Lauren Murphy just released “Psychedelicize” & "Time Across"

Article Contributed by Dennis McNally | Published on Monday, March 22, 2021

Lauren Murphy is a veteran singer-songwriter with close to two decades of experience, mostly in the San Francisco rock arena. Relocating to Fairhope, AL, in 2015 following the death of her husband and music partner, Zero vocalist Judge Murphy, she assembled her Nappie-Nominated high energy band, "The Psychedelics."  Her latest CD, Psychedelics, is her fifth.  It was recorded in Mobile, AL, at Dauphin Street Sound, founded by former SF Giants pitcher Jake Peavy.

Murphy has shared the stage with Steve Kimock, Bob Weir, Bernie Worrell, Papa Mali, the Jerry Garcia Band, Will Kimbrough, Ivan Neville, Zero, and many other members of rock royalty. Lauren has been described by No Depression as "Simply Brilliant. The Real Deal." Jambase has reviewed her as penning "songs from the heart," and Relix dubbed her "Lady Willpower" as far back as 1997. She specializes in power vocals and haunting melodies, and is an accomplished guitarist in her own right.

Lauren has been featured at the legendary “Frog Pond Sunday Social" Folk Alliance House Concerts (Silverhill, AL) for seven consecutive seasons.  She has performed at the historic Sweetwater Music Hall every year since 1997, and her music can be heard on radio stations across the country. She was also a featured performer at the 35th and 36th annual Frank Brown Songwriter Festival, an outstanding event held along the Alabama/Florida line.  She has been compared to Grace Slick & Janis Joplin, but Murphy is a force all her own.

“Psychedelicize” is Lauren’s plea to the modern world, with its substance and tech-addicted society, repeating the refrain “Manifest the Mind,” which is the original meaning of the word psychedelic (psyche is mind, delos is manifesting).  “Give in to Love” follows as a theme to unite humanity in spite of our divisions, and simply love one another and be in harmony.  “Booker and Honey” is really a metaphor for the music industry’s various games.  It was written for Lansdale Station as an 1890’s Dixieland swing thing, but wasn’t recorded until Lauren’s fourth CD, El Dorado.  This incarnation came when her guitarist Cochran began “dancing it,” shifting the song into a cool ‘70s funk vibe.  It was a complete accident – except they all agreed that was the way it should play. Both it and “End of the World Blues” were recorded in only one take.  “My Most Deadly Sin” is about addiction, but to the endorphin rush of being in love—and being strung out on a person who isn’t good for you.    

Finally, “Time Across” is a giant, anthemic tribute to the spirit of California. Consciously positive, it takes its chorus from the Willy Wonka line, “We are the music makers; We are the dreamers of the dream.”

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For downloads and streaming, Psychedelics is at all the usual outlets:  Apple Music.


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