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Under the Lights

by Dave Murphy

"TOP 12 DIY PERFORMING SONGWRITER (Dec. 1999) At once thought provoking and an easy listen, graciously rides the fine Folk-Americana line.” (Fairfield County Weekly)
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Don't Cry Now
3:25 $0.99
2. Save Me
4:42 $0.99
3. Dance in the Rain
6:45 $0.99
4. Fly Away
5:10 $0.99
5. Autumn Rain
3:34 $0.99
6. Can't Get Next to You
4:32 $0.99
7. Under the Lights
5:59 $0.99
8. The Bottom
4:24 $0.99
9. I Wish I Could Tell You
4:17 $0.99
10. I See Things Differently
4:49 $0.99
11. Planet of Pain
4:42 $0.99
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Album Notes
Radio personality John Platt, of WFUV FM in New York City aptly described Brooklyn based singer-songwriter Dave Murphy as “the real deal.” During an on-air interview Platt asked Murphy; “being from the northeast, how is it that your music has such a feel of the American heartland?” Murphy paused…and answered simply “well John… it’s because I really like dairy products.” Clearly, Murphy does not take himself too seriously and this trait alone sets him apart from the glut of singer-songwriters out there.

“Up-and-coming singer/songwriter Dave Murphy flavors this diva-dominated genre with the unnerving perspective of a guy, you know, the strong but sensitive type…Murphy is a natural storyteller who uses both image-rich lyrics and compelling melodies to illustrate his tale…Murphy's music at once thought-provoking and an easy listen, graciously rides the fine folk/Americana line.” - Fairfield County Weekly

Murphy has performed at hundreds of venues from Texas to New England. Festivals such as the Kerrville Folk Festival and the Wildflower Festival in Texas, SONO Music & Arts Festival in Connecticut, New Jersey Folk Festival, Top listening rooms including the Tin Angel in Philadelphia, Outpost in the Burbs in Montclair,NJ and Postcrypt Café in New York and clubs like the Knitting Factory and Southpaw in New York City and Maxwell's in Hoboken,NJ.

Over the last several years Murphy has shared the stage with Suzanne Vega, Steve Forbert, Slaid Cleaves, Alejandro Escovedo, Christine Lavin, Lucy Kaplansky, Mike Doughty, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Vic Chesnutt, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Christine Lavin and more.

Under the Lights, released in 1998 was Murphy’s solo debut album. Honest, intimate and revealing, this collection of original tunes reflected Murphy’s personal journey up until that point. In December 1999 Performing Songwriter selected Under the Lights as a prestigious Top- 12 DIY pick.

“Murphy sings in a gentle, unaffected baritone that suits his musings perfectly. He knows what he knows and he’s working on the rest. For the like-minded, Under the Lights will be illuminating, indeed.”- Performing Songwriter

“The collection’s simple, clean production compliments his bare-bones lyrics and smooth voice. A musical Raymond Carver, Murphy taps the raw nerve so many struggling songwriters can’t seem to find, creating a tight, focused album that delivers everything it promises.”- Twin Cities Revue

“Impressive…finely crafted songs.”- Acoustic Live

“A masterful blend of Country, Americana and Folk Rock, a wonderful triumph of the human spirit in song.”- Tribes Hill News

For booking contact: Dave Murphy at: d.murphy1@att.net




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Amazing artist - a "Must Have" for any music collection!!!
CD is amazing - words and music are extremely meaningful and sure to hit home..cd is permanently in my car & played all the time!!
Mix of Mellow songs & upbeat tunes - just a GREAT LISTEN!!
Get yourself a copy - you will not be disappointed!! If you like John Prine, Steve Forbert, and other singer/songwriters you will Love Dave...... :0) I loved it so much I purchased another one by him too!!


Great singer songwriter
Great CD in the style of Shawn Mullins, Steve Earle, etc. Under the Lights has great songs, including the very catchy title track. This stays in my cd player. Pick it up!



Great singer songwriter
Great CD in the style of Shawn Mullins, Steve Earle, etc. Under the Lights has great songs, including the very catchy title track. This stays in my cd player. Pick it up!