Jack Murray | Folk-Blues, Roots-Pop, Americana, Etc.

Jack has been a featured guest on Gene Shay’s "The Folk Show" on WXPN. You can listen to the broadcast here.

A brief introduction…

Jack is a veteran singer-songwriter and rock & roller now living in the the northwest corner of southeastern Pennsylvania, often performing as Jack Murray and The Midnight Creeps. His debut CD “Then There’s That…” was released in early 2008. Please take a listen. For more details about Jack and the band check out the READ section.


"I came across your CD last week, and I’ve got to tell you -it’s Gold. I just put that thing on and sat and listened straight through! I aired 2 of the songs this past Saturday "…Amazing Grace" and "Carolina Don’t Look Back" and I had listeners calling and emailing, saying "Who is THAT??!!!" -- Torchy Blaine -DJ at WDVR-FM in Sergeantsville NJ. Her show "Guitar Town" features a blend of outlaw country, alt, roots, Americana.


Debut CD "Then There's That…"

The CD or individual tracks can be purchased at the sites listed below – or, better yet, come to one of the shows and get one from Jack.

Then there's that CD

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Comments, Reviews:

“Thanks for sending that CD along. Amazing to me how many of the songs--which you sent to me on a cassette tape some number of years ago--had stuck with me. Just a little ways into each one I'd be anticipating the next chord change or guitar fill. I was driving an old Chevy S10 Blazer with a cassette player back then, and hearing these songs put me right back there. Found myself remembering, with remarkable clarity, things that I'd long forgotten.

The lyrics are terrific, the chord progressions new and interesting--but I have to admit that it's your killer Tele tone that sticks me like a harpoon. Still having a tough time deciding though, which I like better... the guitar groove in Here's to Hopin', or that first line about "The last rock you look under". Carolina struck me way back when as sort of Jackson Browne-flavored, and still does. Used To Be a River... well, that's just a really, really sad song and even though this CD has been in my (great big) truck for something like six weeks or better, sometimes I still have to skip it. Not because it's not a good song--but because it's too good, maybe. China Sea and If You're Gonna Do Wrong are my undisputed favorites; China because it could be 75 years old, and Do Wrong because it has all the right parts in all the right places and I can sure hear Marty Stuart taking that one for a ride.

I remember Don't Start Without Me from the tape... I like Apalachicola for a lot of reasons, probably mostly because the beat and dropped-D guitar fit the lyrics so well. One To Forget is one that I identify with personally in a big way and I have to thank you for putting what I was thinking into words. All Over Again is a song that's easy to listen to over and over--the lyrics dovetail to the melody perfectly and make it easy for me to appreciate the words each time through, and at the same time, pick up on new instrumental subtleties each time through. I'd happily whack off an appendage or two just to put together one instrumental like Dolly Maguire... that tune is remarkable. On the Down Side came pouring right back in from my memory, too. Similar feel to Here's to Hopin', at least in my mind, and that's what makes great songwriting--it's what lets me hear a song and think, "Oh, I bet Hank Williams (or Tim O'Brien, or Carter Stanley) wrote that..."

John McIltrot, Broadview Montana


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"I came across your CD last week, and I’ve got to tell you -it’s Gold. I just put that thing on and sat and listened straight through! I aired 2 of the songs this past Saturday ("…Amazing Grace…" and "Carolina Don’t Look Back") and I had listeners calling and emailing, saying “Who is THAT??!!!"

Torchy Blaine -DJ at WDVR-FM in Sergeantsville NJ. Her show "Guitar Town" features a blend of outlaw country, alt, roots, Americana.


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Bio

Singer/songwriter Jack Murray, from Sevierville, TN, now living in Barto, PA - was a founding member of country-rock band Golden Rocket in the late 70s, - featuring a unique mix of folk blues, rock & roll and traditional country music. He’s played in countless other musical combinations while successfully writing for Nashville recording artists and providing his various country and rock bands with strong and witty original material. As a charter member of Philadelphia’s Black Flag and other bands in the 1970’s, Jack has performed in clubs all over the city, including the original Electric Factory.

