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El Dorado

by Lauren Murphy

Co-Produced by Grammy Nominated Producer, Mooka Rennick, this is Lauren's most mature & masterful work to date; These songs carry the listener on a finely crafted journey through loss, strength, & redemption. Dedicated lovingly to her late husband, Judge
Genre: Country: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Snow On the Dogwoods (feat. Will Kimbrough)
4:52 $0.99
2. For the Love of Texas Ellen (feat. Will Kimbrough)
4:42 $0.99
3. El Dorado (feat. Dave Zirbel)
5:26 $0.99
4. The Ballad of Booker & Honey (feat. Ryan Scott & Will Kimbrough)
3:52 $0.99
5. Love Again (feat. Will Kimbrough & Dave Zirbel)
4:59 $0.99
6. Hallie Lonnigan (feat. Mark Karan & Dave Zirbel)
3:28 $0.99
7. Sweet Louisa (feat. Will Kimbrough)
3:29 $0.99
8. The Dreadful Wind and the Rain (feat. Dave Zirbel & Jonny Mojo Flores)
5:22 $0.99
9. Renegade Rose (feat. Mark Karan)
2:57 $0.99
10. True (feat. Mark Karan & Jonny Mojo Flores)
3:58 $0.99
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Album Notes
Funded in part by Kickstarter backers, "El Dorado" is Lauren's first Solo Cd in nearly a decade. Recorded, Mixed, & Mastered at Prairie Sun Studios in Cotati, Ca., this highly anticipated 10 song offering is her most mature & masterful record yet. "El Dorado" features the talents of Nashville Multi-Instrumentalist of the year, "The Alien" Will Kimbrough (Rodney Crowell/Emmylou Harris), Mark Karan(Rat Dog), Ryan Scott (Monophonic Horns), and more. While Lauren's writing has been compared to Emmylou, Patty Griffin, and other prominent women on the Americana scene, she is a force of her own, being described by Relix Magazine as "Lady Willpower", writing "songs from the heart that sweep you off your feet"(Jambase). It has been said that great art can emerge from great tragedy, and this CD is proof positive. It is not only a moving tribute to her late husband Judge, "El Dorado" is a founding cornerstone of Lauren's "new life" that she is placing firmly in the halls of the music world, and deeply in the souls of her fans.

Lauren Murphy~ vocals, songwriting, & Taylor 314 CE,Moonstone, & Fuller Guitars
Will Kimbrough- lead guitar, mandolin, banjo, dobro, & slide guitars
Mark Karan ~ lead & rhythm guitars
Dave Zirbel ~ pedal steel, banjo, & dobro
Ryan Scott- trumpet
Jonny "Mojo" Flores ~ mandolin, supro slide guitar, & national guitar
Paul Olguin ~ stand up double bass
Vince Littleton ~ drums & percussion



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The Marin Independent Journal , Critic Paul Liberatore

Lauren Murphy's 'El Dorado,' an album of loss and love
Singer-songwriter Lauren Murphy dedicates "El Dorado," a collection of heartfelt Americana, to her late husband, Judge Murphy, her singing partner in the Marin band Lansdale Station.

The album title was inspired by the county where he died of liver cancer in 2013. The couple moved there with their daughter after decades on the Marin music scene.

Murphy wrote eight of the 10 songs on "El Dorado," including the ardent ballad "Love Again." In her quavering vibrato, she pours her pain and loss into the song, conveying both grief and hope, singing, "I will find peace within/I will learn to love again."

She mourns the passing of another beloved local musician, saxophonist Martin Fierro, on "True," an acoustic ballad featuring Mark Karan on 12-string guitar and Jonny Flores of the band Achilles Wheel on National steel guitar.

In true Americana fashion, she based the songs "For the Love of Ellen," an uptempo tune showcasing Will Kimbrough on dobro and mandolin, and "Sweet Louisa," another sprightly story song of death and lost love, on Gold Rush women buried in Coloma's Pioneer Cemetery. She continues that historical theme with the Tom Russell penned "Hallie Lonnigan," a brisk country tune with Dave Zirbel leading the way on pedal steel and banjo.

Recorded at Cotati's Prairie Sun Studios, the album is grounded by the rhythm section of drummer Vince Littleton and bassist Paul Olquin. Ryan Scott adds a brassy sound to the string band ensemble, playing trumpet on the toe tapping "The Ballad of Booker & Honey."

With "El Dorado," Murphy carries on a musical career she once shared with her husband. Listening to it, you can't help thinking he'd be proud of her.