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Lansdale Station

by Lansdale Station

Southern Roots meets the New San Francisco Sound
Genre: Rock: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Family Asylum
4:40 $0.99
2. Blue
4:05 $0.99
3. Here We Go
3:33 $0.99
4. Houselevelers
4:43 $0.99
5. Come all Ye
5:15 $0.99
6. Hired Hand
5:04 $0.99
7. Mercy
3:42 $0.99
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Album Notes

In Loving Memory of our musical brother Rafael Martin Fierro 1942-2008

*\"Lauren & Judge Murphy w/ Lansdale Station are one of the best unsigned bands in the Bay Area\" Ronn Owens KGO Radio

*\"Excellent!\"....... WWOZ New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Radio

*\"Anyone who can tackle a Fairport Convention Song has enough stones to command my attention\" Karson DJ KPIG Radio

*\"Bawdy & Poignant....Riveting Performance Art \"The Oxford American Magazine.

*\"Triumphant..... a musical direct hit\"

*\"I love these guys!\" …….Frank Hayhurst Owner Zone Music, DJ KRSH Radio Sonoma,Co.

*“These guys were sooooooo good! And you can tell that they really love what they do.I would have to describe them as rock with a back-woods county flavor that leaves a good taste in your mouth. A mix of Allman Bros. riffs, Grateful Dead jam, and vocals that combine George Thorogood with Joni Mitchell. These guys capture the Fairfax vibe and turn it up to 11.” Shelly Champine - MARIN LOCAL MUSIC

Featured Players:
Lauren Murphy- composer, words & music, vocals, taylor CE-314 guitar
Judge Murphy - vocals & collaborative writer & percussion
Danny Uzilevsky - lead guitar Gibson Les Paul & Fender Stratocaster
Rayner Brock - Ibanez SRZ-655 5 string bass
Jimmy Cucuzella - Vintage Harmony arch top Slide guitar
Ed Michaels - drums
Special thanks to Dana Miller for his drum work

Lansdale Station will release their first official band album, mid October 2008. Recorded at Hyde Street Studios in San Francisco, and recorded mixed & mastered at Prairie Sun Studios in Cotati, Ca., this body of work is well crafted, ballsy yet intelligent, and focuses on powerful vocal harmonies, poignant lyrics, heavy grooves, and stellar slide & lead guitar riffs.

Named after a demolished train station in Marin County, Ca., Lansdale Station formed over the summer of 2005, when a union of legendary Bay Area players came together to record Lauren Murphy\'s album, \"Magnolia Heart.\"(CD BABY) The result was a powerful concoction, melding \'Southern Roots\' music with the \'New San Francisco Sound.\' Now in their 3rd year, momentum, versatility, & reputation has earned Lansdale Station wide spread radio support and coveted Main Stage slots on the Festival Circuit and at Destination Venues.

Coming from the jazz/rock/electric band ZERO, lead vocalist , Judge Murphy, teamed up w/ his wife, New Orleans composer, vocalist, guitarist, & dancer Lauren Murphy( HOUSELEVELERS / DELPHINIUM BLUE /ZERO). The two have a symbiotic stage presence with a power that charms.

Their shows have fast become a favorite of audiences, well known for their mighty harmony vocals & stage chemistry.

\"Magnolia Heart\", by Lauren Murphy, has been dubbed \"triumphant\" & \" a musical direct hit\" by Indie and can be heard on the airwaves throughout California, into the South East, and in Europe. Their new Cd, \"Lansdale Station\", is primed to be one of the best albums of 2008.

The band\'s successful performances in the last 3 years, has quickly strengthened their reputation, landing them at high profile venues including KGO Radio & ABC Studios, Sausalito Arts Festival, Trinity Tribal Stomp, The Mystic Theatre\', Krush Wine Country Radio Backyard BBQ, Biscuits & Blues, Sweetwater Saloon, Humboldt Hills Hoedown, Last Day Saloon, Live on KPIG Radio, Benbow Summer Arts & Music Festival, Rancho Nicasio, and more, while garnering co bills w/ talent the likes of 2 time AMA winner James McMurtry, Multi Platinum Artist Raul Malo, The Neville Brothers, Elvin Bishop, Roy Rogers, Peter Rowan, Dan Lebowitz of ALO, Junior Brown, New Monsoon, The Mother Hips, Papa Mali, Pete Sears, & Vince Herman\'s Great American Taxi.

Described by many as \'down home\' performers, Lansdale Station\'s relationship with their audience is intimate, interactive, and spicy.

