Hard Bargain

“Sung straight from the soul, ‘Hard Bargain’ is downright addictive”
~Beach Sloth Reviews, 2017


“The music is addictive, charismatic, cmmunicative and fun”
~Dave Franklin, Dancing About Architecture, 2017


“A unique, very enjoyable sonic experience!”
~Joshua Smotherman, Middle Tennessee Music, 2017


“It’s one that makes you want to mark all the details of the lyrics, and dance to the tune of every note. 10/10 rated music!”
~Amy Lawrence, Skope Magazine, 2017


“Chris Murphy’s violin-driven music has a unique freshness about it that makes for an incredible and pretty special listening experience.”
~Rebecca Cullen, Stereo Stickman, 2017


  1. Caves of Killala
  2. Hard Bargain
  3. Ain’t No Place
  4. Bugs Salcido
  5. Holcombe Creek
  1. White Noise
  2. Last Bridge
  3. Prevailing Winds
  4. Trust
  5. Friend

 

The Tinker’s Dream

“Cinematic sweep embodied in musical form! 9/10 stars!”
~Jason Hillenburg, Skope Magazine 2017


“The Tinker’s Dream is a musical work of high artistry!”
~Lance Wright, Indiemunity 2017


“This is [Murphy’s] finest release to date!”
~Shannon Cowden, Gashouse Radio 2017


“There isn’t a single song on The Tinker’s Dream that lacked the rich, organic instrumentation that hits you right in your soul when you hear it!”
~Matt Turner, No More Division 2017


“The Tinker’s Dream is a first-class release in every respect!”
~Lydia Hillenburg, Vents Magazine 2017


  1. Connemara Ponies
  2. Union of the Seven Brothers
  3. The Tinker’s Dream
  4. Wicklow
  5. Gibraltar 1988
  6. Cape Horn
  1. The Artful Dodger
  2. Small Wonder
  3. The Tower
  4. Maritime Jig
  5. The Thistlewood Bridge
  6. The Hayloft Waltz

 

Chris Murphy & The Devil’s Box ‘Red Mountain Blues’

“Distilling the essence of Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, and Bob Wills into a heady spirit of moaning fiddle, burbling banjo, dandelion mandolins and high-lonesome harmonies, the songs on Chris Murphy’s Red Mountain Blues move and morph like a moonshine dream. 

Surely, fans of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Ry Cooder, David Grisman, and The Band will find a certain redemption in Murphy’s tin-type Americana, a cinematic blend of bluegrass, country and folk aesthetics that sits comfortably alongside new-generation folkies like Mumford & Sons and The Lumineers, but suggests a much older vintage, and a far deeper pedigree.”
~James Rotondi, Brooklyn, NY


“The latest release from respected violinist and New York City native Chris Murphy, Red Mountain Blues, is yet another milestone in a career stretching back a number of years and featuring a number of largely unheralded gems that outstrip the work of much more visible contemporaries. These are fully realized slices of Americana goodness propelled by little more than a consistent triple punch of violin, guitar, and banjo augmented by occasional strains of mandolin. 9/10”
~David Shouse, Gashouseradio.com

  1. Red Mountain Blues
  2. Dirt Time
  3. High Country
  4. Black Roller
  5. Kitchen Girl
  6. Cast Iron
  7. Dry County
  1. Walt Whitman
  2. Dig for One Day More
  3. Buckwheat Pancakes
  4. Meet Me Tonight
  5. Johnson County
  6. Chickasaw Friedman
  7. The Lord Will Provide

 

Chris Murphy ‘Surface to Air’

Songs of lost souls and forgotten outposts, prison songs, murder ballads, bawdy tales, hillbilly heartbreak, and tales of lost love and forgotten dreams. Set against a backdrop of his own stirring violin and the kind of earthy, urgent acoustic accompaniment that has driven bands from the Old Crow Medicine Show to the Waterboys, Chris Murphy’s “Surface to Air” finds the Los Angeles fiddle master foraging for lyric themes in the underbelly of the folk-rock tradition, turning up gems of Dylanesque guile, Tom Waits-approved gothic cabaret, and the kind of emblematic story-songs that have sustained songwriters from Neil Young to Richard Thompson.