After an extended hiatus, a recent burst of writing has unexpectedly launched him back into the world of music, having become a popular headlining act as a singer/songwriter at many venues in the Philadelphia area, including the legendary Godfrey Daniels in Bethlehem, Landhaven in Huffs Church, MusikFest ‘09 in Bethlehem and the Sellersville Theater. Along with various other radio interviews and performances, he was a featured solo guest on Gene Shay’s "The Folk Show" on WXPN in 2008 - and again in 2009 with his band The Midnight Creeps - Listen here.

The Midnight Creeps feature guitar wonder Alan Landes, B3 master Karl Frick “moonlighting” on bass and Tin Bird Choir’s Ellen Houle on percussion. Jack and Karl “host” the infamous weekly musical free-for-all in nearby Barto every Thursday night -welcoming many first-rate players and performers from all over -including some surprise “drop-ins” -like Barrie Maguire of the Wallflowers, singer/songwriter Randall Williams, Saffire’s Ann Rabson and Nashville songwriting legend David Olney.

Jack’s overdue debut CD “Then There’s That” was released in early 2008, featuring his unique guitar and vocal stylings and powerful original songs. A new CD is now in the works and is expected to be released in 2010.

Lyrics

  • Here's To Hopin (That "Amazing Grace" Is True) You know the last rock you look under is the one you been standin on
    Just like the last place you look is where you find it
    Waitin for you all along
    All the lyin, denyin, playin games, pointin fingers, namin names
    So tired of pretendin we don’t do all the things we do
    So here’s to hopin that “Amazing Grace” is true.

    They say the moon winks at the ones still standing, doin the best they can
    So take the slack, Jack –and a cup of black coffee
    And try it all over again
    No big mystery, aint no doubt, no more tryin to figure it out
    No more pretendin we don’t do all the things we do
    So here’s to hopin that “Amazing Grace” is true.

    C
    But when the moon comes up and the ghosts come out:
    Everything I ought to feel bad about…
    But there in the middle –is everything I still do.
    So here’s to the words of that good old song
    Here’s to gettin back to where we once belonged
    And here’s to hopin that “Amazing Grace” is true.
  • Carolina Don't Look Back I don’t know where you been so long -just so long as you’re here tonight
    Lookin so good by the radio light -you’re givin me a heart attack
    Don’t look back in your rearview mirror -some ghosts are closer than they might appear
    Hold on tight, Honey I’m right here –and Carolina don’t look back

    Carolina when you smile that way –I don’t worry bout the great unknown
    Every day’s just a steppin stone –as this blue world fades to black
    Carolina you’re a sight to see –wavin like a willow to your own sweet song
    Makin it up as you go along –Carolina don’t look back

    Carolina don’t look back Carolina don’t look back
    Look straight ahead or look right beside you
    Carolina don’t look back

    But if you have to look back over your shoulder -take a good look and then
    Say goodbye to all of those places you never have to go again
    Stand up tall when you turn back round
    Throw your hair back, put your feet on the ground
    Let’s make the most of this love we found
    And Carolina don’t look back

    Carolina don’t look back Carolina don’t look back
    Look straight ahead or look right beside you
    Carolina don’t look back

    Carolina don’t look back Carolina don’t look back
    Look straight ahead or look right beside you
    Carolina don’t look back
  • Used To Be A River There used to be a river
    Deep and dancing waters
    Nothin like you ever seen before
    Used to be a river
    There’s no river anymore

    I would slip beneath her waters
    Let her channels take me
    Anywhere but where I been before
    Used to be a river
    There’s no river anymore

    Look at all the bluebells
    How the willow grew so tall
    Still as green as Eden
    Isn’t like she wasn’t here at all

    So I’ll sleep beneath the willow
    Dream of dancing waters here before
    Used to be a river
    There’s no river anymore
  • China Sea Woke up this mornin, good gal on my, good gal on my mind
    Woke up this mornin, with my good gal on my mind
    Woke up this mornin, with my good gal on my mind
    She’s a sweet little woman –hate to leave her behind

    Did you ever wake up –feelin cold in hand
    Did you ever wake up just feelin cold in hand
    Did you ever wake up just feelin cold in hand
    That’s a sure sign, Buddy –your woman’s got another man

