This morning we would like to share with you a tune from an artist we are all extremely proud of, the lovely, and talented Lauren Murphy Entertainer. "The Dreadful Wind and The Rain," a murder ballad, penned by an anonymous author, originates from fourteenth century England. The song tells the tale of two sisters, and their jealousy over a suitor. This is Lauren Murphy's take, which adds the twist of a haunting and unforgettable "Bridge" to the song, that was never present in any other version known to date. Lauren's version features Dave Zirbel on dobro, Johnny "Mojo" Flores on 1957 Supro Slide, Paul Olguin on stand up bass, Vince Littleton on percussion, and Lauren, herself, on Vocals, and Rhythm Guitar. Add the Production & Additional Arrangement by Mooka Rennick of Prairie Sun Studios, Cotati, Ca, and you have one of the most unique renditions of "The Dreadful Wind and The Rain." Now sit back, close your eyes, and let Lauren tell you a story. (Photo Courtesy of Chad Edwards/ MCE Photography, Fairhope Al.)
Grammy Nominated Producer Mooka Rennick & Lauren Murphy team up for her first solo CD in nearly a decade.
"El Dorado" will be dedicated in tribute to my late husband, vocalist & songwriting partner, Judge Murphy, who I recently lost to a 4 year battle with Cancer and Organ Transplant Failure.
ABOUT THE PROJECT:
I'm a veteran performer/songwriter based out of The Sierra Nevada in California, and this will be my first solo album in nearly a decade. For the last 15 years I sang along side my husband Judge in the bands ZERO & Lansdale Station. From 2005-2013, my focus was writing for our five-piece rock band, and now I need a current product in hand to represent where I am and where I'm going. I have many great opportunities ahead, but after eight years as a band leader I need something that represents where I stand now.
I'm recording with Grammy nominated Producer, Mooka Rennick, at Prairie Sun Studios, in Cotati, CA. The record will feature many notable players I've had the pleasure of sharing the stage with over the last 15 years of my career, as well as some new hot rod mountain pickers I've recently discovered. Mooka knows how to capture the "magic" that makes the difference between good art and truly great art.
Mooka & I (and You!) are producing a solid Americana experience that fuses "natural performance" and "high fidelity". The songs take the listener on a journey through the mountains of the heart, with a cast of resilient characters. It's not just about suffering. It's about strength and redemption. In the end, it's all about hope and appreciation for this brief but beautiful life.
The total cost for this record is estimated at $13,000, but I'm asking my friends and fans to meet me half way at $6500, and be a part of making "El Dorado" a reality.
Stay tuned! Lauren is fulfilling not only her dream, but one of Judge's last wishes for her to record her new compositions, at Prairie Sun Studios in Cotati, Ca. Working with Grammy Nominated Producer, Mooka Rennick, this collection of songs will be Lauren's best work of career thus far. Many notable veteran players will grace the record, as well as some new hot shot mountain pickers Lauren's met in her travels over the last 13 months. Connect on Facebook to see updated photos for sessions when available. Cd Release date goal will be to commemorate Judge's life, one year from his passing on 9-15-2014. Stay tuned for her Kickstarter Campaign, where you too can be a part of the creative process.