While the lively, danger-scented arrangements of “The Hunter & the Fox” and “Elmira Prison Camp” may echo Thompson’s British Isles balladry more than Young’s rustic folk, Murphy—with a plain-spoken lead vocal sound that suggests David Grey or Ben Folds—knows his way around Americana as well as he does the lilting echoes of his own Bronx Irish upbringing. Indeed, he’s shrewd enough to include hints of the Velvet Underground, The Waterboys, and Dylan’s “Desolation Row” in his American pastiche here, delivering a potent mixture of vocal tunes and instrumentals—featuring players who’ve worked with Daniel Lanois, X, John Cale, and Lindsey Buckingham—that suggest that rambling souls are just as likely to spin their weathered tales in LA as they are in Dixie.

James Rotondi, Brooklyn, NY

  1. Sailing the World Alone
  2. That Just Might Do the Trick
  3. Surface to Air
  4. The Blacksmith’s Fancy
  5. Dead Weight
  6. Vernon Tool & Die
  7. Last of the Twickham Blackbirds
  1. The Oscar Wilde Waltz
  2. Elmira Prison Camp
  3. Wish You Well
  4. Bugulusa Blues
  5. Nothing Good Happens
  6. Music for a Feast
  7. The Hunter & the Fox

Chris Murphy and Josef Peters ‘Lost Town’

Lost Town’ tells the story of one man’s obsessive search to get closer to his deceased father by uncovering the story of his family’s town of Trochenbrod. First made famous by Jonathan Safron Foer’s ‘Everything Is Illuminated’, Trochenbrod was the only all-Jewish town to ever exist outside of Palestine. Trochenbrod’s 5000 Jews were obliterated by the Nazis, except for 33 townspeople who escaped the massacre there. This personal search triggers a resurgence of interest in the town and reconnects the few remaining survivors who hadn’t seen each other in over 60 years.

Jeremy Goldscheider

Chris Murphy and Joey Peters collaborated to create this soundtrack.

  1. Waltz of the Trees
  2. Hidden Away
  3. Forest of Hope
  4. Good Boots
  5. The Long Walk
  6. Children Dream
  7. Golden
  8. A Magic Land
  9. In the Eyes of the Gods
  1. Two Swords
  2. White Armor
  3. Arabesque
  4. Desert Star
  5. On a Twelfth Day
  6. Earthly Delight
  7. Winds Breath
  8. Satellite Love

Chris Murphy ‘Seven Crows’

SEVEN CROWS is a mystical, brooding, romantic, sensual violin journey, recorded with only his electric violin, a looping machine and some cheap guitar pedals, Seven Crows is rich with layered violin fantasies, swirly bowed dreams, osinato plucked recipes and Chris’ lush garage rock string orchestration mining the emotional terrain of love, life and adventure. A fascinating 13 song album beautifully recorded and mixed by Colin Studybaker (Iron & Wine, Califone) and Erik Colvin, and produced by Kristian Dunn (Soft Lights, El Ten Eleven).

  1. Seven Crows
  2. On An Emotional Level
  3. Sun Full Of Skyrockets
  4. A Little Before Midnight,
  5. Down By The Docks
  6. Two Swords
  7. The Four Oaths
  8. Third Manifesto Of Surrealism
  1. On The Twelfth Day
  2. Of The Fifth Month
  3. The Servant
  4. White Armor
  5. In The Eyes Of The Gods
  6. Thursday Afternoon
  7. Hidden Leaves

Chris Murphy ‘Luminous’

Murphy’s ensemble record, LUMINOUS, features collaborations with John Doe & D.J. Bonebrake from X, Victoria Williams,Tim Rutelli from Califone, Larry Taylor & Steven Hodges from Tom Waits band, Nathan Larson, Nels Cline from Wilco.

