the Statler Brothers in 1986.

Attending the Palace and Strand theaters as a boy in Georgetown, South Carolina, Andy developed a life-long fondness for cowboy movies which featured such stars as Ken Maynard, Hoot Gibson, Buck Jones, Tim McCoy, Gene Autry, and Roy Rogers. For much of his adult life, Andy has made it his mission to promote the B westerns of this youth and to make sure they are not forgotten.

Smalls has been a part East Tennessee since 1968 having worked for LAMAR Advertising, Gold City, The Lost Sea, Clayton Manufactured Homes, Tombras Advertising, and TCI Communications where he helped introduce cable television to the City of Knoxville. Andy had also previously worked for Ted Turner Sr. and Jr. in Atlanta before settling in Knoxville permanently.

For a more in-depth biographical summary about The Knoxville Cowboy written by Wayne Bledsoe, click here.

MARSHAL ANDY ON LOCAL TELEVISION

It was in 1983 that Smalls began a side gig as Marshal Andy – a cowboy persona host of a weekly television show called Marshal Andy & Riders of the Silver Screen. Having aired on FOX 43 for three years and WTVK (now WVLT) for four years, the show has had an uninterrupted run on the Knoxville PBS station (WKOP Channel 15) since 1990. The show airs each Saturday morning at 10:30 am and features B westerns, serials, and cartoons much as they were featured in Andy’s youth. Musical performances by Marshal Andy and The Riders of the Silver Screen Band are a part of the show as well.

Marhal Andy on the set of Marshal Andy & Riders of the Silver Screen.

MARSHAL ANDY ON LOCAL RADIO

On Friday, July 29 2022, after much thought and a bit of sadness, Andy discontinued his weekly radio program on WLIL 102.7 FM. The program was called Marshal Andy Presents and had aired for many, many years. Along with co-hosts Cindy Jo Brown and Danny Hutchins (former piano player for Charlie Pride), The Knoxville Cowboy and his sidekicks played older country music and provided background and commentary about the featured artist of the week and particular song being played. The show aired every Friday morning at 10:30 am.

The Knoxville Cowboy and former co-host Glenn McNish recording an episode of Marshal Andy Presents at WLIL radio in Loudon, TN.

The barber shop Marshal Andy Presents commercial…

This sound file is the Mulberry Street Barber Shop commercial which aired on Marshal Andy Presents each Friday morning on WLIL 102.7 from 2016 until 2022.

MARSHAL ANDY ON YOUTUBE

Here are all the Marshal Andy YouTube videos I could find. If you come across any that I didn’t discover, let me know.

Marshal Andy interview from ETPBS Tennessee Life Season 1- Episode 1
Andy Performing “Walking Man Blues”
“Knoxville, That’s My Hometown” – Marshal Andy with Todd Steed and Jeff Bills (60 & 30)
“Who’s Sorry Now” – Remembering Luke Brandon
Lacey Snider on the Marshal Andy, Riders of the Silver Screen TV Show on PBS in Knoxville – Part1
Lacey Snider on the Marshal Andy, Riders of the Silver Screen TV Show on PBS – Part 2
Lacey Snider on the Marshal Andy, Riders of the Silver Screen TV Show on PBS – Part 3
Lacey Snider on the Marshal Andy, Riders of the Silver Screen TV Show on PBS – Part 4

THE KNOXVILLE COWBOY PERFORMS LIVE

Marshal Andy performs publicly on the first Sunday of each month at 1:00 at the Wild Boar Tavern located at 950 E Emory Road – Knoxville, TN 37938 in the Powell area of Knox County. The phone number is (865) 623-1000.

Marshal Andy performing at the Wild Boar Tavern in 2022.

THE MARSHAL ANDY BIOGRAPHY

The Knoxville Cowboy – Marshal Andy Smalls

A collaboration between Andy and Jack Pennington (writer, retired minister and college religion teacher, former radio disc jockey and sportscaster), The Knoxville Cowboy – Marshal Andy Smalls covers Andy’s life from his childhood in Georgetown, South Carolina to present day. It is a very interesting, informative read. Copies may be ordered by contacting Andy’s son, Drew, at drewjsmalls@gmail.com.

