(photo: Kevin Duffy)
Location: Brooklyn, NY Sound: Americana story songs Lying somewhere between the honky-tonk swagger of Hank Williams, the self-effacing confessionals of Loudon Wainwright III, and the wry pop wit of Elvis Costello, Chris Q. Murphy rolls his years of experiences on stage in classical choirs, in the van with indie rock bands, and nights at old-time jams into what's quickly becoming one of the most fun ways to spend a night out in Brooklyn. Backed by the Fiendish Thingies, a rotating cast of pickers and singers in their own right, Murphy has spent the last three years making believers of non-country fans in South Brooklyn and beyond. Steel guitar, upright bass, and bluegrass harmony abound, but are mere window dressing for Murphy's impressive arsenal of pop-flavored country originals and choice standard honky-tonk and bluegrass numbers.
"Chris Q. Murphy writes and sings cosmic American music about urban sprawl, suburban blight, and the victors and victims therein - yet somehow manages to be quite funny and inviting while doing so."- Martin St. Denon, Takoma Park Reckoner “Chris Q. Murphy is like your folkie uncle who totally understands that you’re a little weirded out that he’s still sorta punk."- Sam Lorenzo, Dayton Daily Beat