“Electric violinist Murphy said he wanted to do a really ‘L.A.’ record, and he totally overachieved.” ~Nels Cline

  1. Waltz
  2. Blues For Bukowski
  3. Luminous
  4. December 12th 1968
  5. Night Of The Hunter
  6. Hyacinth
  7. The Return Of Queen Jane
  8. Sparks From The Wind
  1. Farewell My Lovely
  2. The Rustling Of Flowers
  3. The Golden Horde
  4. Bear Cubs
  5. Gospel Music
  6. Skinny Ed
  7. Piston
  8. Richard Widmark

Chris Murphy ‘Broken Wheel’

Mississippi Mud meets sweaty Chicago in an all-night juke joint
jumping with despair, distortion and jesus.

“His electric violin sounds like a captivating combination of harmonica and slide guitar… fans of good music in general, will enjoy giving this disc a spin.” -Bluenight

  1. Butterfly Blues
  2. Broken Wheel
  3. Cherry Wine
  4. Southside Willy
  5. Bourbon and Water
  6. Jelly Roll’s Last Stomp
  7. Boomer’s Blues
  8. Ring-A-Ding
  1. Lonely By Day, Lonely By Night
  2. Crawfish Pie
  3. Going Back to Mobile
  4. Salt Pork
  5. Lazy Lester & The Two Scoops Kid
  6. Powered By Steam
  7. Hard Station

Chris Murphy ‘Juniper’

10 Bowfire, heart-pumping bluegrass, celtic, bayou, drinks for everyone – you’re-gonna-get-hurt fiddle tunes.

“He rips through his fiddle with such energetic sounds capable of giving any square dancer a heart attack on the dance floor and then reviving them long enough to twirl around for more.” -Jason Terrill, Folkwax

  1. Into the Wild
  2. Painted Desert
  3. Jimmy Riley
  4. Sackcloth & Ashes
  5. Great Expectations
  6. Deep River
  7. El Diablo
  8. Knots and Crosses
  1. Juniper
  2. I’m Nobody’s Sweetheart Now
  3. Peppermint Polka
  4. Dandelion Rag
  5. Cora Street
  6. Jig/Reel
  7. Thanksgiving

Chris Murphy ‘Noir’

A documentation of Chris’ solo violin show, NOIR includes his innovative and original use of loops and electronics. NOIR spans the globe stylistically, from classical, to folk, to ambient soundscapes.

“Noir features Murphy unaccompanied… exotic and international… without ever falling into pretension or tedium. Pretty cool.” -Michael Toland, High Bias

  1. Tango
  2. Desert Star
  3. Cafe Noir
  4. Filbert’s Rag
  5. Coffee and Candles
  6. Bessie Smith
  1. Time Is An Ocean
  2. Eddie’s Mambo
  3. Gospel Song
  4. Moonlight Waltz
  5. Grand Hotel
  6. Arabesque

Chris Murphy ‘Salton Songs’

Moody, expansive, techno, electronic, trance, world music, violin loneliness, and love songs.

“Violinist Chris Murphy has been honing his diverse instrumental composition skills for over fifteen years, and his experience certainly plays into the success of Salton Songs.” -Brad Miller, Urb.net

  1. Shallow Water
  2. The Sheltering Sky
  3. Red Candles
  4. Cane Sugar
  5. Propane
  6. Titanium
  1. Reactor
  2. Salton Song
  3. Atomic Player
  4. Lions Sleeping
  5. Laughing Hands
  6. Coco’s Lament

Chris Murphy ‘On A Blue Afternoon’

Chris’ jazz & swing concept album, ON A BLUE AFTERNOON, pays tribute to Chet Baker, Stephan Grappelli, Jean-Luc Ponty, Stuff Smith and Billie Holiday.

