Alex McMurray | Banjaxed

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by Alex McMurray

New Orleans songwriter Alex Mcmurray's solo debut mixes timeless tales of lovelorn desperadoes with some of the Crescent City's finest musicians.
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. High Summer
3:26 $0.99
2. Wedding Day
4:36 $0.99
3. Joliet
3:51 $0.99
4. The Man Who Couldn't Whistle
3:30 $0.99
5. Council Bluffs
5:34 $0.99
6. Effortless Binge
4:58 $0.99
7. Our Kind of Rain
5:01 $0.99
8. 1914
3:37 $0.99
9. Upon the Soggy Bottom
5:04 $0.99
10. Its Not the Years, Its the Miles
4:32 $0.99
11. Lazy Eye
4:17 $0.99
12. The Day After Mardi Gras Day
3:55 $0.99
13. The Old Bar
3:47 $0.99
14. Barry's Fashion Lighters
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15. Ballad of an Old Dog
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Album Notes
Alex McMurray bas been described in Rolling Stone magazine as "what Tom Waits would sound like if he was from New Orleans". Alex came to New Orleans from New Jersey in 1986 to attend Tulane University, and quickly became involved in the local music scene. He played in the venerated Vince Berman Trio and after graduating joined with Uptown Funk legend Mike Ward and Reward as well as seventh ward rastas Ben Hunter and Crucial Roots.

In the mid 90's McMurray toured Germany with the Joyful Gospel Singers. Shortly after, he joined the funk band All That, recorded 3 CDs and toured with them. Needing an outlet for his own music, Alex formed Royal Fingerbowl. One of New Orleans most beloved, if eccentric bands, Fingerbowl had a meteoric rise and fall. Signed to TVT records, they released 2 CDs and toured the continent before disbanding.

Almost immediately after he formed the Tin Men with former Fingerbowl bassist and tubist Matt Perrine and blues icon Washboard Chaz. They currently have 2 CDs: 2003's "Super Great Music for Modern Lovers" and 2005's "Freaks for Industry". They remain New Orleans' premier sousaphone/washboard/guitar trio.

In 2000 McMurray started the New Orleans rock steady anomaly 007 with Jeffrey Clemens of G-Love and Special Sauce, Joe Cabral of the Iguanas and Jonathan Freilich, the evil genius responsible for the Naked Orchestra and the New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars. They released their CD "Studied Rudeness" in 2004 and are perennial winners in the world music category at the New Orleans Big Easy and Offbeat awards.

In 2002 Alex embarked on a 6 month stint singing sea shanteys at Tokyo DisneySea, after which he headed back to New Orleans to reunite with his various bands. In 2003 McMurray released his first solo CD "Banjaxed", joined by the likes of Rene Coman, Carlo Nuccio, Matt Perrine and David Torkanowski, among others. The record was produced by Jeff Treffinger.

In 2004 Alex packed his bags after 17 years in the Crescent City and moved to New York City, where he plays regularly throughout the Northeast. However, he often returns to his longtime adopted home



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