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"Shaun can take you to Church or take you to the alley. Love this Record!" ~ GIL ANTHONY/BLUES POWER/2013 KBA RECIPIENT COMMERCIAL RADIO
"Shaun Murphy consistently proves why she is considered a 'singer's singer' by her peers with every CD she releases. 'Reason To Try" not only punctuates that fact, it stakes a claim on the heart and soul of fans of many genre's with some of the best written, played and performed new music I have heard! ~ John 'blueshammer' Hammer; Publisher of Blue Monday Monthly Tabloid
REASON TO TRY
Release Date: 8-1-19
"I'm so excited about this new Contemporary Blues and Americana CD!!
I've been mulling around some of these songs for a long time. As the 'keepers' started to come together, it really jelled into all these great pieces of the puzzle! We had so many tunes at recording time, we could have done a double CD...lol.
The Featured track; 'Reason To Try' was one of those songs you hear that stops you in your tracks, as it did me, and, took my breath away!!! I saw the writer, tunesmith Danny Flowers do it when I was at a venue in Nashville, I knew immediately that I had to make it my own......" ~ Shaun Murphy
Players On This CD:
Kenne Cramer / Lead Guitars on tracks:
3, 5, 8, 10, 11, 13, 14
Tommy Stillwell / Lead guitar on tracks:
1, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
Piano, and Synth
Vocals, BG vocals & Tambourine
The Rock House, Franklin, TN
Producer and Mixer
Jim Loyd Mastering
1. Hurt Me Good 4:34
Daryl Burgess: Burg-Isle Music SOCAN and Joanna Cotten: EMI April Music, Land Of Cotten Music BMI
2. Thang For You 4:06
Marc Alan Barnette/Jimbeau Hinson, Best Built Songs, ASCAP
3. Turn Me On 2:57
J Edwards; Lil Boy Edwards Pub--BMI
4. Reason To Try 4:50
Danny Flowers; Crepe Soul Music-ASCAP
5. Dancing In The Sun 3:42
Kenny Greenberg; greenberg music (BMI) administered by BMG
6. Can't Blame Nobody But Me 4:20
Marc Alan Barnette, Best Built Songs, ASCAP Ron Muir; Ron Muir Music ASCAP
7. Love The Man 3:42
Ricky Ray Rector; Ricky Ray Rector Music; BMI, Bruce Channel, Bruce Channel Music; BMI, Hoy Lindsey, HoyLindsey Music; BMI
8. Don't Come Crying To Me 4:22
Dave Steen, Latersville Music, ASCAP, admin. by BMG Music
9. Road House Rockin' 3:38
Johnny Neel, The Reel Neel Music; ASCAP, Doug Jones, Doug Jones Music; BMI
10. Power Of Love 3:51
Ashley Cleveland, Kenny Greenberg , sole sister music (BMI), greenberg music (BMI) administered by BMG
11. Welcome To Bluesville 3:52
Kenne Cramer, Kenne Cramer Music; BMI, Tommy Stillwell, Works From Stillwell International; BMI
12. Rumor Mill 3:40
Publishing: Mop Up Music BMI (Mike O’Rear)
Writers: Russell Gulley BMI, Dennis Gulley BMI, Collins Kirby BMI
13. Someday 3:55
Bob Seger © 1972 Gear Publishing Company (GMR)
14. Same Old You 3:36
Kenne Cramer, Kenne Cramer Music; BMI, Karen Leipziger, Yogiz Music; BMI
SHAUN MURPHY BIOGRAPHY
I found my way to the Blues stage at the first (1969) Ann Arbor Blues Fest, and was completely smitten. Getting to play at such an important milestone festival had my head spinning. That was my awakening to the Blues, and I couldn’t have been among a better line-up: Son House, Muddy Waters, BB King, Freddy King, Lightnin’ Hopkins, and the list went on and on.
Solidified into the Detroit music scene, I found my calling, but it was to be a bit elusive, while I continued my music education over the years, I was also free to pursue another of my loves, acting, where I was able to snag two different life-changing musical plays: Hair and Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band On The Road, appearing in both of the Broadway productions. Having been in Hair afforded me the opportunity to land a recording contract with Motown Records, along with Meatloaf, to record our duo album Stoney And Meatloaf.
