Lansdale Station featuring Judge & Lauren Murphy
Lansdale Station featuring Judge & Lauren Murphy
JUDGE MURPHY: SOLID SURVIVOR
Lansdale Station featuring Judge & Lauren Murphy: Articles & Reviews
In January of this year one of the great veterans of the Bay Area rock scene, Judge Murphy
was diagnosed with liver cancer after a gig with his
band Lansdale Station.
This year has been an ongoing challenge to Judge and his longtime partner Lauren Murphy, who helm Lansdale, but there are friends gathering to help the Murphys through this stretch.
For the next two nights, March 4 & 5, Judge will rejoin his
mates in Zero at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco for a pair of benefit shows for the Judge Murphy Wellness Fund
The challenges continue with Judge's fight with cancer, and right now a transplant remains the best option.
starts a new round of treatment in a few days.
The collective efforts of Judge & Lauren Murphy
are the collaboration of storied past with a glimpse of an untapped future, a rebirth of the sensationalized San Francisco sound of sixties glory.
Led by the powerful singing duo of Judge Murphy (Zero) and spouse Lauren Murphy, Lansdale Station is what I call a "fundamental pleasure," a group that has all the basics down cold and then fills in the right details and delivers performances that still feel very much of the moment - think Buddy & Julie Miller or Gillian Welch & David Rawlings as prime examples.
From the dead solid songwriting to the crisp musicianship, there's sturdy bedrock to each cut, which Lauren
and Judge use as platforms for their spirited, character-filled voices to soar.
There's wonderful boy-girl energy to the pair, though each sings with serious oomph on their own, too.
is by definition, a throwback, a band with all the members being cogs in a musical wheel with Lauren
and Judge exuding the aura of the past with an eye on the future.
They are collectively the fuel of contemporary creative fire.
The tawdry approach of current bands making millions of dollars for inferior live performances cannot mirror the hours spent to hone the crisp, energetic demeanor of this band as they saunter across the stages of the west coast.
The psycho babble of the past has given way to stage charisma, crowd rapport and exudes the love and passion for what they excel in doing.
The mystery and mystique of the past is still a mirrored image but they are on the verge of compiling a legacy that brings San Francisco back to it's rightful place in the pantheons of a musical epi-center, and who better to perpetuate the folklore than Lauren
, Judge and the band?
We aren't trying to digress and relive those halcyon days of yesteryear but more of who is capable of songs of the heart and lyrics that are feasible of once again uniting the masses.
Enter Lauren and Judge Murphy
and the members of Lansdale Station
with songs that could be those of epic proportions once exposed to the music fans across the globe.
An ingenue and band revered in the bay area, the group brings a touch of sunshine with vibrant performances that resonate throughout the west coast and The Ghosts of Avalon are rising from the ashes.
brings the elegance of Diana, the genetics of Grace without the bravado and provocative demeanor and the passion that mirrors all great songwriters and performers.
Songs of life, love and universal peace, much like Teach Your Children, Sweet Baby James and Almost Cut My Hair are those musical beacons that float in a sea of banality and Lauren
, Judge and Lansdale Station are the heirs to the throne that separates them from all others.
We've waited for a myriad of years and the timing is critical so, when access can be allocated, we, the collective musical family need to clap our hands and stomp our feet so that the gifts brought by Lauren & Judge
don't dissipate into the sunset.
As the adage goes, the likes of this talent may never pass this way again".
For the survivors of those golden days long ago, for Lauren
, Judge and Lansdale Station, bless us all.
"Zero vocalist Judge Murphy and singer-songwriter Lauren Murphy blend country blues with Bay Area psychedelia, reminding us of what made the S.F. Sound so special to begin with... " read on at the below link
, a Marin band, spotlighting the husband and wife team of Judge & Lauren Murphy
, takes its name from what was once the first San Anselmo stop of the old Northern Pacific Railroad.
It's a hip historical reference for a band whose understanding of rock's past is evident on their eponymous debut CD, showcasing six original songs and one very cool cover in a traditional guitar-driven style that mixes Southern rock with a fresh take on the San Francisco Sound.
Raised in Marin, Judge Murphy
sang for years with Zero, the Marin progressive rock aggregation that included the late Quicksilver Messenger Service guitar slinger John Cipollina.
Dana Miller (The Mother Truckers, Chrome Johnson) and Rayner Brock (King Perkoff) form a flexible rhythm section on evocative story songs like Lauren Murphy's
To quote Lauren
, "Let your mind go and your ass will follow".
"Lauren & Judge
Murphy w/ Lansdale Station are one of the best unsigned bands in the Bay Area..."
For two hours we got no turkeys, just really great unsigned bands, including Sherry Austin, Mighty Mike Schermer, Colby Pollard, Lauren and Judge Murphy
, the Attila and Dave Project and the Wicked Sons.
He's become one of the most proficient slide players in the area, & rivals anyone that you've seen," says lead vocalist Judge Murphy.
Coming from the jazz/rock/electric band, Zero, which broke up in 2000, the lead vocalists, husband & wife Judge and Lauren Murphy, created their own style of 'bluesiana rock'.
"The music is a blend.
It is quite artsy, very versatile, and has a widely varied and diverse sound," Judge Murphy
writes most of the lyrics.
Originally from New Orleans, she is schooled in dance, theatre, and music, and has her degree in English from Louisiana State University.
is an excellent poet and wordsmith, and a lot is generated in the writing about New Orleans and the Mississippi Delta," Judge Murphy
features the vocal harmonies of husband-and-wife team Judge and Lauren Murphy
Their collaboration melds Southern roots music and the "San Francisco Sound.
The free show takes place on Sun., July 22, at Creek Park, San Anselmo, 2:30-4 p.m.
By Chris Rooney - The Ross Valley Reporter (Jul 24, 2007)
A great line-up of talent featuring original music from 12-6 PM that will leave the audience wanting more!
A Rockin' Line up with the sweet sounds of Bay Area local, Singer-Songwriter and founder of Rockin' Moms will get you moving with the Tiffany Petrossi Band, come listen to the mighty vocal harmonies of husband & wife team, Judge & Lauren Murphy of Lansdale Station, see local fav, featured on KFOG's local scene, pop/ rock songstress, Stacy Kray,
the Park Press Release - Top 40 Charts dot Com (Sep 5, 2007)
Lauren Murphy, lead singer of Lansdale Station, http://www.LansdaleStation.com , one of the bands performing at the festival, says she feels honored to be part of an event that is working to support these undervalued societal roles.
By Julianne Carroll - San Jose Mercury News/ Los Gatos talks w/ Lauren Murphy
(Sep 21, 2007)
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