Tin Men to play APAP showcase in NYC Jan 7

The Tin Men are traveling to New York City to appear at the Association of Performing Arts Presenters showcase at The Bitter End. Here's the lineup.

Sasha Masakowski & Musical Playground/ 8PM
Tin Men/ 9PM
Grayson Capps/ 10pm
Jamie McLean Band/ 11PM
The Iguanas/ Midnight
Honey Island Swamp Band/ Late Set- 1AM

open to the public! advance tickets available http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3375645

APAP website http://www.apapnyc.org/Pages/default.aspx


Best of the Beat Nominations

Offbeat Magazine's Best of the Beat Awards thing will be held on Jan 28 at Generations Hall. Alex is up for two categories "best songwriter" and "best guitar player". As we all know, music is not a competition, but in the spirit of full disclosure you can go to the offbeat website here http://www.offbeat.com/2010-best-of-the-beat-awards and vote for Luke or Jonathan, Anders or Paul or whoever you like...


Return of the Theater of the Damned

Thursday nights will mark the return of Alex McMurray solo shows on the early side of the evening starting December 30 for a special 8-10pm show with Bill Malchow, then continuing every Thursday in January starting at 9. Hopefully it's a time and place people can make and we can keep it going through the spring. Along the way I hope to have some special guests, so check out the site from time to time to see who's coming by.


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!


Friday Sep 24 2010

618 Frenchmen St.
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 942-3731
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Sat Sep 25 2010 
Le Bon Temps Roule

4801 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 895-8117
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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



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, 2010



Sometime Post-Mardi Gras 2010

Finally the noise has come down to a level where one can hear a little. There’s still a general background buzz of around 105 db, but one can begin to hear one’s neighbor. The eyes are able to focus at last. The shattered nerves and strained heart and limbs are almost mended. It’s been possible to turn the heat off these last few days, and it looks like we are finally a-hurrying into spring.

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...
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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!

http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/leh/lcv-winter09/#/94 - Pages 92 and 93 - talks about Alex and Cannonball.

http://digital.olivesoftware.com/Olive/ODE/Tulanian/ - Banjo National Anthem at Tulane Basket Ball' openning game. Check out page 35.

Go Green Wave!


Tom Paines New Release Arriving Any Day!


The Tom Paines are set to release their first disk.
'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...

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Alex McMurray nominated for two Big Easy Awards!


Alex has been nominate for male entertainer of the year and album of the year!

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...

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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


North Fork Sound's 50 Best Songs, 2009
#1 The Woman I Love.
http://northforksound.blogspot.com/ (Sunday, December 13, 2009)

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 thats 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.

Burnwood Tonight

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...

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New Press For Alex McMurray


Paul Sanchez, Susan Cowsill, John Boutte and more host 'A Very Threadhead Holiday'
house party

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)