DISCOGRAPHY

Marshal Andy’s CDs may be ordered by contacting Drew Smalls at drewjsmalls@gmail.com.

Beneath the Mistletoe by Marshal Andy Smalls

Featuring a picture of Andy’s beautiful late wife Kathryn, this fourteen-song CD contains some of the traditional favorites of the Christmas season.

  1. Put a Ribbon in Your Hair
  2. Blue Christmas
  3. Oh Christmas Tree/Jingle Bells Medley
  4. I’ll Be Home for Christmas
  5. Rudolf
  6. Winter Wonderland
  7. Santa is Coming to Town
  8. White Christmas
  9. Christmas in Dixie
  10. Let It Snow
  11. Away in a Manger/Joy to the World Medley
  12. Red Christmas Wagon
  13. Silent Night
  14. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Marshal Andy Presents…The Best of Everything

A potpourri of well…just about everything, this twenty-three track CD includes music styles such as Country, Pop, Jazz, Broadway, Western, and Bluegrass. Yep, just as the title says, it has a little bit of everything.

  1. Until Then
  2. Going Away Party
  3. Riding Down the Canyon
  4. Are You Lonesome Tonight
  5. Make the World Go Away
  6. How’s the Weather Back in Tennessee
  7. Fly Me to the Moon
  8. Ride the Range Once More
  9. You Don’t Know Me
  10. Drinking Champagne
  11. Take Me Back to Tulsa
  12. I Love You for Sentimental Reasons
  13. Turn the World Around
  14. Tenderly
  15. Accentuate Positive
  16. Misty Blue
  17. Till There Was You
  18. Salute to Eddy Arnold
  19. What’s Going on in Your World
  20. You Belong to My Heart
  21. San Antonio Rose
  22. Will the Circle Be Unbroken
  23. To Life

Marshal Andy & The Riders of the Silver Screen Band (Re-Release)

Folks, if you like Western music that is in the style of the old B western, then Marshal Andy has a treat for you with this 2003, eleven-song CD featuring The Riders of the Silver Screen Band.

  1. Tumbling Tumbleweed
  2. Wagon Wheels
  3. Blue Shadows
  4. Ghost Riders in the Sky
  5. Whoopi Ti Yio
  6. Cool Water
  7. Navajo Trail
  8. Waltz Across Texas
  9. My Adobe Hacienda
  10. Santa Fe Trail
  11. San Antonio Rose

Marshal Andy Remembers…Luke Brandon

Luke Brandon, whose rich baritone singing voice and incomparable guitar playing charmed generations of fans, died in 2012 at the age of 87. This is Andy’s tribute to him.

  1. Going Away Party
  2. You Don’t Know Me
  3. It’s Dogwood Time in Knoxville
  4. Walk Through This World with Me
  5. Waffle House Queen
  6. Luke Brandon Introduces Marshal Andy
  7. San Antonio Rose
  8. Red River Valley
  9. Ridin’ Down the Canyon
  10. Mexicali Rose
  11. El Paso

Marshal Andy Salutes Eddy Arnold, His Hero

Marshal Andy and Eddy Arnold were really close friends. Arnold once told Andy, “You’re one of my few real friends. You accept me for who I am and don’t want anything from me.” This CD contains an eleven-track tribute to the man.

  1. I’ll Hold You in My Heart
  2. That’s How Much I Love You
  3. Bouquet of Roses
  4. I Really Don’t Want to Know
  5. You Don’t Know Me
  6. World Songs Medley
  7. How’s the Weather Back in Tennessee
  8. Tennessee Waltz
  9. Anytime Medley
  10. On the Other Side of Lonely
  11. Cattle Call

Marshal Andy Smalls and Friends – Songs I Always Wanted to Record

Along with thirteen other of Andy’s favorite songs, track number fourteen is “The Knoxville Cowboy” – the song written for him by Lou DeWitt of the Statler Brothers.

