Every song on Lauren Murphy's
"El Dorado" hits in places that everyone who ever draws breath is likely to feel: maybe as a sudden flush of the cheeks, as a tightening of the muscles that control laughter or tears, or maybe in the pit of the stomach.
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'El Dorado,' an album of loss and love
CD "El Dorado"
Singer-songwriter Lauren Murphy dedicates "El Dorado," a collection of heartfelt Americana, to her late husband, Judge Murphy, her singing partner in the Marin band Lansdale Station.
The album title was inspired by the county where he died of liver cancer in 2013.
The couple moved there with their daughter after decades on the Marin music scene.
wrote eight of the 10 songs on "El Dorado," including the ardent ballad "Love Again.
With "El Dorado," Murphy
carries on a musical career she
once shared with her
Listening to it, you can't help thinking he'd be proud of her
This week: "El Dorado," Lauren Murphy
, independent, laurenmurphymusic.com, CD Baby, $15 CD, $9.99 download
Will Kimbrough and Lauren Murphy
, both acclaimed musicians with strong southern ties, will host the event, discussing their craft and showcasing songs from their newest albums, Kimbrough's "Sideshow Love" and Murphy's "El Dorado."
#Kimbrough and Murphy
agree that one key ingredient to good songwriting is providing an escape, allowing the listener to transcend his or her situation, if only for a moment.
#"I think all great songs definitely provide that release," Murphy
#Murphy, on the other hand, thrives on meticulous organization, which she
attributes to her
time studying English at Louisiana State University
from 1990 to 1993.
, it begins with stream of consciousness journaling and then sifting through the pages to pull out gems that will morph into the first lyric of a song.
#Kimbrough, an Alabama native, and Murphy
, originally from Louisiana and living in Apple Hill, Calif., believe that southern songwriters are a special breed, due in part to a strong history of oral tradition, often rooted in suffering and tragedy.
#Kimbrough and Murphy
advise songwriters to trust the process that works best for them.
#"I didn't realize how spoiled I was growing up to have B.B. King, ?The Meters and Buddy Guy playing down the street from you," Murphy
"Judge Murphy, best known as the lead singer for the Marin-based jam band Zero, died Sept. 15 at his home in El Dorado County after a long bout with liver cancer.
In recent years, Mr. Murphy
sang with his
, in Lansdale Station, a group named after a former railroad stop in San Anselmo.
He continued to perform during his illness, and last appeared with Lansdale Station at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley on Sept. 6, a little more than a week before he died".... read more above
Popular Songstress To sing at Findleton's November 22, 2013
KVMR favorite Lauren Murphy
is appearing at Findleton Estate Winery, 3500 Carson Road in Camino, on Friday, Nov. 22 from 6-9 p.m.
: SOLID SURVIVOR 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.
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.
DON ATERS - Rock & Roll Historian, Photographer, Lecturer, & best friend of charismatic entrepreneur of the counter culture and psychedelia, Chet Helms, weighs in on Lansdale Station ***Read Full Article with photo gallery at the link Below*** Resurrection of Faith - Lansdale Station "Lansdale Station 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.
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.
Keep the faith Cheers" Don Aters - 2010 Editor Haight Street Music News www.haightstreetmusicnews.com Fillmore-East.com (artifact/image provider) Music Historian / Photo-Journalist / MLA
/ Indiana University Holding Together Fanzine (England)
"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
10/22/2008 by PAUL LIBERATORE THE MARIN IJ MUSIC PRESS PLAY Reviews of releases by local artists Lansdale Station Lansdale Station (independent) Lansdale Station, 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.
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.
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..." XXXXX I appeared on KGO-AM's (810) Ronn Owens on Friday Dec. 21, playing two hours of Bay Area music for a show entitled "The Best Music You've Never Heard.
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 wordsmit