Cover Photo & layout by the Legendary Robert Minkin (Eric Clapton/ Grateful Dead / Phil Lesh / Buddy Guy)



to write a review

Lauren Murphy - owner Lansdale Station

Jambase Editor Dennis Cook on Lansdale Station
This sweeps you up with a readiness and confidence that takes your feet out from underneath you. Opener "Family Asylum" could be the greatest Johnny Cash/June Carter gem you've never heard, packed with crazy relatives, cool turns of phrase, death bed worry and a vibe the boys at Folsom Prison would've loved. From there, the wind whips us westward into the "Blue," with ringing guitars and manly energies suggesting both surf rock and the Los Angeles rough boy rock of The Blasters. And so it goes for the remaining five cuts, shifting wildly yet grounded in something solid. When most people reference "roots music" or "Americana" it's often a cheap way of saying rock 'n' roll with a touch of twang. However, there's some bands that fully embrace a wide sweep of American bred possibilities – blues, rock, country, zydeco, folk, etc. – and Lansdale Station throws their arms around homegrown possibilities with infectious relish.
Led by the powerful singing duo of Judge Murphy (Zero) and spouse Lauren Murphy, Lansdale Station is what I call a "fundamental pleasure," a group that has all the basics down cold and then fills in the right details and delivers performances that still feel very much of the moment - think Buddy & Julie Miller or Gillian Welch & David Rawlings as prime examples. From the dead solid songwriting to the crisp musicianship, there's sturdy bedrock to each cut, which Lauren and Judge use as platforms for their spirited, character-filled voices to soar. There's wonderful boy-girl energy to the pair, though each sings with serious oomph on their own, too. Trying to describe voices like theirs is akin to cataloging the flavors of fine wine. Better to just roll it around for a while and let the bouquet saturate your senses.

If country radio had any real taste or guts the breathlessly rockin' "Hired Hand" would already be a smash, while "Houselevelers" moves with killer restraint, capturing the floating menace of being really broke but also the pleasure and freedom of living on the ragged edge. Closer "Mercy" is marvelous R&B with a fab rock itch, something The Meters might've stumbled upon in their heyday, and they further sweeten the deal with a pitch perfect cover of Fairport Convention's "Come All Ye." This debut is a terrific calling card, and one hopes it puts them onstage with folks like Gillian and Buddy. These are kindred spirits, musician's musicians who've retained the palpable excitement of music making. It's rare for seasoned veterans to resonate such unbridled enjoyment, and better still when that mojo can be anchored to such maturely crafted fare.

Paul Liberatore

The Marin Independent Journal's "Here" Issue 10/22-29, 2008

Reviews of releases by local artists

Lansdale Station
Lansdale Station

Lansdale Station, a Marin band, spotlighting the husband and wife team of Judge & Lauren Murphy, takes its name from what was once the first San Anselmo stop of the old Northern Pacific Railroad.
It’s a hip historical reference for a band whose understanding of rock’s past is evident on their eponymous debut CD, showcasing six original songs and one very cool cover in a traditional guitar-driven style that mixes Southern rock with a fresh take on the San Francisco Sound.
Raised in Marin, Judge Murphy sang for years with Zero, the Marin progressive rock aggregation that included the late Quicksilver Messenger Service guitar slinger John Cipollina. One of the more impassioned moments on this independent CD is Murphy’s rugged baritone on a respectful rendition of Cipollina’s driving rocker “Hired Hand.”
Lauren Murphy, previously featured with her husband on her solo CD, “Magnolia Heart,” comes from New Orleans and brings her Southern sensibility to songs like “Family Asylum,” the medium tempo rocker that opens the album with some righteously raw guitar work from Danny Uzilevsky , one of the young hot shots on the Marin club scene, and slide guitarist Jimmy Cucuzella (Swamp Thang).
Dana Miller (The Mother Truckers, Chrome Johnson) and Rayner Brock (King Perkoff) form a flexible rhythm section on evocative story songs like Lauren Murphy’s “Houselevelers.”
Proving once and for all that Lansdale Station is an authentic Marin band with respect for its roots, the Murphy’s dedicate their album to the memory of the charismatic tenor saxophonist Martin Fierro, who died in March.
Buy it: “Lansdale Station” at or oder an autographed copy by sending a money order to Lansdale Station, P.O. Box 221, San Anselmo, Ca. 94979. $12.50


TAXI A & R reviews "Family Asylum" from the Cd ’Lansdale Station’ with High scor
Taxi A & R judge's songs on a number of components and grades on a grid . Overall , on a scale of 0-10, with 10 being the highest, the Judge's gave us a solid 8. Please keep in mind as you read, that while the comments noted are basic, they were the top of the line for scoring!

Here is what they have to say .

Song title: Family Asylum

Title rating: "Innovative & Different"

Style : "Country Rock with influences al la Emmylou Harris"

Melody rating" Good Music in verses. Good Music is choruses." with side note "Nice musical choices with a solid backing track"

Song Structure rating: "Well written"

Lyric Structure rating: "Unique" with side note " Interesting picture created around this scenario".

Overall Comments: " I like the raw energy that comes across in this tune. This is also a very inventive perspective/viewpoint for this type of situation. I recommend looking into film/TV placement, as Music supervisors are looking for material such as this".

Music 8, Lyrics 8, Arrangement 8, Production 8, Engineering 8