Saturday, June 17, 2017

Action Shot.

Our good friend Hannah captured the band at work last night in Easthampton.

The Town Council at Luthier's Co-Op. Photo: Hannah Zahn

Friday, May 26, 2017

The Last Will Be First.

Here's the last Last Friday song, at least for volume one. I'm sure the project will eventually have a volume two, but exactly when is anyone's guess. And don't forget, another version of this by The Prestons will be the first song (the title track, in fact) on their upcoming album.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Beautiful Rain.

I haven't been announcing the Last Friday song titles ahead of each release, but this month is a bit different. May will be the final month for Volume One of the project, and this time I'm going to be releasing a solo arrangement of a song which will also be the title track on the upcoming EP by The Prestons. Below is a sneak preview of the album cover art. For the single release art, you'll have to wait until the 26th.

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.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

The Advocate Session.

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

Discography Update.

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.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Promo Sheet.

Click to enlarge  •  Made using original photos by Hannah Zahn

Friday, March 31, 2017

Another Last Friday.

How about an upbeat pop tale about an unrequited crush? Okay, CLICK HERE.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

The Town Council.

Our friend Hannah Zahn got some cool shots of us at the debut show at Luthier's Co-Op. This was also the first time I'd brought the new Strat out in public. It's a wonderful guitar. 

Friday, February 24, 2017

Another Last Friday.

February's Last Friday song is called Forever and a Day. Go get it.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Come Out! Come 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?

Friday, February 17, 2017

Four To Go.

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.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Monday, January 9, 2017

(Re)Introducing: The Town Council


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.