ALEX MCMURRAY

News

11.18.2009

New Release - A Very Threadhead Christmas

Threadhead Records, the first fan-funded, volunteer-run record company to focus entirely on the music and culture of New Orleans, has just released their very own Holiday CD. The CD was produced by Paul Sanchez and features a number of their artists including John Boutte, Shamarr Allen, Susan Cowsill & Russ Broussard, Matt Perrine & Debbie Davis, Craig Klein, Alex McMurray, Glen David Andrews, Mary Lasseigne, Margie Perez, Ingrid Lucia and Paul Sanchez performing both original and standard songs of the season.

Alex plays guitar on seven of the 13 songs and performs his soon-to-be-a-Christmas-classic Santa, Let Me Call You A Cab.

10% of the net proceeds raised from this project will be donated to the New Orleans Musicians Clinic. The other 90% will be split between the Threadhead Records General Fund and the Threadhead Records Foundation. The money raised for the General Fund will...

Read More
pic
10.28.2009

Free Download!

Sign up for the Alex McMurray Newsletter and get a free download of a new unreleased Alex McMurray song. 

'I Am In Hell' - Get it

pic
09.01.2009

A Memorial for McNee

Alex McMurray, Davis Rogan and Dave Sobel, McNee's collaborator on record, wielded bass drums. Sousaphonist Matt Perrine directed the band with his usual effervescent panache- signaling changes and directly solos. Carlo Nuccio played snare drum along with Hart's son, Felix. The music was solid, frenetic and bordering at times on cacophony- but this was no amateur band just blowing ... http://neworleansmusiconline. com/wordpress/?p=756

Alex is now on Facebook

pic
08.28.2009

New Cannonball Review

www.nola.com

Alex McMurray makes a splash with his 'Cannonball' CD

Alex McMurray is everywhere... But many fans first discovered McMurray April 30. On the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival's Lagniappe Stage, he performed to the largest crowd of his career. Reviews were across-the-board ecstatic. 
Read
it here
  

pic
07.13.2009

Oshkosh did not inspire. But, strangely, Atlanta did. Here's how.

I've never really thought about gun violence before, but what I want to do is rush a TSA rep, seize his gun, shove it in my mouth and yank the trigger. I hope they carry big guns, like 45s, so I can get a big arc of blood and brains behind me. A cone of skull fragments and gray matter and purple clots around seventeen feet long and nine feet wide at its largest point. I want to do this as close as i can to the security checkpoint. But a better scenario has my death ritual taking place in the queue for customer service. That site of extreme disregard. That dantesque endpoint of nullity, frustration and rage. When the brain-snot flies, this shall be a fitting arena. They say the forty-five is a loud gun, and I hope they're right. I want to wake people up and get blood on their shirts. Up to now I've been more interested...

Read More
pic
07.13.2009

New Diary Entry

Alex does not make it home unscathed....

Read it here

pic
07.08.2009

Well golly it has been a while, hasn't it? Which is a good thing because so much has been happening, there's just no time to write it down. I've been working just about every night throughout the spring with all the various projects--Tin Men every Wednesday at the DBA, Tom Paines every Tuesday at the Circle Bar. Matt Perrine's Sunflower City has been playing here and there, as have the Happy Talk Band. I hear Schatzy is thinking about making another CD, and the Geraniums have gigs coming up real soon. Ingrid Lucia and Paul Sanchez both keep me pretty busy, and even 007 rears its head once in a while. We just did an "Alex McMurray" show last weekend where I was joined by Carlo, Matt and Bob, so we did a lot of the old stuff as well as stuff from my new CD and it was a hell of a time. That band (what to call it? the Retired Bowlers League? Fingerpuppet?) will be returning to the DBA...

Read More
07.08.2009

New Diary Entry

Alex does NEW ORLEANS, DUBAI, NEW CD/THREADHEADS, CHAZFEST/JAZZFEST, OSHKOSH, OGDEN, NORTHEAST TRIP...

