Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Spirit of '86.

Photo by Chris Collingwood
My friend Chris and I went to see Mike Peters at the Iron Horse last night, partly because another friend, Scott Lawson Pomeroy, was the opener (he killed it, by the way, per usual). But we also wanted to go because we were both fans of The Alarm back in the Eighties. They had a string of radio hits and were frequently on MTV (remember when MTV was mostly about music?). Probably my favorite song of theirs was Rain in the Summertime. Go ahead, click the link. Catchy, right?

Friday, September 9, 2016

Back In The Charts.

My new single Goodbye Lonely Times has put me in the charts again, at least over at Radio Free Americana. The track was just added this week, and I am sitting at 126, tied with Bob Weir, among others.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Transperformance 2016.

Photo by Chris Collingwood
21 bands played Northampton's annual Transperformance bash yesterday. The event is held every August as a fundraiser for the Northampton schools' arts programs, and is always a ton of fun, with somewhere around two thousand in attendance. The theme this year was "Labor Party," so each act based their set on a job/occupation-related artist like The Police, MGMT, etc. I played guitar for the Zip Cody band, as we transperformed ourselves into Johnny Paycheck. It sure was fun crankin' up the Tele and sending some chicken-pickin' goodness out into the evening air.

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.