Electricity

Electricity

by Jimmy Murphy
     
 

The late Jimmy Murphy always defied categorization. His influences ranged from Jimmie Rodgers and rockabilly to honky tonk and bluegrass. Fact is, Murphy was quite comfortable performing any of these styles and more. With the reissue of Electricity, some of Murphy's best performances are highlighted,See more details below

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The late Jimmy Murphy always defied categorization. His influences ranged from Jimmie Rodgers and rockabilly to honky tonk and bluegrass. Fact is, Murphy was quite comfortable performing any of these styles and more. With the reissue of Electricity, some of Murphy's best performances are highlighted, including a pair of live tracks, "John the Baptist" and "Holy Ghost Millionaire," recorded at the National Folk Festival in 1977. Murphy delivers a thoughtful country number, "Mother Where Is Your Daughter Tonight," one minute, and blues the next, with "Shanty Boat Blues" and "Big Mama Blues." "I Get a Longing to Hear Hank Sing the Blues" is an apt tribute to fellow Alabama singer/songwriter Hank Williams. There are also several gospel tunes, including "The Morning Light Is Breaking" and "He's Always the Same." Murphy, who died in 1981, possessed a dazzling guitar technique and a tried and true, hard country voice. The critics could never decide whether he was bluegrass or straight country, but the fact is, he was both and neither. He was a hardcore country artist grounded in the blues, with an obvious love for bluegrass and gospel music. Nowadays, Murphy would be lumped into the same category with Dwight Yoakam and Steve Earle, but during the '50s and '60s, no one knew exactly what to make of him. Now, years after his death, Murphy has found his niche. Maybe the critics can rest easy now and just enjoy this fine music.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/23/1999
Label:
Sugarhill
UPC:
0015891389028
catalogNumber:
3890
Rank:
337633

Tracks

  1. You Touched Me and Made Me Live Again  - Jimmy Murphy
  2. Electricity  - Jimmy Murphy
  3. Shanty Boat Blues  - Jimmy Murphy
  4. He's Always the Same  - Jimmy Murphy
  5. It Seems I Always Get What I Don't Want  - Jimmy Murphy
  6. Wake Me up Sweet Jesus  - Jimmy Murphy
  7. We Live a Long Time to Get Old  - Jimmy Murphy
  8. I Get a Longing to Hear Hank Sing the Blues  - Jimmy Murphy
  9. Mother Where Is Your Daughter Tonight  - Jimmy Murphy
  10. The Morning Light Is Breaking  - Jimmy Murphy
  11. Louise  - Jimmy Murphy
  12. Corbin Stomp  - Jimmy Murphy
  13. Big Mama Blues  - Jimmy Murphy
  14. How Long Blues  - Jimmy Murphy
  15. John the Baptist  - Jimmy Murphy
  16. Holy Ghost Millionaire  - Jimmy Murphy

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