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For Murphy, "Everything's...Alright"

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 – What started with David Lee Murphy and friend Kenny Chesney going into the studio to cut songs ended up two years later with Murphy recording a whole album.

Murphy is out with the song "Everything's Gonna Be Alright," produced by Buddy Cannon and Chesney.

"You watch the news, and look around... it's a tough world," said Murphy, best known for "Dust on the Bottle" and "Party Crowd." "You know, you can lean into all of that, or you can step back and trust life. When you do that, it makes it easier to take a deep breath and roll with everything that's going on around you."

"I knew when I heard the song how good it was," Chesney said. "And I knew David Lee had to cut it. I'm just lucky he let me sing on it."

"David Lee is the original hillbilly rock star," Chesney said. "He can dig in, drill down and turn a song inside out. Back when he was solely an artist, he understood what a guy like me was thinking, feeling and getting into... Now you put him on a mic, and he sings even better than he did back then. And the songs, like that wine ole Creole Williams makes in 'Dust on the Bottle,' have just gotten better and better. So genuine, so real, he's just awesome."

Murphy has written number ones for Chesney, Gary Allan, Blake Shelton and Jason Aldean. "Living in Fast Forward," "The Only Way I Know," "Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not," "The More I Drink," "Big Green Tractor," "Anywhere With You," "A Feelin' Like That" and "Pirate Flag" are among the songs he penned.

"When I was growing up in my early '20s, I was listening to Waylon, Willie, Haggard and Jones," Murphy said. "I was out on a back road, drinking beer, hearing those songs, knowing those guys lived that stuff. That's kinda the way it is with this record: these songs aren't about me, they are me."

"With 'Everything's Gonna Be Alright,' it's like 'Hold on. Everything's gonna be okay.' Kenny is an artist and producer who gives off that same kind of energy in his music. The fact that he came in and sang on this song really makes it something special to me."

CD reviews for David Lee Murphy

Tryin' to Get There
Once upon a time, David Lee Murphy was on top of the heap with "Party Crowd" and "Dust on the Bottle," but in the music world of today, that was eons ago. Murphy, who puts some meaty guitars in his country tank, took it easy for awhile, forgoing releasing CDs for the road. On his first album in six years, Murphy could not be accused of altering his basic formula. The Illinois native still alternates between power type ballads ("Inspiration") and more uptempo country rockers (the lead off "I Like »»»
We Can't All Be Angels
Here's a mystery: Why hasn't David Lee Murphy emerged as one of the biggest stars of the newer country generation? That's one that continues to be a puzzle. Murphy's third and latest further showcases his considerable talent. Murphy's a rarity among the new generation of country stars, in that he either wrote or co-wrote all the songs on the album, as well as being associate producer. And quite a talented songwriter he proves to be. He also stays truer to his country roots than the rest of the »»»
Gettin' Out the Good Stuff
David Lee Murphy was one of the few shining lights among last year's crop of new country artists, and his second album doesn't disappoint. Singer-songwriters like Murphy often have trouble collecting enough good songs to fill a sophomore effort .But, if anything, Murphy, with his eye for a colorful image and ear for a great groove, has become even better. In "Pirates Cove," with its chugging drum beat and beautiful acoustic guitar solo, the singer returns to an old haunt in a "sure ol' 10-horse »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Lambert refuses to rest on laurels – Watching this stop on Miranda Lambert's "Livin' Like Hippies Tour," one is struck by just how many great songs the country singer/songwriter already has in her repertoire. With most artists, it's relatively easy to guess which song a performer will choose to close a show. But Lambert has so many winners to pick from, many... »»»
Concert Review: DBT rocks on – Drive-By Truckers still sometimes get miscategorized as alt.-country, but who's kidding whom? With three electric guitarists upfront exchanging hard rock licks all night, this is a blistering Southern rock band. Hitting the stage just before 10, the band played a satisfying 2-hour-plus set. At 11:40, Patterson Hood announced the band would be... »»»
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