Friday, August 26, 2016

New Single, New Policy.

The response to the Last Fridays project has been wonderful, and I have decided on a new download policy. Starting with today's song, we're going directly to the "pay what you like" arrangement, rather than charging at least a dollar during the first month of release. Many of you have paid way more than just the minimum, and some have slipped some cash into the kitty even when the songs went past their dollar-a-download days. Anyway, I'm grateful for your generosity. And those of you who can't spare a Washington right now shouldn't have to wait to get today's song into your device.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Hiatus = Evolution

So. We've been talking, and the Rick Murnane Band you have known recently is no more. We will be introducing a different take on the trio show in 2017, with a new name that doesn't have so much me in it, and more of an us feel. We're reworking the repertoire, concentrating on the intersection of blues, jazz, and pop that influenced our mutual favorites back when we first began performing together. Which means the set list will have more of a swing in its step than a rock swagger. We'll also be taking a new approach to booking and venues. The trio is basically going to have a life that is separate from my two solo albums and the Last Fridays project. Call it getting back into our comfort zone if you like, but at this point in the game, feeling at home feels like a good place to be.

Sunday, August 21, 2016


Our friend Ivan Oransky took this photo at our Bread Euphoria show. I cropped it a bit.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

The Florence Scene.

Original photo by F. Alex Johnson

My friend Al hosts an Open Mic night each Wednesday at Brew Practitioners in Florence. I stopped in one night early on, but knew ahead of time that I couldn't stay, so didn't have a guitar with me. I finally made it down there again last night, and brought one. Fun evening, great place, good people. I'll be back.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Another Last Fridays Single.

Time to head over to my Bandcamp page and get the latest Last Fridays release. This also means that last month's release, Valley of Hearts, is now at the "name your price" level. Win-win.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

All Folked Up Again.

I'll be back in South Hadley with Michael Orlen and Co. this Friday. It's time for another of Michael's All Folked Up evenings at the Thirsty Mind. I had a blast with these guys last year, so come out and join us if you've a mind to. Here, read a fine piece by George Lenker about the event.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The Trio Takes a Break.

The Rick Murnane Band shows in July (at the Thirsty Mind on the 16th, and Bread Euphoria on the 30th) will be our last two appearances before we enjoy a well-earned hiatus. I'll be concentrating on studio work and solo gigs from now on, but this is also not a final goodbye to the trio. We're still gonna pop up here and there from time to time. But for now, it's time for some time off.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Look Out, South Hadley.

I've played here before as part of Michael Orlen's excellent "All Folked Up" series, but this will be the trio's first appearance. Gonna be a "half acoustic, half electric" night, so don't miss it.