Read it here

pic
07.04.2009

Jonathan Frelich interviews Alex about Chaz Festival

Listen to the four part interview with one of the masterminds behind Chaz Festival Alex McMurray. 
ChazFest Video/Music Page

pic
07.01.2009

Train Whistles and Flies Wings

(How To Be a Cannonball review )

Offbeat Magazine by David Kunian

Although New Orleans has a reputation as a brass/jazz/funk playground, it has been a home to songwriters since the beginning of the 20th Century. From Clarence Williams to Jelly Roll Morton to Dave Bartholomew, from Allen Toussaint and Earl King to more recent tunesmiths such as Paul Sanchez, Anders Osborne and Ed Volker, there's a history of musicians putting words and notes together in profound ways. With How to Be a Cannonball, Alex McMurray takes his place in those ranks.

Alex McMurray's long awaited new album, How to Be a Cannonball, could be the record that gives him the recognition as being one of the best songwriters working today.

Offbeat Magazine How To Be A Cannonball
06.29.2009

Offbeat article and Cannonball review

Train Whistles and Flies’ Wings
Offbeat Magazine - www.offbeat.com
Although New Orleans has a reputation as a brass/jazz/funk playground, it has been a home to songwriters since the beginning of the 20th Century. From Clarence Williams to Jelly Roll Morton to Dave Bartholomew, from Allen Toussaint and Earl King to more recent tunesmiths such as Paul Sanchez, Anders Osborne and Ed Volker, there’s a history of musicians putting words and notes together in profound ways. With How to Be a Cannonball, Alex McMurray takes his place in those ranks. 
read the whole article

How to be a cannonball review - Offbeat Magazine
Alex McMurray’s long awaited new album, How to Be a Cannonball, could be the record that gives him the recognition as being one of the best songwriters working today.
read the whole article

pic
05.04.2009

Fest Reviews

"Alex McMurray made a big impression at Jazz Fest "
Times Picayune - Nola.com
The crowd that showed up for his Lagniappe Stage set -- in the high hundreds, at least -- caught him off guard. "I'm just not used to playing for so many people," he said. He should be. Read the rest of the article

French Quarter Festival, New Orleans
Jazz Times
This raw, funky street trio, a crowd favorite, delivered a wealth of rich material ranging from McMurray’s sea chanty
"The Ballad of Cap’n Sandy" and Danny Barker’s "Palm Court Strut", a naughty N’awlins classic full of sexual innuendo,
to covers of Chuck Berry’s "Maybellene" and Cab Calloway’s "The Man From Harlem". 
Read the rest of the article

From Shaky Start to Enduring Tradition - Jazz Fest 2009 article
New York Times
Jazzfest is a one-stop gathering of nearly every ranking local act. This year there were brass bands like the Dirty...

Read More
pic
05.03.2009

Jazzfest: Behind Threadhead Records

The New York Times by Jon Parales

Threadhead sounded like an odd name for a record company when I mentioned Glen David Andrews’s gospel album, “Walking Through Heaven’s Gate.” And there’s a story behind it. Threadheads are members of an online social community born out of message threads on the forum at nojazzfest.com;

The New York Times
05.02.2009

Threadheads give up-and-coming musicians a boost

Los Angeles Times by Geoffrey Himes

The concept was simple: Fans usually pay for records after they've been made by purchasing them in stores or online. But if the fans put in the money upfront, they could make sure that the records they wanted to hear got made.

Los Angeles Times
04.20.2009

New Alex McMurray Release! <br>How to be a Cannon Ball

Check out the latest release by Alex McMurray. 
CD's are available for sale here
Samples tracks of the new CD here

pic
04.10.2009

NOLAFUgee Interview - 7 Questions with Alex McMurray

Local musician Alex McMurray, a NOLAFugees favorite, offers a brief glimpse into the professional grind, the state of the city, and why you shouldn't request "Rosy Fingered Dawn" at his shows.

1.) Do you sometimes feel, whether you want to or not, like an elder statesman in the local music scene?

Alex: No.

Read the rest of the article! (The answers get even better as the question roll on...)

Nolafugee.com

 

pic
04.10.2009

NOLAFUgee Interview - 7 Questions with Alex McMurray

NOLAFUgee

Local musician Alex McMurray, a NOLAFugees favorite, offers a brief glimpse into the professional grind, the state of the city, and why you shouldn't request "Rosy Fingered Dawn" at his shows. Do you sometimes feel, whether you want to or not, like an elder statesman in the local music scene? Alex: No.

Read More
NOLAFUgee