Sunday, November 26, 2017

A New Release From The Prestons.

On November 24th, The Prestons launched their latest collection of songs as a free download on their Bandcamp page. Beautiful Rain is a six-song record, featuring three each from Bill and Rick (or Liam and Chard, if you will). Plans are afoot to release a physical CD sometime next year, very likely come Spring when the duo starts playing shows again.


Okay, so much for the third-person press release style stuff. You'll note that I've made some changes over there in the right-hand column. In addition to the links to my solo albums, there are now links to all three albums by The Prestons. I've listed everything in reverse chronological order, with the latest offering on top. Much in the way the blog posts themselves are arranged, come to think of it.

Just click on any of the album covers to pop over and download whatever suits your pleasure. With my solo material, it's "name your price," meaning there's the option to slip a little something my way, but everything by The Prestons is just plain free. Bill and I never connected the page with any payments account, so we decided to continue along that same path with Beautiful Rain. Once the CD version is pressed, you can toss some cash in the tip jar at a gig and take one home.

In the meantime, stay warm through the next few months, and enjoy the Winter holidays. We'll see you in the Spring.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Do Not Adjust Your Set.

Yeah, haven't posted in a while. Not experiencing technical difficulties, just taking a few months off from recording and performing. I may break radio silence and/or make a guest appearance from time to time, but there will be no official bookings or sessions until the Winter holidays are over. But not to worry, I'm also writing a pile of new songs, and we'll be releasing the latest album by The Prestons very soon. Thank you for stopping by.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Suddenly, The Prestons.

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.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Retirement.

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.

Friday, June 30, 2017

The Last Fridays Album.

Available as of right now on Bandcamp. Enjoy. Tell your friends.


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

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Beautiful Rain.

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.

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, 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. 




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?

Monday, January 9, 2017

(Re)Introducing: The Town Council

THE BACKSTORY:

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.

2017:

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.