Shaun Murphy - Loretta
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Loretta, is a collection of some Rockin’ Blues originals peppered with some great tunes I’ve been wanting do. Recorded at Colemine Studios, Nashville, with Randy Coleman on Bass, Kenne Cramer on guitar, George Lilly on drums. I had some amazing guests on this CD!! Jack Pearson; (Allman Bros.) on tracks Don’t Lie To Me, Kiss Me Like Whiskey, Loretta, Should Be Hard To Love You, Go Away, and 24 Hours From Memphis. Rob McNelley; (Bob Seger, Delbert McClinton, etc.) on I Pity The Fool, Hard Working Man, and How Strong Is A Woman. Jimi Fiano; (Foghat, Bad Co.) on Strange Life, Big Train Stops At Memphis. Mark T. Jordan, Keys on I Pity The Fool, Hard Working Man. Larry Van Loon, Keys on Don’t Lie To Me, Kiss Me Like Whiskey, Strange Life, Careful They Say, and 24 Hours From Memphis.

Her vocal range and abilities are unmatched in the blues business, as she can easily flow from a melancholy ballad to a fiery belt of blues while allowing her vocals to steam to a boiling pitch, then lowering them down to a tenor range.

To call her chops powerhouse is an understatement. This is a seriously booty-kicking vocalist.

Shaun Murphy Biography

I found my way to the Blues stage at the 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, Big Mama Thornton, Luther Allison 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 first song, Eric asked me if I’d like to do the tour to promote the album, as well as a following tour, it was too good to be true!

Back on the road with Seger, with hardly a couple of weeks off from Eric 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, then went on to record on Representing The Mambo, and Shake Me Up as a backing vocalist.

I've been on tour with Bob 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 Little 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).

Now coming off my sweep of the 2013 Bluesblast Music Awards with Best Female Blues Artist Of The Year, and Best Contemporary Blues Album Of The Year for my release of Ask For The Moon, along with 3 Grammy Nominations, honors I'm so thrilled to receive, next I released a the CD: Cry Of Love, featuring some of my favorite songs I've been wanting to do for a long, long time.

At the beginning of 2015, I released Loretta, filled with some amazing guitar driven songs, brought to life by some equally amazing guitar players: Jack Pearson (Allman Bros.) on 6 tracks, Jimi Fiano (Bad Company, Fog Hat) on three and Rob McNelley (Delbert McClinton & Bob Seger) on three.

Musicians on this CD:
Shaun Murphy, Vocals
Randy Coleman, Bass
Kenne Cramer, Guitar
George Lilly, Drums
Jack Pearson, Guitar
Jimi Fiano, Guitar
Rob McNelley, Guitar
Larry Van Loon, Keys
Mark T. Jordan, Keys

Cover Photo: Marty Ricard
Recorded at: Colemine Studios, Nashville, TN
Produced by: TC Davis
Engineered by: Randy Coleman
Mastered by: Jim Loyd Mastering
CD Artwork by: Rob Smeets

1. Don’t Lie To Me 3:04
Songwriters: Shaun Murphy / Rob Smeets
Publishers: Shaun Murphy Music (ASCAP) / Robert Smeets Publishing (ASCAP)

2. I Pity The Fool 3:49
Songwriter: D. Malone
Publisher: Duchess Music Corp. (BMI)

3. Kiss Me Like Whiskey 4:40
Songwriters: Shaun Murphy / AJ Masters / Bill Dominic Diluigi
Shaun Murphy Music (ASCAP) / Country Or Western Music/Crazy Ol Words (SESAC) / 888 Red Music / Rhyme Partners (ASCAP)

4. Loretta 3:49
Songwriters: Shaun Murphy / Don Ray
Publishers: Shaun Murphy Music (ASCAP) / Don Ray (BMI), Margdon Music (BMI)

5. Strange Life 5:02
Songwriters: Shaun Murphy / Rob Smeets
Publishers: Shaun Murphy Music (ASCAP) / Robert Smeets Publishing (ASCAP)

6. Hard Working Man 4:08
Songwriter: Les J. Welch
Publishers: Cotillion Pub. & SEL-ZEL (BMI)

7. Big Train Stops At Memphis 4:11
Publisher: Public Domain / Shaun Murphy Music (ASCAP)

8. Should Be Hard To Love You 3:07
Songwriters: Shaun Murphy / AJ Masters
Publishers: Shaun Murphy Music (ASCAP) / Country Or Western Music/Crazy Ol Words (SESAC)

9. Careful They Say 3:42
Songwriters: Laura Creamer / Liz Vidal
[Publishers: Sweet Cream Music (ASCAP) / Samaxian Music (ASCAP)

10. Go Away 3:50
Songwrietrs: Shaun Murphy / Don Ray
Publishers: Shaun Murphy Music (ASCAP) / Don Ray (BMI) Margdon Music (BMI)

11. 24 Hours From Memphis 4:21
Songwriters: Shaun Murphy / Jon Tiven / Sally Tiven
Publishers: Shaun Murphy Music (ASCAP)/Uncontrolled Compositions (BMI)
Admin By: Kobalt/Full Rate Music (ASCAP)

12. How Strong Is A Woman 3:26
Songwriter: Bettye Crutcher
Publisher: Irving Music, Inc. (BMI)

  • Members:
    Kenne Cramer, Randy Coleman, George Lilly, Jack Pearson, Jimi Fiano, Rob McNelley, Larry Van Loon, Mark T. Jordan
  • Sounds Like:
    Koko Taylor, Etta James, Bonnie Raitt
  • Influences:
    Etta James, Koko Taylor, Aretha Franklin, Bessie Smith, Leadbelly, Muddy Waters, Ethel Waters, Linda Hopkins, Gladys Bentley,, Big Maybelle, Charley Patton, Big Mama Thornton, Alberta Hunter, Gladys Knight, John Lee Hooker, Lightin' Hopkins, Willie Dixon
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