08.01.2013

Tin Men, Avocado Woo Woo

Offbeat Magazine Avocado Woo Woo

(Threadhead Records)

Offbeat Magazine

Set aside for a moment the fact that the guitar is amplified, also that the plucky instigator who wields said axe is slinging M.F.A.-yearning narratives at the mic. Disregard too that his rhythm-section mates are unquestionably at or near the top of their respective instrument games. At heart the Tin Men still epitomize the folksy, down-home realm of the New Orleans street sound...


06.11.2013

Avocado Woo Woo Now Available on itunes!

or you can get a better quality recording with artwork, etc at www.tinmenmusic.com

06.10.2013

2013 Chaz Fest Wrap Up

Rain Threatens

Well it's been over a month so I guess it's about time to do the post-mortem on the 2013 Chaz Fest. The story this year begins and ends with the rain. We had several days of biblical amounts of the stuff leading up to Mayday, and the ground was thoroughly saturated. On Tuesday some of the forecast models were predicting 2+ inches for the day of the festival. All one can do at this point is shake one's head in dismay. There is nothing more fundamental than the weather with outdoor music festivals. We've been doing this a few years now and have heard plenty of horror stories of rain wiping out one or two day music festivals in places like Wilmington, NC, etc, leaving the promoters holding the bag for all the infrastructure--stages, sound systems, lights, toilets, fencing that they have rented and paid people to set up. Not to mention the deposits they have laid out to the bands. Now...

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06.10.2013

Summer Dates Just Added

Midwest and East Coast Dates have just been added to the schedule. Alex solo, Tin Men, Rolling Road Show and more. Check it out on the shows page.

06.01.2013

Return Of The Tin Men

Offbeat Magazine Avocado Woo Woo

"Avocado Woo Woo" Review

Offbeat Magazine by John Swenson

No New Orleans band combines the city’s unique blend of musicianship, sense of humor and sheer eccentricity better than the Tin Men. The instrumental lineup is singular—Alex McMurray on guitar and vocals, Matt Perrine on tuba and Washboard Chaz, who sings like Tampa Red and plays his customized washboard like an early jazz drum kit. The combined sound is elastic, with approaches that range from indie rock to folk, brass band or free improvisation. And of course that sense of humor is never far from the surface. When musicians have this much fun playing together it’s hard not to have a good time listening to them. The new album Avocado Woo-Woo is “maybe the best record I’ve ever done,” said Chaz, who has made a lot of them with different bands...


05.31.2013

Tin Men show in Pittsburgh just announced.

Hey Pittsburgh people...the Tin Men will be playing at the Pittsburgh Winery on Friday July 19 at 8pm. You can purchase tickets HERE.

05.24.2013

Made the News in Baton Rouge...

An article on Alex in The Advocate by John Wirt. You can read it HERE.

05.17.2013

Royal Fingerbowl to appear at Chickie Wah Wah!

EXCLUSIVE! 90's Rock phenoms and TVT recording artists Royal Fingerbowl reunite for a special one-time-only performance!


OR: The Alex McMurray band without Bill. YOU MAKE THE CALL!


05.09.2013

Big Easy Award Winner

Took the "Best Roots Rock" category at this years Big Easy Awards sponsored by Gambit Weekly. See the list of winners here.

05.03.2013

HANG TIN: CHAZ FEST RECAP

Nola Defender by Ryan Sparks

According to a friend of mine, the homes in the Bywater are “so close together you can hear your neighbor reading a magazine.” This past Wednesday, the two stages of Chaz Fest brought more interesting noises...


05.01.2013

Jazz Fest 2013 Focus: Alex McMurray

Offbeat Magazine

Offbeat Magazine by John Swenson

On a recent Saturday evening Alex McMurray filled Siberia with an audience that hung on every word of his compositions, a catalog that ranges from wry to wistful to ribald. McMurray is adept at this solo magic, playing material mostly culled from his 2012 release I Will Never Be Alone In This Land. McMurray has also been playing shows, often with special guests, Thursday nights in the Saturn Bar, in what amounts to an intimate house party.

A little too intimate for McMurray’s taste.


04.29.2013

Alumnus holds 8th annual Chaz Fest in his backyard

Tulane University New Wave

Tulane University New Wave by Sally Asher

It’s lucky for music lovers that Tulane alumnus Alex McMurray decided one day in 1992 to ask himself what would happen if kept riding his bike into the unknown — beyond the French Quarter. The journey took him to the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans, where he co-founded the local music festival Chaz Fest that takes place in his own backyard on Wednesday (May 1).


04.28.2013

Jazz Fest is upon us...

Thanks to everyone who came out early to the Gentilly Stage on Saturday. Have been too busy to talk about the set until after the fact. Pretty classic. Here's a little thing from the Offbeat.

04.22.2013

Chaz and Alex talk about Chazfest

Chaz and Alex will be going on WWOZ on Tuesday night for David Kunian's Kitchen Sink show to talk about Chaz Fest. We will have music from the bands that are playing this year so tune in to www.wwoz.org at 10pm!

04.15.2013

OK let's get moving with this...

Man oh man what a time it has been lately. Just got through another French Quarter Fest. The new Website just went live a few days ago. The New Tin Men CD is out (finally!!! it has been a long time coming…). I just got back from the great Bay Area trip and before that the Tin Men spent 2 1/2 weeks in France. Work on the 8th annual Chaz Fest has been proceeding apace with actual yard stuff beginning to happen just these past couple of days. Jazz Fest is right around the corner…Oy vey.

 

The past year has been a pretty good one. I recorded a new CD called I Will Never Be Alone In This Land which has been nominated for some awards (Offbeat, Gambit). My old running partner the esteemed Mr. Carlo Nuccio produced which was lovely in that it was something we'd been talking about for a number of years. He took a bunch of songs that were wildly disparate and somehow came up with a cohesive...

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04.13.2013

Hey everybody! We got ourselves a new Website!

Courtesy of Kourtney Keller and the good people at twelvepoint.net. email me and tell me what you think. info@alexmcmurray.com

04.13.2013

nice blurb on nola.com

check it out here

04.10.2013

NEW TIN MEN CD!!!

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The Tin Men have a brand new CD and it will be available for the first time WEDNESDAY APRIL 10 at DBA. It's called "Avocado Woo Woo" and was produced by the legendary John Porter (Buddy Guy, BB King, The Smiths...). Show starts at 7.

Buy it here!