    She got eyes like the ocean –deeper than the China Sea
    Eyes like the ocean –deeper than the China Sea
    She got eyes like the ocean –deeper than the China Sea
    Got a ring on her finger but her heart belongs to me

    She got some ways about her –make me wanna walk the line
    She got some ways about her –make me wanna walk the line
    She got some ways about her –make me wanna walk the line
    Got my hand in my pocket –every time she cross my mind

    Got trouble in mind and I guess I always will
    Trouble in mind and I guess I always will
    Trouble in mind and I guess I always will
    But this trouble in love –sure gonna get me killed
  • (If You're Gonna Do Wrong Let's Do It Right) I saw that stop sign on your finger one drink too late
    Now there’s no pretendin this horse aint out of the gate
    And I just laid out about twenty good reasons why you oughta go on home tonight
    But if you’re gonna do wrong, let’s do it right

    I might say I seen the devil lookin through those eyes
    If I was one to judge you or to sermonize
    But you’ve not bought one of my real good reasons why you ought to go on home tonight
    So if you’re gonna do wrong, let’s do it right

    But if your mind’s made up, Baby –don’t keep me waitin in line
    And if you’re gonna break somebody’s heart tonight
    It might as well be mine

    Ain’t had it this bad this good since I don’t know when
    And here and now aint ever gonna happen again
    And if my almost heartfelt real good reasons don’t make you go on home tonight
    And you’re gonna do wrong, let’s do it right
  • Don't Start Without Me Rollin Down the Mountain now Baby -eight days on the road
    All the straps are snappin now Baby –oversize load
    Turn on the porch light Baby –got somethin for you
    I know you’re tired of waitin now Baby –but whatever you do…

    Don’t start without me –don’t cross that line
    Think you can get along without me?
    You’re about to change your mind

    Don’t burn the bisquits Baby –gonna be there soon
    Don’t go slippin and slidin, Honey –don’t make me dust my broom
    You know you’re an angel Baby –to do me like you do
    But stay out of the Devil’s Playground –we got some work to do

    And don’t start without me –if you’re so inclined
    Think you can get along without me?
    You’re about to change your mind

    Don’t start without me –you might go blind
    Think you can get along without me?
    You’re about to change your mind
  • Apalachicola You got the kids and I got the sofa –sign on the house says “Sold”
    The leaves fell down, the days are getting chilly
    The nights are getting long and cold
    They cut off the lights and turned off the heat and the phone man took out the phones
    Guess I’ll just point south, step on the pedal
    To someplace to warm my bones

    But if you want to try to find me –can’t tell you where to go
    Just don’t go lookin in Apalachicola on the Gulf of Mexico

    Don’t call the bank and don’t call my lawyer –let ‘em think I turned up dead
    I been a one-car wreck since you cleared the deck
    And left me here to shake my head
    Now I’m livin on coffee and oatmeal pies til this road runs out of land
    I’ll put my knees in the air, my feet in the water
    And my back on the soft, warm sand

    But if you want to try to find me –can’t tell you where to go
    But I might wash up in Apalachicola on the Gulf of Mexico

    North of Venezuela, east of Alabama, south of everywhere I know
    Listenin to the sunset sizzle in the water
    West of old Mexico
    But if someday you come to your senses –if you ever change your mind
    I’ll be the one lookin lost without you
    I won’t be hard to find

    But if you want to try to find me –only one way to go
    Walkin the beach in Apalachicola on the Gulf of Mexico

    Yeah you’ll find a way to find -or I’m gonna let you go
    But it’s gonna be in Apalachicola on the Gulf of Mexico
  • Or One To Forget When I turn the lights off –you turn em back on
    When I get it right, Girl –there’s still somethin wrong
    So tired of singin a song that don’t rhyme
    And doin this two-step in three-quarter time

    If I knew then -what I know now
    I’d still be here tryin to figure you out
    Tell me what kind of magic turns a love to regret?
    Was it one to rememeber –or one to forget?

