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Lauren Murphy, alone or with her latest music ensemble, Lauren Murphy & The Psychedelics, brings the very essence of the classic San Francisco sound to the stage. Having performed with some the Bay Area's most famous and respected musicians, she can always be found delighting audiences everywhere with her inimitable style. In a crowded field of sometimes repetitious music mediocracy, it's refreshing to experience Murphy's gift for originality and soul-stirring performances. - Johnny Cole The Southland Music Line” - Johnny Cole

Southland Music Line

Filmed in the Ben Main Library in Downtown Mobile, focusing on local up & coming artist. ” - Lauren Murphy

— WPMI NBC Live Music from the Stacks

I should probably lead into what's likely to be a deep look into this extraordinary 10-song CD with something snappy, or possibly something erudite and intellectual. I can't. Not going to happen. Every song on Lauren Murphy's "El Dorado" hits in places that everyone who ever draws breath is likely to feel: maybe as a sudden flush of the cheeks, as a tightening of the muscles that control laughter or tears, or maybe in the pit of the stomach. Speaking strictly for myself, it hits in all those places and more. Emotional honesty, the real deal, takes a lot to ignore. Certainly it takes more than I've got. Reaction to the weight of that honesty, at least my reaction, is not likely to be technical coherence. Okay. Now that I've got that first exhale out of the way, a few comments on the bigger picture ((Click the link to read Full Review))” - Deborah Grabien

No Depression

Press Play: Lauren Murphy's 'El Dorado,' an album of loss and love By Paul Liberatore @LibLarge on Twitter POSTED:   01/08/2015 04:30:49 PM PST Lauren Murphy's CD "El Dorado Singer-songwriter Lauren Murphy dedicates "El Dorado," a collection of heartfelt Americana, to her late husband, Judge Murphy, her singing partner in the Marin band Lansdale Station. The album title was inspired by the county where he died of liver cancer in 2013. The couple moved there with their daughter after decades on the Marin music scene. Murphy wrote eight of the 10 songs on "El Dorado," including the ardent ballad "Love Again." In her quavering vibrato, she pours her pain and loss into the song, conveying both grief and hope, singing, "I will find peace within/I will learn to love again. She mourns the passing of another beloved local musician, saxophonist Martin Fierro, on "True," an acoustic ballad featuring Mark Karan on 12-string guitar and Jonny Flores of the band Achilles Wheel on National steel guitar. In true Americana fashion, she based the songs "For the Love of Ellen," an uptempo tune showcasing Will Kimbrough on dobro and mandolin, and "Sweet Louisa," another sprightly story song of death and lost love, on Gold Rush women buried in Coloma's Pioneer Cemetery. She continues that historical theme with the Tom Russell penned "Hallie Lonnigan," a brisk country tune with Dave Zirbel leading the way on pedal steel and banjo. Recorded at Cotati's Prairie Sun Studios, the album is grounded by the rhythm section of drummer Vince Littleton and bassist Paul Olquin. Ryan Scott adds a brassy sound to the string band ensemble, playing trumpet on the toe tapping "The Ballad of Booker & Honey. With "El Dorado," Murphy carries on a musical career she once shared with her husband. Listening to it, you can't help thinking he'd be proud of her.  This week: "El Dorado," Lauren Murphy, independent,, CD Baby, $15 CD, $9.99 download Hear her live: 7 p.m. March 1, Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley, with Jessica Fierro and Achilles Wheel, $17 to $19 ” - Paul Liberatore

The Marin Independent Journal

    Millsaps College's Arts & Lecture series is known for featuring gifted speakers and talented artists, but on Monday, Nov. 24, the series steps into new territory with a focus on songwriting. Will Kimbrough and Lauren Murphy, both acclaimed musicians with strong southern ties, will host the event, discussing their craft and showcasing songs from their newest albums, Kimbrough's "Sideshow Love" and Murphy's "El Dorado. Kimbrough and Murphy agree that one key ingredient to good songwriting is providing an escape, allowing the listener to transcend his or her situation, if only for a moment. "I think all great songs definitely provide that release," Murphy says. "Even if it's a simple song about a singular idea or moment ... the reason it's good is because it has that power to take someone and transport them to another place for a few minutes. While they concur on what makes a solid song, Kimbrough and Murphy take drastically different approaches to get there. Kimbrough says that writing isn't so much of a process for him anymore as it is awareness. Whether he's driving and listening to NPR or out on the town, Kimbrough is always ready to record lyrics on the spot via his phone and email them to himself. Rhythm and melody usually come later. "Some people really need a process. They need their tea and lucky notebook," he says. "I have never had that luxury. At some point I had to decide that I was going to write a song and record it with my 3-year-old in the room. Murphy, on the other hand, thrives on meticulous organization, which she attributes to her time studying English at Louisiana State University from 1990 to 1993. For her, it begins with stream of consciousness journaling and then sifting through the pages to pull out gems that will morph into the first lyric of a song. Kimbrough, an Alabama native, and Murphy, originally from Louisiana and living in Apple Hill, Calif., believe that southern songwriters are a special breed, due in part to a strong history of oral tradition, often rooted in suffering and tragedy. "The key is the African influence. Everything comes out of that. ... Storytelling combined with the collision of all these cultures has created this southern thing," Kimbrough says. "Take someone like Bob Dylan: He really wants to be a hillbilly or Delta blues singer. He wishes he was Robert Johnson, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry or Woody Guthrie. Kimbrough and Murphy advise songwriters to trust the process that works best for them. And for southern songwriters, be grateful for the inspiration around us. "I didn't realize how spoiled I was growing up to have B.B. King, 
The Meters and Buddy Guy playing down the street from you," Murphy says. "You are from where the music is from. Look around and pay attention," Kimbrough says. "You can never get to the bottom of this treasure chest. ... Unless you run screaming from it and try to avoid it, you're going to have it in your music. ” - Jake Sund

Jackson Free Press