David Lee Murphy Biography

7 January 1959, Herrin, Illinois, USA. Although it took Murphy more than 10 years to secure a major label recording contract with MCA Records, he quickly regained ground with the success of his debut album, Out With A Bang, which topped Billboard’s Heatseekers chart in 1995. Murphy had first been spotted by MCA Nashville president Tony Brown while leading his country band, Blue Tick Hounds, in 1985. However, a full decade passed before Brown offered Murphy a recording contract, though the artist conceded that his former band was ‘too edgy for country radio at the time or, at least, too edgy to get a deal’. In the intervening period Murphy worked as a professional songwriter, writing ‘Red Roses Won’t Work Now’ for Reba McEntire and ‘High Weeds And Rust’ for Doug Stone. A version of that song was also included on Out With A Bang, alongside other original material such as the singles ‘Party Crowd’, ‘Dust On The Bottle’, ‘Fish Ain’t Bitin’’ and ‘Just Once’, which featured on the soundtrack to 8 Seconds. ‘Every Time I Get Around You’ was the hit single that previewed Murphy’s Gettin’ Out The Good Stuff, but sales of this album and the follow-up We Can’t All Be Angels failed to live up to the success of his debut. The artist was dropped from his major label contract at the end of the decade. He returned to independent label status with 2004’s Tryin’ To Get There.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.