Right after the recording of the record, Stoney and Meatloaf, Motown moved out to Los Angeles taking me with them. After a short stay in LA, I got back in touch with Bob Seger’s manager, Punch Andrews, and it just so happened, Bob was, again, looking for a singer. So I headed back to the music scene I was so familiar with, Detroit. Starting with the recording of Katmandu, under the pseudonym, Stoney. I was in Detroit and, again, working with Bob and his band; The Borneo Band, along with some of the Silver Bullet boys, Chris Campbell, Alto Reed, and Drew Abbott, and throw in a couple of Tulsa boys: Jamie Oldaker and Dick Sims, along with my pal Marcy Levy.
When Bob Seger decided to take some time off the road, I was contacted again by my old friend, Marcy Levy, (of Leon Russell and Eric Clapton fame) that Eric Clapton was doing a record with Phil Collins producing, and would I be interested in coming to Montserrat to record the backing vocals on his ‘Behind The Sun’ album. The experience was thrilling; to get back to my roots, and with the ‘guitar god’ himself. I, of course, said yes! We recorded this great record, and after the second song, Eric asked me if I’d like to do the tour, it was too good to be true, not only that, but a following tour as well!
Back on the road with Seger, with hardly a couple of weeks off from Clapton, with his 86 tour, I met up with Bill Payne and Fred Tackett, two of the members of the legendary band Little Feat. As tours go, making friends comes easy and when the tour was over, Bill Payne asked me to record some things on their new re-grouped band’s CD, Let It Roll, Representing The Mambo, and Shake Me Up as a backing vocalist.
I went on to tour with Seger to the present, with some other tours along the way, with such notables as Bruce Hornsby, Joe Walsh, Glenn Frey and The Moody Blues, with Television appearances with John Hiatt and Herbie Hancock, etc..
I found myself back in Feat camp, and they asked me to join as a full member in 93’, and for the next nearly 16 years, it was my home. Till recently parting with my long-time cohorts, I then realized, I’d come full circle back to where I started, in the world of the Blues, wanting to take my place alongside some of my favorite idols; Koko Taylor, Etta James, Big Mama Thornton, and Big Maybelle, paying special homage to Miss Taylor and Miss James on my first solo CD, Livin’ The Blues.
I’ve had the honor of including some of my friends from the road on my following CD’s: Bekka Bramlett, (Fleetwood Mac) Mike Finnigan, (Taj Mahal, & Bonnie Raitt) Johnny Neel, (Allman Bros.) Jim Horn, (George Harrison, Elvis, etc.) Kenny Greenberg, (Kenny Chesney) Danny Pelfrey, (Aretha, Diana Ross, etc.) and Laura Creamer, Barbara Payton, as well as the Motor City Horns (Bob Seger).
In 2013, I was honored to be a double Bluesblast Music Awards winner with Best Female Blues Artist Of The Year, and Best Contemporary Blues Album Of The Year for my release of Ask For The Moon I was thrilled to receive!! I released Cry Of Love, featuring some of my favorite songs I've been wanting to do for a long, long time. Then Loretta in 2015, my most Blues rock CD to date, peppered with lots of original tunes. In 2016 I released It Won't Stop Raining that ran the gamut from Blues, Rock, to Gospel. 2017 brings my latest CD: Mighty Gates, with my touring band again featured on this CD, lots of originals and a few from favorite singers of mine.
I heard the song Reason To Try some months ago, and was really knocked out by it. There and then I knew I had to record it! Little did I realize how captivating it would become after we decided to name the new CD as such, it seems to have taken on a life of it's own.....it's a song written by the great Danny Flowers, most of you will recognize, at least one of his legendary songs; Living On Tulsa Time. I saw him sing it at one of the venues in Nashville on a night I was there. I was, and still am speechless, about his performance. That was all I needed to know, it was going to be on the next CD!!! Every tune on this CD was hand-picked to bring something to the table; emotion, fun-loving jests, and a pull at the heartstrings for everyone. I'm am so proud of my band; Tom DelRossi, John Marcus, Kenne Cramer, Tommy Stillwell, Eric Robert, and Kevin McKendree for all the incredible work they've done. Thank you guys for always being there!!!!!