“…the essence of what quality sounding jazz music should be about. Without a doubt, the recording is worth every note of conveyance.” -Sheldon T. Nunn, Jazz Review

  1. Baxter’s Back
  2. Orange Then Blue
  3. Cliff Diving
  4. Renaldo’s Tune
  5. On A Blue Afternoon
  6. Laguna Canyon
  1. La Boheme
  2. Violin Improvisation #1
  3. Vermouth Blues
  4. I’ll Remember
  5. Violin Improvisations #2
  6. All Your Goodbyes

Beasts of Fabulous Elegance
‘Falling Sky’

A violin/drums duo project with punk rock legend D.J. Bonebrake.

“Like lightning cracking down from the clouds, Chris Murphy’s knife-edged electric violin sends bolts of distorted melody into the scorched, earthy drumwork of X’s DJ Bonebrake on this remarkable debut album, FALLING SKY. While music fans will find plenty to absorb them in this bare-knuckle four-string collection, it’s no violin purist’s cup of tea: instead, it’s scrappy, guitar-like sonics and street-schooled rhythms that define this 12 song set. Two L.A. iconoclasts, Murphy and Bonebrake, create an alternating current of virtuosic, high-wire tension that breaks open new vistas in alternative instrumental music.”

James Rotondi,
November 2006, NYC

  1. Beasts Of Fabulous Elegance
  2. Hawley’s Leaving Town
  3. Bare Knuckle Boxing
  4. Andre Breton
  5. Love Is A Dog From Hell
  6. Wander Beyond
  7. The Four Seas
  1. Our Lady Of Angels
  2. The Gilded Wave (for Micky Dora)
  3. Insurrection
  4. Faith Of Pioneers
  5. The Starry Transmission
  6. Muscle Cars

 

Ponticello “Cotton Diesel”

A raging, blasting, bleeding old time, would-you-like-to-dance, moonshine-meets-county-line celtic music session.

  1. Nothing But Trouble/Poundhouse Reel
  2. Red Light Falling
  3. The Hardest Part
  4. Black Ice Jig
  5. Stars
  1. Creole Fantasie Two-Step
  2. Cool Drink Of Water
  3. The Open Road
  4. Angel In My Eye
  5. Napoleon

Ponticello “The Escape Artist”

THE ESCAPE ARTIST is jazz, swing, ragtime, gypsy, and klezmer music that takes you to an after-hours party. Imagine mingling with the likes of Malcolm X and Billy Holiday in a Harlem apartment at five o’clock in the morning. The year is 1943.

  1. Nobody Knows Nobody
  2. The Escape Artist
  3. Woman On My Mind
  4. Find A Way
  5. Call It Quits
  6. This Part Of Town
  1. Shooting Star
  2. Amaretto Waltz
  3. Two Guitars
  4. Too Dark To See
  5. Palm Court Tango

Ponticello “Dark Skies”

Dubbed a “lo-fi masterpiece,” recorded by Chris Murphy on Ponticello’s first tour in the Fall of 1999.

  1. Heartbreak
  2. Thief
  3. Shining Through
  4. Long Hot Night
  5. I Wouldn’t Trade A Thing
  1. Where Did You Go?
  2. Dark Skies
  3. Black Dirt
  4. World Don’t Stand Still

Ponticello “Down Like Mercury”

Ponticello’s DOWN LIKE MERCURY was produced and recorded in Portland, Oregon by Gregg Williams (Sheryl Crow, The Dandy Warhols).

  1. Heat Into Light
  2. Straight Into The Sun
  3. Wandering Blues
  4. Hoping To Find
  5. Perfectly Divine
  1. Long Way From Anywhere
  2. Paper Bird/Bugs DeVille
  3. No Getting Around It /
  4. Sketches of Stains
  5. No Place To Be

David Andrews “Get Me Out Of This Place”

Chris plays fiddle and mandolin on this Portland, Oregon singer-songwriter’s album.

  1. Runnin’ Away Again
  2. Get Me Out Of This Place
  3. Mistress Of The Moon
  4. 2,000 Miles
  5. I Believe
  1. Ballad Of The Sad Cafe
  2. The Wedding Song
  3. The Little Things
  4. Make Me Happy
  5. Stitched In Wool