Hey, so this is fun. The Prestons will be appearing this coming Saturday, September 2nd., at Luthier's Co-Op in Easthampton. We have the 8-9:30pm slot, bookended by True Believers from 7-8, and Marc Delgado rounding out the night from 9:30-11pm. It's going to be a great evening of superb entertainment and neighborly warmth. Use your time wisely. Come join us.
Back in January, Nick and Fred and I gave our trio a new name: The Town Council. You can read all about it HERE. Anyway, it turns out that this year has become our farewell tour. Life brought a few changes over past few months, and we've decided to put the band behind us.
We had a good run (eighteen years worth, if you go back as far as the Bluescasters and on through Group DeVille), but after one final appearance on September 29th at Mocha Maya's, we're done with public life. Our deepest thanks go to all of you who attended our shows, bought our albums, and cheered us on the whole way. And very special thanks as well to the venues we played, and the many great acts we shared the stage with through all these years.
Here's a sneak preview of the cover art for the upcoming album by The Prestons.
The album will feature six songs in all, three each from the two of us (The Prestons is my duo with Connecticut songwriter Bill Catalde, in case you don't know). I am really pleased with how it's turning out. The record is slated for release later this year sometime. We'll keep you posted.
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.
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.
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?
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
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.
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.
first appearance as The Town Council will be Friday, February 24th at
Luthier's Co-Op, sharing the bill with Colorway and Soul Magnets.