Little Beefheart Tribute
I just made a little recording of Beefheart's "Frownland" (he died yesterday).
I'll be playing out at the Fairgrounds on Friday May 6 at the Lagniappe Stage. Time is TBD.
007 Two New Shows!
The Threadheads, Nine Lives, and Doing Good For The Gulf
One must be made of stone to not feel for the great people of New Orleans, as well as everyone along the Gulf Coast. People like singer-songwriter Paul Sanchez, screenwriter Colman deKay, and Chris Joseph, head honcho and chief fundraiser of Threadheads Records should be recognized and rewarded for their tireless efforts in helping New Orleans stay spirited through yet another crisis.
Here is the story on The Huffington Post
Lousiana Duplicitous State
Alex McMurray's 'You've got to be crazy' nominated for new state song.
Tom Paines Rites of Man - Picked as Album of the Week
North Fork Sound names 'Rites of Man' album of the week!
Sunday, June 13, 2010http://northforksound.
Sometime Post-Mardi Gras 2010
No doubt one has read all one can about the months of January and February 2010 here in New Orleans. I was here almost the whole time, but I cannot summon many particular events. We had the great wisdom to schedule the first recording session for the new sea shanty record at the Saturn Bar following the conclusion of the NFC championship game on January 24. The whole city was walking on eggshells and most started drinking early. I was a nervous wreck because of the game, but not for the obvious...
Louisiana Cultural Vistas and Tulane National Anthem
Alex gets a nice mention in the Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine and a pitcure and segment of when Alex played the National Anthem
on banjo at the Tulane Basket Ball seaon opener!
Go Green Wave!
Elevation Outdoors Magazine publishes an article By Alex McMurray
A Bottle and My Friends and MeBy Alex McMurray • March 23, 2010
Alex McMurray's latest CD wins the Gambit's Big Easy Album of the Year!Gambit Magazine
Tom Paines New Release Arriving Any Day!
'The Rights of Man' is a Threadheads Records production that will be available before Jazz Fest 2010.
The Tom Paines are Alex McMurray and Jonathan Freilich.
"Alex and Jonathan don't need to write new songs about life in New Orleans 2010.
All the good ones about 19th Century Ireland and 1920's rural Arkansas sill apply; maybe a little too well"
- "Your Cousin Dimitri, WWOZ FM New Orleans"
Buy It Now $15 and we will ship it to you the second it arrives!
Captain Sandy elected 2010's Grand Marshall and King O' The Pyrate Parade!
Captain Sandy (also known as prolific New Orleans musician Alex McMurray) has been elected 2010’s Grand Marshall – “King Of The Pyrate Parade”!
This years French Quarter Pyrate Parade theme is “It Takes A Pillage” and features the original Krewe Of Pyrates (complete with bead cannons), the spectacular Noisician Coalition, many walking Krewes and special guests!
Besides his multitudinous talents as a very busy part of the NOLA music community for the last 23 years, McMurray is deeply committed to GIVING BACK to his city. He has paid his dues more than once – washed dishes, dug ditches, sold his guitar to survive, nearly died from a mysterious ailment, been a substitute teacher…founder/co-producer of ChazFest (New Orleans original 9th ward music festival alternative); the Fifth Season Cinema Tuesday nights in the summer; the Schatzy band; the Happy Talk Band; 00Doug/Alex, 007, Royal...
Alex McMurray nominated for two Big Easy Awards!
The Big Easy Foundation Awards are run by Gambit Weekly.
The Big Easy Foundation this week announced nominees for its 2010 Big Easy Music Awards. Special awards will go to Entertainer of the Year Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews and Germaine Bazzle, who will be honored for lifetime achievement. Irma Thomas is the Honorary Music Awards Chairperson.
There are awards for 21 music categories ranging from traditional jazz and gospel to DJ/electronica and heavy metal. Other honors include best male and female performer and best album of 2009. Winners will be announced at the Big Easy Awards on Monday, Apr. 19, 2010, at Mardi Gras World (East Bank) River City Ballroom. The program includes both music and theater awards, and there will be...
Alex McMurray makes Times-Picayune End of the Year - Best-Of List
Threadhead Records, the nonprofit label founded by a federation of Jazz Fest fans, had a big year. The best of Threadhead’s ’09 releases was "How to Be a Cannonball," by man-about-town guitarist and songwriter Alex McMurray. His lyrics are populated by his usual assortment of vivid, eccentric characters in the tradition of Tom Waits and Randy Newman. - Keith Spera, The Times-Picayune
More Press for Cannonball and Top CD of the year opinions
#1 The Woman I Love.
The Louisiana Weekly - Sounds of the Season
Glen David Andrews’ irreverent, yet brilliant funny “Santa Got High for Christmas,” opens with a James Brown-evoking scream that’s enough to get any sleepyhead out of bed on the holiday morning. Alex McMurray backs up the the vocalist in attitude offering some solid, often searing, electric guitar.
My first introduction to Alex McMurray was a song called "Bad Apples" by his band Royal Fingerbowl. I couldn't believe my ears. There was nothing like it. A truly kick-ass stomp of a song and certainly one of the nastiest ever written. I have been a fan of Alex's ever since and...
New Press For Alex McMurray
Paul Sanchez, Susan Cowsill, John Boutte and more host 'A Very Threadhead Holiday'
By Keith Spera, The Times-Picayune
Lousiana Cultural Vistas - Winter 2009
Alex McMurrays skewed, yet articulate lyrics suggest a hybrid Tom Waits, Randy Newman and Elvis Costello...
(then navigate to the 'Sound Advice' section of the online magazine)
Alex McMurray Nominated for 5 Offbeat 'Best of the Beat' Awards
Alex McMurray has been nominated in five different categories this year!
Alex McMurray - Best Song of the Year
Alex McMurray - Song Writer of the Year
Alex McMurray - Best Country/Folk/Roots Performer
Alex McMurray - Best Country/Fold/Roots Album
Happy Talk Band - (Alex on guitar) - Best Rock Performer
Go Vote on the Best Of The Beat.
The Making of A Very Threadhead Holiday
The adults are sitting around a table on the back porch, some with beer, some with coffee. They’re swapping wisecracks and stories while the kids are upstairs. Coats are tossed in a corner, and the Christmas lights are strung with semi-deliberation in one of the rooms of the house. It could be Christmas, but it isn’t. The house is Susan Cowsill and Russ Broussard’s home on the West Bank, and it has become the studio where A Very Threadhead Holiday is being recorded. Mike Mayeux’s mobile recording unit is out front; there’s an amp in the hallway with producer Paul Sanchez’ hat on it. The lights are hanging from Broussard’s drum kit.
Offbeat 01-Dec-09 - http://www.offbeat.com/2009/12/01/what-will-santa-say/
A Brand New Who Dat!
Update: When the song is available for sale, a portion of the proceeds will go to the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic.
Last Minute Turkey Day Gig -dba Thursday Night!
The Pilgrim Fairies have smiled on us: I'll be playing DBA Thanksgiving night.
I'll be joined by Carlo Nuccio, Matt Perrine and Bob Andrews. We start at 10.
Shake off that narco-turkey haze and come hang.
Also, don't forget The Tin Men will be doing our usual duty at DBA on Wednesday from 7-9. T-day eve is always a big night in these parts...
Hope you can make it out.