The Valley Advocate, a widely-read local weekly, has been taping a series of in-office music videos, much in the same vein as NPR's Tiny Desk concerts. Expertly filmed by staff from Northampton Community Television, and with audio captured by Signature Sounds, the videos are all top-shelf productions of intimate performances in a very cool setting.
I recently taped an Advocate Session, and it is now online. CLICK HERE. There's an interview clip, and another of my five-song set.
Friday, April 7, 2017
There's a link over there in the right-hand sidebar that leads to a periodically updated discography post. It's a list of recording projects I've been involved with, and I just brought it up to date this morning. It's getting to be a long list. Anyway, if you're interested, CHECK IT OUT.
Posted by Rick at 11:45 AM
Thursday, April 6, 2017
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Friday, February 24, 2017
Monday, February 20, 2017
The Town Council plays Luthier's Co-Op in Easthampton this coming Friday night. We're on from 7-8pm, and following our set are two other great acts: Colorway from 8-9:30, and Soul Magnets from 9:30-11pm. This is gonna be a really fun evening, in one of our favorite rooms. Do join us, won't you?
Posted by Rick at 9:04 AM
Friday, February 17, 2017
This being February, there are now four songs left to release during this first Last Fridays project. Volume One concludes in May, and plans are afoot for a downloadable album in June. The song sequence will represent the order in which the singles were released.
A very limited edition of physical CDs will be pressed at some point after that, along with a souvenir full-color poster. I'm currently toying with the idea of having this coincide with my birthday in October. Good excuse for a bash, right?
Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy the next four songs as much as you have the ones up 'til now. Thanks for listening.
Posted by Rick at 11:53 AM
Friday, January 27, 2017
Monday, January 9, 2017
Nick Dines, Fred Goodhue, and I first played together in a neighborhood band called The Bluescasters. Eventually we went all-original and renamed ourselves Group DeVille. GDV made a demo CD, started booking club shows, and went on to enjoy a twelve year run performing throughout the Northeast, recording and releasing four well-received albums of blues rock along the way.
Group DeVille disbanded in 2011, and I went off on my own, releasing the "Wednesday Child" and "Building the Railroad" albums in 2012 and 2015, respectively. I've been fortunate to have played and toured with many local pros, and have shared a few stages with some of my favorite international acts. But I've also kept playing area shows with Nick and Fred as my rhythm section, mainly community events and benefits, but the occasional club gig as well.
Sometime last year, Nick and Fred and I realized that those bluesy numbers from the GDV days and the classics we covered with The Bluescasters are what we enjoy playing best when we're together. We've decided to take this approach from this point on, and leave my solo material to my solo gigs. We will be performing not as The Rick Murnane Band or Trio or whatever, but under a new name that means the three of us instead of just highlighting one of us. As of now, we are The Town Council.
Our first appearance as The Town Council will be Friday, February 24th at Luthier's Co-Op, sharing the bill with Colorway and Soul Magnets.
Posted by Rick at 3:46 PM