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Murphy picked to open Chesney shows

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 – Having spent his summer as the unannounced, walk-on guest at Kenny Chesney's 19 major stadium concerts, David Lee Murphy's getting called up as direct support for the Songs for the Saints 2019 Tour.

"There is only one David Lee Murphy," said Chesney. "He is, as 'Living In Fast Forward' says, 'a hillbilly rock star,' and No Shoes Nation showed that every time he hit that stage. He has a thing about him that is old school country, rocking, laid back, fired up and chilled out... And he brings it every single night."

Murphy came out for "Everything's Gonna Be Alright," the duet of reassurance in trying times from the Chesney/Buddy Cannon/Murphy co-produced "No Zip Code" and winner of Musical Event of the Year at this year's CMA Awards.

Murphy enjoyed big hits with "Dust On The Bottle" and 1995's most played song, "Party Crowd.

"Last year walking out onstage with Kenny was awesome," said Murphy. "But it was over so fast. I'm excited to have a whole set to be able to play to those fans, because No Shoes Nation takes their music as seriously as any group of fans/music lovers I've ever seen. They opened their arms to me last year. And I can't wait for this year."

"People live inside these songs. You can hear it when they sing 'em back to us every night, and you could feel it when they sang along with David Lee at those stadium shows. He's as much a member of No Shoes Nation as anyone, and I want these fans to get to experience what makes his kind of country music not just unique, but real."

Beyond penning Chesney's, "Living In Fast Forward," "Til It's Gone," "Just Not Today," "Bar at the End of the World" and "Pirate Flag," Murphy wrote Blake Shelton's "The More I Drink," Jason Aldean's "Big Green Tractor," Jake Owen's "Anywhere With You" and Thompson Square's GRAMMY-nominated "Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not."

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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: The Lil Smokies provide the perfect antidote – On a night when the world to be falling further apart thanks to coronavirus (this would be the night the NBA postponed the season), there stood The Lil Smokies to at least in some small measure save the day. The quintet is part of a generation of musicians with bluegrass as the basis, but not totally the sum of the music either.... »»»
Concert Review: White makes the case for himself, no matter how dark the music – John Paul White opined with a glint in his eyes that his songs were not of the uplifting variety. In fact, they were downright dark. How else to explain "The Long Way" with the line "long way home back to you." Or "James," a song inspired by his grandfather who suffered from dementia. But lest you think that the Alabama... »»»
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