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Michael Martin Murphey – “Red River Drifter”

In Uncategorized on July 18, 2013 at 3:41 pm

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The multiple Grammy nominee showcases his pleasantly timeworn tenor as he shuffles along “Under a Rolling Sky,” sweetly pays tribute to his longtime lady’s “Secret Smile” and likens the tempestuous nature of true love to a “Mountain Storm.” A Spanish-style acoustic guitar and mournful fiddle accent his convincingly melancholy delivery on “Faded Blues,” about a rejected “poor boy” suitor who loses the girl of his dreams to a “highbrow cat” in shiny boots and a new Stetson hat.  Murphey, who annually brings his Cowboy Christmas Ball to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, nimbly swaps vocals with Pauline Reese while his son and co-producer Ryan Murphey plays a sprightly mandolin on “Shake It Off,” a bouncy bit of down-home encouragement for folks facing hard times. Hard times, good neighbors and prodigal sons are the universal themes covered with the forlorn Western story-song “Hardscrabble Creek.”
There’s a distinctly gospel flair to “The Gathering,” a beautifully somber tip of the cowboy hat to loved ones who have passed on before us.  — BAMImage

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ThorNton Creek – “FancyPants”

In Uncategorized on July 18, 2013 at 3:39 pm

Steve Miller, ThorNton Creek’s bass player, insists the music is “electric front porch swing.” ThorNton Creek’s music
explores a variety of styles that range from haunting acoustic to bluesy rock. But ThorNton Creek takes it one step
further to incorporate elements of blues, jazz, and country – Americana. ThorNton Creek’s music has a pleasant
familiarity, but they are not clones. Thornton Bowman’s lyrics and wistful Southern voice are at the heart of the band.
Bowman grew up in Virginia near the Tennessee border. Many of his songs have a Southern feel. His music has
been used in several documentaries, some films, around very many kegs and at least once in a Playboy video.Image

Casey Frazier – “Regal”

In Uncategorized on July 18, 2013 at 3:37 pm

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Casey Frazier could sing before he could write his own name. He hit his first snare drum at the age of three, and picked up the guitar at the age of five. It became apparent very early on that the tunesmith was destined for a life of song.

The artful skill of combining well-written lyrics with tried and true musical composition has given Casey opportunities to perform with the likes of Kenny Rogers and Mandy Moore. In 2009, his music was featured in the major motion picture, “Teenage Dirtbag”, launching thousands of YouTube hits, covers of “Elysian Fields”, and gaining him comparisons to Ryan Adams and Josh Rouse. In March of 2013 Casey released Regal his most honest effort yet. The album can best be described as modern Americana with roots in ‘70s country and alternative rock. From the first note of Cradle to the Grave’s haunting melody to the hopeful chords in Walkin’ a Line, Casey has managed to find a space that is completely his own while still paying homage to those who have come before him.

Adam Joseph of Monterey County Weekly had this to say about the album, “Regal’s apex is the atmospheric and the mega-produced “Evil Man,” a Tex-Mex-appaloosa coated ballad about a guy framed for murder in the 1920s. Frazier sings the story as the instrumentation storms along like a spaghetti-western film score.” Though Casey is still unsigned that hasn’t stopped him from gaining quite a few loyal fans, his 9,000+ Twitter followers and loyal gig goers in Carmel, CA can attest to that.

Casey Frazier – “Regal”

In Uncategorized on July 18, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Casey Frazier could sing before he could write his own name. He hit his first snare drum at the age of three, and picked up the guitar at the age of five. It became apparent very early on that the tunesmith was destined for a life of song.
The artful skill of combining well-written lyrics with tried and true musical composition has given Casey opportunities to perform with the likes of Kenny Rogers and Mandy Moore. In 2009, his music was featured in the major motion picture, “Teenage Dirtbag”, launching thousands of YouTube hits, covers of “Elysian Fields”, and gaining him comparisons to Ryan Adams and Josh Rouse. In March of 2013 Casey released Regal his most honest effort yet. The album can best be described as modern Americana with roots in ‘70s country and alternative rock. From the first note of Cradle to the Grave’s haunting melody to the hopeful chords in Walkin’ a Line, Casey has managed to find a space that is completely his own while still paying homage to those who have come before him.
Adam Joseph of Monterey County Weekly had this to say about the album, “Regal’s apex is the atmospheric and the mega-produced “Evil Man,” a Tex-Mex-appaloosa coated ballad about a guy framed for murder in the 1920s. Frazier sings the story as the instrumentation storms along like a spaghetti-western film score.” Though Casey is still unsigned that hasn’t stopped him from gaining quite a few loyal fans, his 9,000+ Twitter followers and loyal gig goers in Carmel, CA can attest to that.