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Chris Murphy | ‘Sovereign’ Record Release Party
August 8, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
It’s True! SUN AUG 8th! 6PM-9PM! Violinist Chris Murphy with Special Guest Brook Benson & The Stolen Moments! EARLY CONCERT! Los Angeles may be the City of Angels, but it’s the haunt of many a King and Queen of the music scene, too. Among the kingdom’s chief Lords of the Strings is the unassuming yet wildly prolific violin master Chris Murphy, whose latest full-length album, Sovereign, tips its crown to the rise and fall of the mighty and the meek in a 13-song cycle of tuneful Americana-inspired vocal arrangements and bustling rhythms from Celtic to Kansas City to Hill Country.
JOINING IN COLLABORATION AND OPENING SET: Singer, songwriter, and spoken word artist, Brooke Benson & The Stolen Moments will be in the Corazon house!! Her roots began in theater and later progressed into activism when she began writing her own form of social justice commentary, and matters of the heart, in the form of spoken word poetry. Her inspiring lyrics weave a tapestry of human emotion through rhythmic song, lyrical wordplay, and vivid imagery.
A WORD ON CHRIS MURPHY’S ALBUM ‘SOVEREIGN’ :Joining Murphy in this celebration of his subjects—wily wenches, the prison of desire, longing glances into the valley of hope—is a robust council of roots, rock, and world music royalty. The names read like an invite to a coronation: British art-rock giant Brian Augur; Elvis Costello drummer Pete Thomas; Cuban percussion great Walfredo Reyes, Jr.; sax colossus Dana Colley of Morphine; and Iggy Pop bass man Hal Cragin, are among the first guests to arrive.
As befits a court so replete, Murphy’s electric guitar throne is no jester’s chair, either, boasting Blues Traveler titan Chan Kinchla, along with John Mayer/Lucinda Williams alum Doug Pettibone, and Nate LaPointe (Bobby Womack, Cubensis). Also, in attendance at the ball is L.A. art-punk bass icon Mike Watt (The Minutemen, fIREHOSE, The Stooges, Porno for Pyros) and the elegant Jenny Conlee of The Decemberists, who offers arch accordion on “Your Guess Is As Good As Mine.” Even primo percussionist Steven Hodges (Tom Waits, Mavis Staples) drops in for a spell, as does old-timey stalwart Bruce Molsky on “Pear Blossom.” The much-loved Lord of Bluegrass Tim O’Brien mans-up on the mandolin and sings gorgeous harmony on Murphy’s “Boxed In” and “Your Guess Is As Good As Mine”.
Still, it’s Murphy himself who takes up the sceptre on songs like the dapper “Done with Diane,” with its crooning clarinet by Bebop legend Bob Sheppard, and “Bad Situation,” a bouncy tale of the dispossessed. “Halfway Around the World,” an ode to liberation and latitude is lifted by the fiddle artistry of The Waterboys’ feted Steve Wickham, with a quick musical visit by Gilian Hettinga on whistle from Harmony Glen. Murphy’s songs are wry, plain-spoken, and from the heart, but still float on a certain cultivated charm. One might even call Murphy’s mindset here a sort of nobility—the kind that comes from years of steadfastly defending the ground where your musical roots lie. Now, that’s a banner achievement, indeed.