  1. Don’t Fence Me In
  2. Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
  3. I Dream of You
  4. I’m in the Mood for Love
  5. Mexicali Rose
  6. Misty Blue
  7. She Asked Me Not to Remember (Smalls)
  8. Ashokan Farewell
  9. Walk Through this World
  10. White Cliffs of Dover
  11. Dogwood Time in Knoxville (Smalls)
  12. I Want to be in Your World Again
  13. How High the Man
  14. The Knoxville Cowboy

MARSHAL ANDY UPCOMING EVENTS

AUGUST

  • Saturday August 6th, 10:30 a.m. Marshal Andy & the Riders of the Silver Screen on East Tennessee PBS
  • Saturday August 13th, 10:30 a.m. Marshal Andy & the Riders of the Silver Screen on East Tennessee PBS
  • Saturday August 20th, 10:30 a.m. Marshal Andy & the Riders of the Silver Screen on East Tennessee PBS
  • Thursday, August 25th 6:00 p.m. LIVE PERFORMANCE at Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria in the Old City
  • Saturday August 26th, 10:30 a.m. Marshal Andy & the Riders of the Silver Screen on East Tennessee PBS

SEPTEMBER

  • Saturday September 3rd, 10:30 a.m. Marshal Andy & the Riders of the Silver Screen on East Tennessee PBS
  • LIVE PERFORMANCE: Sunday, September 4th, 1:00 p.m. Wild Boar Tavern in Powell.
  • Saturday September 10th, 10:30 a.m. Marshal Andy & the Riders of the Silver Screen on East Tennessee PBS
  • Saturday September 17th, 10:30 a.m. Marshal Andy & the Riders of the Silver Screen on East Tennessee PBS
  • Saturday September 24th, 10:30 a.m. Marshal Andy & the Riders of the Silver Screen on East Tennessee PBS

IN MEMORY OF KATHRYN YARBROUGH SMALLS

Kathryn Yarbrough Smalls, age 85 of Loudon, passed away peacefully at her home, Sunday, July 1, 2018. Kathryn was born in Savannah, GA to the late Thomas L. and Eileen (McDonald) Yarbrough. She grew up in Charleston, SC and was drawn to the charisma of the unique southern town. While there, she loved modeling the newest fashions for the garment industry and enjoyed a career in finance serving the automotive industry until she married her life partner Andy, June 29, 1957. Together they enjoyed a love story that spanned 61 years. They were devoted to each other and had many adventures together, living and working in big cities and small towns. Kathryn and Andy had three children; she adored them and was a devoted mother as well. After the children were raised she launched a career in the cosmetic and fragrance industry in the Knoxville area. The Smalls’ were members of St. James Episcopal Church in Knoxville. These last years were spent calling Loudon their home, even though Kathryn stayed connected to her city of Charleston. She was a true southern lady, beautiful inside and out. She always greeted you with a warm smile and always treated others with kindness. When asked, Andy said “she possessed the innocence of a new born child and the beauty of a Southern Belle” If you were speaking to Kathryn, she would tell you that she was so proud to be the wife of “Marshal Andy”. In addition to her parents, Kathryn was preceded in death by her son, Thomas Scott Smalls; her daughter, Lucy Ann “Luann” Smalls and brother, Tommy Yarbrough. She is survived by her beloved husband, Andrew J. Smalls and beloved and devoted son, Drew J. Smalls, both of Loudon; brother in-law and wife, Joe and Betty Smalls, Conway, SC and a multitude of friends. Services honoring and remembering Kathryn Smalls will be held 5:00 PM Sunday, July 8th, McGill Click Chapel, with Rev. Jack Pennington officiating. Memorial Contributions may be directed to East Tennessee Public Television, 1611 E. Magnolia Ave. Knoxville, TN 37917. The family will receive friends 2:00 – 5:00 PM Sunday prior to the service at McGill Click Funerals & Cremations, 1366 Hwy 72 N, Loudon, TN. www.mcgillclick.com

Of his mother, Drew Smalls (son of Andy and Kathryn) says the following: “I had the most caring, loving mom any man could have. She was beautiful inside and out and always treated everyone with dignity.”

Andy and Kathryn at a Buddy’s Barbecue Christmas show.