David Lee Murphy Tryin' to Get There
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- Released: March 23, 2004
- Label: Audium Entertainment
- 1.I Like It Already
- 2.Same Ol' Same Ol'
- 4.Own Little World
- 5.Tryin' To Get There
- 7.Ghost In The Jukebox
- 8.She's Always Said
- 9.Mama's Last
- 10.Beggin' For Affection
- 11.Might Be Me
- 12.Killin' The Pain
Personnel: David Lee Murphy (acoustic guitar, background vocals); David Lee Murphy; Hank Singer (mandolin, fiddle); Dave Pomeroy , Mike Brignardello, Spady Brannan (bass instrument); Russ Pahl (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, steel guitar); J.T. Corenflos (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Larry Beaird (acoustic guitar); Pat Buchanan (electric guitar, harmonica); Lee Roy Parnell (electric guitar); Steve Hinson (steel guitar); Gordon Mote, Jimmy Nichols (keyboards); Paul Scholten (drums, percussion); Paul Leim (drums); Thomas Flora, Kim Tribble, Russell Terrell (background vocals).
Audium Records, the country sub-label of the larger indie Koch International, is to '90s new traditionalist country what Cleopatra Records is to nearly-forgotten goth rockers of the '80s: a place where artists dismissed by the big labels can continue their careers in cozier settings. David Lee Murphy, releasing his first album since parting company with MCA after a few mid-sized country radio hits in the mid-'90s, is the archetypal Audium artist: the 12 tracks on Tryin' to Get There are rock-influenced in that the drums are mixed louder than they really should be, but their roots are in the '70s outlaw country of Waylon Jennings (who co-wrote the title track with Murphy shortly before his death in 2001) and Willie Nelson. Songs like the stomping "Ghost in the Jukebox" and the bouncy first single "Loco" are catchy and unfailingly pleasant, but while Murphy is a solid craftsman as a songwriter, his anonymous voice and too-clean production sap a lot of the personality out of the album. By the time of the last song, the Eagles-like country-pop of "Killin' the Pain," Tryin' to Get There sounds like it could have been released by just about anyone with three names and a cowboy hat. ~ Stewart Mason
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