Sun, 13 November 2005
Murphy's Saloon #4 Show Notes:
• Almost Heaven by Tommy Z.
Tommy infuses his songs with a mix of jazz, R&B, rock and funk, tinged with spirituality. His latest CD, Universal Love, was produced by Nick Blagona (Bee Gees, Nazareth, Moody Blues, Deep Purple, Rainbow, The Police, Chicago) He also appears on a recently released solo album Gillan's Inn by Ian Gillan of Deep Purple. Tommy's personal Web site (where you can buy his CD) is here.
• Talk Is Cheap by The Shades of Gray.
The Shades of Gray are four young guys out of Salt Lake City who've been playing together for 2 years. They list Herbie Hancock, the Allman Bros. and Jimi Hendrix as influences. The band's site is here.
• Your Heart by Anne Heaton.
Heaton has been based out of New York in recent years, but is considering a move back to Chicago, her home town. She was an opening act on Jewel's Spring 2005 tour, and lists Fine Young Cannibals, Peter Gabriel, Tom Petty, 10,000 Maniacs and the Indigo Girls as influences. Heaton's debut album, Black Notebook, was chosen by Performing Songwriter magazine as one of its Top 12 Independent Releases. All three of her independent release are available at her site.
• Take Your Shoes Off by Janet Ryan and Straight Up!.
As Murphy's Saloon listeners may remember, I found Janet Ryan and Straight Up! over at GarageBand.com. This is their second appearance at Murphy's Saloon. After I played them the first time, they added my logo and a link to Murphy's Saloon at their site. Thanks, guys!
• Three Chords by (The Rev.) Jimmie Bratcher.
Bratcher is another return visitor to Murphy's Saloon. Although he sorta downplays the fact he's a Rev., Bratcher uses music to help reach people, and it's absolutely killer blues. His personal site is here.
• Church of the Electric Soul by the Robert Farrell
Farrell, a resident of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, has been playing guitar since he was five years old (he's now in his 30s), and has been described by Billboard Magazine as "arguably the greatest undiscovered guitarist in Canada." Among his kudos, Farrell's got three New Artist Radio (N.A.R.) Awards: for "Musician of the Year" (2002 and 2003) and "Male Rock Artist of the Year" (2002). I'd suggest visiting his site and doing your part (by buying his CDs) to lift the public profile of this superlative guitarist.
(Music in this week's show courtesy of the PodSafe Music Network, except where noted.)