Having just hit #1 on the Roots Music Report Top 50 True Country Album chart and holding three singles in the Top 10, California based singer/songwriter Kaz Murphy’s Ride Out The Storm is stunning audiences all over the nation. With its impressionable blend of Americana and rock - littered with some obvious and incredible influences - the album, produced by Scrappy Judd Newcomb at The Zone in Dripping Springs, Texas, does more than just satisfy those cravings associated with cabin fever so often experienced in the northern hemisphere this time of year. With its touch on several important topics - a call for unity in times of trouble, family breakdowns, love, addiction - Ride the Storm truly does allow its listeners in, glimpsing Murphy’s coping process through the words he intricately weaves and the feelings he creates with his glowing soundscapes.
“This collection is one of a man who is clearly an avid people watcher and moreover, a skilled interpreter of the human condition,” gushes Maximum Volume, a statement that leads an inexperienced ear to curiosity. This is something that people are innately drawn to, the ability to relate to a song and have an emotional response to it. The 11 tracks on Ride the Storm accomplish that, utilizing Murphy’s soulful and, at times, rough vocals to share that sentiment. As the listener is led through an organic - often wandering - adventure of emotions, Murphy’s 4th solo album quickly becomes a staple to be played on repeat.
A published poet & author, one of Murphy’s stories inspired Captain Beefheart’s Don Van Vliet to write a song. He's also played percussion behind the legendary poet, Alan Ginsburg, and wrote a science fiction musical that had a six-week run at Seattle’s Bell Theatre. Kaz has released several records with his band, Mad Mad Nomad as well as having shared the stage with an array of talent such as The Posies, Jonathan Richmond, Pete Seeger, The Derailers, Big Star, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Afghan Whigs and Insect Surfers, just to name a few.
Ride Out the Storm is out today on Barn Wall Media