    Like runaway horses –our words got around
    Til nobody’s business was all over town
    Weary of pickin my clothes off the lawn
    And not turnin loose of what’s already gone

    If I knew then -what I know now
    I’d still be here tryin to figure you out
    Tell me what kind of magic turns a love to regret?
    Was it one to rememeber –or one to forget?

    You said “It’s Over” –I thought it would last
    Now we know our future’s a thing of the past
    But maybe tomorrow I’ll smile when I say
    “Yeah –there goes a mystery” and just waltz away

    If I knew then -what I know now
    I’d still be here tryin to figure you out
    Tell me what kind of magic turns a love to regret?
    Was it one to rememeber –or one to forget?
  • All Over Again Here you come again like little Miss Moonbeam
    Smilin brave as a daydream
    The kind that wants to come true
    But it was just the mornin sun on my shoulder
    Same old dream –another day older
    Startin all over with you

    Can’t help but wonder if maybe
    We’d ever had the same dream, Baby
    Neither one of us would want it to end
    And put away the pride that blinds us
    Decorate the ties that bind us
    And start all over again

    C
    I dreamed last night we started all over again
    But when the dawn starts breakin –I don’t know where to begin
    But in dreams sometimes I’m not past pretending
    There’s going to be a Hollywood ending
    And start all over again

    Well I guess these dreams are always going to haunt me
    Sometimes I know you still want me
    Sometimes I’m wanting you too
    But on some bright night when the moon is beaming
    You might smile to know I’m still dreaming
    Of startin all over with you

    C
    I dreamed last night we started all over again
    But when the dawn starts breakin –I don’t know where to begin
    But in dreams sometimes I’m not past pretending
    There’s going to be a Hollywood ending
    And start all over again
  • (On the Down Side, Baby, I'll Be) Pickin Up Speed Again I got her down off the blocks and back on the road now
    Been a long time comin but I’m ready to go now
    Now it ain’t easy getting over this mountain, my friend
    But on the down side, Baby, I’ll be pickin up speed again

    Hittin speed traps, road-blocks and every little town now
    If they won’t let me through –gonna just go around now
    But I know I can make it up over that mountain -cause I done it before, my friend
    And on the down side, Baby, I’ll be pickin up speed again

    Well now that we’re rollin, I’m gonna keep going, Honey, come on along with me
    Come on if you’re comin, Baby do what you wanna –but I sure love your company
    We gotta take it easy on the up side, Baby –but I got everything we need
    But on the down side, Baby, we’ll be pickin up speed…

    Now the sun’s gone down but the moon’s so bright now
    And, yes, you’re sure looking pretty tonight now
    Might have to pull on over –cause I got a thing or two I’d love to do with you, my friend
    But on the down side, Baby, we’ll be pickin up speed again
  • Big Strong Men In Great Big Trucks When I was just a little pup
    I knew what I wanted when I grew up
    I wanted to stomp and spit and cuss
    Like big strong men in great big trucks

    Big strong men in great big trucks
    When people are Wrong –we beat them up
    Like big strong men in great big trucks

    Nails in my lunchpail, black tattoos
    Stinky big feet in steel-toed shoes
    Chicks on my left and my right arm too
    Like big strong men in great big trucks

    Big strong men in great big trucks
    When people are Wrong –we beat them up
    Like big strong men in great big trucks

    Getting in fights with the boys in town
    Gettin all sweaty and dirty and brown
    And pick out the “pansies” and Push Them Down
    Like big strong men in great big trucks

    Big strong men in great big trucks
    When people are Wrong –we beat them up
    Like big strong men in great big trucks

Booking Dept.

Jack performs as a solo artist –or as a duo or trio with acoustic bass and/or guitar. He often performs as “Jack Murray and the Midnight Creeps” in four or five piece configurations, acoustical or electric. The electric version of “The Creeps” is a great roots-rock, country and blues dance band, normally featuring Karl Frick on bass, Alan Landes on guitar, Ellen Houle on drums. When a five-piece is required, Karl (a Hammond B-3 master) will switch to keys and Dale Yoder steps in on bass.

Contact

  • Ramona LaBarre at Blue Muse Artists by phone or by email:
  • Email: bluemuse3@gmail.com
  • Phone: 484-695-3577


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