Hi Chris, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Everything very groovy here… lots of live performing these days, festivals, weddings, house concerts, wineries, punk bars, weird Hollywood events, biker clubs, Malibu sound healing.
Can you talk to us more about your song “Hard Bargain”?
I love those old Muddy Water 2/4 blues stompers like “mojo working “that have short narrative
verses and these bad-ass bridges. I wanted to contribute a song to that genre.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
There is a least one moment in every day where I’m getting tested like characters in the song HARD BARGAIN.
Why naming the album after this track in particular?
Seemed to fit the body. Of work I was recording for that project…
How was the recording and writing process?
We recorded the album live in front of an audience in a studio in Boise, ID… I set out with the goal of writing and recording live 10 original folk, blues and irish songs with just a Violin, one vocal mic and a boot stomp…
No loops, no switching of instruments, no cover songs, no instrumentals.
After 3 albums under your belt – were you seeking for a total departure or a follow up with this record?
I wanted to compose and develop a solo violin + vocals singer-songwriter shows… I thought the best way was to record a live album.
What made you want to go fully DIY with this record?
It’s the most direct way to connect with my fans.
How did the rainy weather during the production process influence the sound and lyrics on this album?
If you open yourself to being inspired and are actively hunting down inspiring things the weather is a great place to start…
I try very hard to be swept up in whatever weather is brining to the party.
Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
Old gospel songs, Charles Bukowski, Raymond Carver, Film-Noir dialogue, graffiti, rap lyrics, traditional folk music, glen ford westerns…
Any plans to hit the road?
Yes! I will be coming to your town pied-piper style to serenade, lay down some fiddle heat and play a waltz soon!
Can I stay with you?
What else is happening next in Chris Murphy’s world?