(Beloved Rock troubadour returns after a 12 year absence from the west coast)
Rock troubadour Elliott Murphy and multi-cultural singer-songwriter Jann Klose continue their U.S. tour this week, with shows in San Francisco, Felton (Santa Cruz), Tehachapi (near Bakersfield and Edwards Air Force Base), Los Angeles, Long Beach and San Diego. The two will also be performing at the NAMM Convention.
Elliott Murphy first came to prominence 35 years ago with the release of the now-more-relevant-than-ever album, AQUASHOW. That, along with NIGHT LIGHTS, LOST GENERATION, and JUST A STORY FROM AMERICA were played on mainstream radio throughout the United States. These albums were also picked up internationally, especially in Japan and Europe, where Elliott has found international stardom. 19 years ago he moved to France. He last played the United States in 2000 at New York City’s Bottom Line, and his last west coast dates were in 1996.
Elliott has released 30 albums, his latest is NOTES FROM THE UNDERGROUND, which has received 5 stars on the prestigious music site, ALL MUSIC.COM. Some of the musicians who’ve collaborated with Elliott on his recordings are Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Phil Collins, and the Rolling Stones’ Mick Taylor. Elliott was also honored with a monumental exposition, LAST OF THE ROCK STARS-RETROSPECTIVE at Paris’ Town Hall, and has been cited in literature in the work, SAVAGE DETECTIVES by the late Roberto Bolano, who now has a best-seller book called, 2666.
Elliott, who is already played on Sirius-XM’s the LOFT, will be the subject of a story on an upcoming Bob Edwards’ show on the satellite station, and he will be releasing his 31st album this March 16, his 60th birthday. And this spring, he’ll be acting in the French movie “La Ligne Blanche” out in spring 2009.
Opening all dates will be Jann Klose, whose new album REVERIE is an independent release that has been picked up by 90 AAA radio stations in North America, a variety of folk and jazz stations, some European stations including regional BBCs and Radio Caroline, and played on a mixture of formats including talk, classic rock morning and “Acoustic Sunrise”-styled shows, and Sirius-XM’s The Loft. KMMT-Mammoth Lakes, a top 40/modern rock station, has also picked up on Jann’s album. Born in Germany, raised in Kenya and South Africa, Jann has collaborated on stage with Renaissance’s Annie Haslam, songwriters Rosanne Cash, Marty Stuart, and Roger McGuinn.
The tour has received praise in every city it’s played so far from Boston, MA to Larchmont, NY. THE WASHINGTON POST’S Christopher Porter notes, “Murphy engaged his campfire crowd with direct eye contact, making the evening’s intimacy even more intense. His textured voice — as with his songwriting, it’s equal parts Bob Dylan, Lou Reed and Bruce Springsteen — also exhibited tonal strength and beauty.”
The Schenectady Gazette’s Brian McElhiney writes, “Murphy gives hungry cadre of stateside fans what they came for.” Indeed the fans also are receiving more than their money’s worth. One Boston fan blogged, “Murphy sang with the resilience of a survivor who will always continue to grow and change. His performance let us in on a taste of what his journey has been like. I know I felt changed by it. Murphy’s show was a true rock ‘n’ roll baptism.” A female working in Washington, DC media had never heard of either artist, and her boyfriend was curious about the venue they played in. She said, “This was the most memorable night of rock & roll I’ve ever had. Both artists are great.”
UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
Jan. 16: Jann Klose at NAMM’s Martin Guitar booth and at L.R. Baggs’ booth,
Jan. 17: Elliott Murphy at NAMM’s Taylor Guitar booth, Anaheim, CA
Jann Klose at NAMM’s Hilton Hotel Lobby, Anaheim, CA
April 14-26: The next tour. Dates will include Buffalo, Cleveland, Hoboken, Chicago….
Other dates for Elliott are in Europe, including his special 60th birthday show on March 14 at New Morning, in Paris, France. Please visit http://www.myspace.com/elliottmurphy
Jann’s shows are:
Jan 21 2009 SOhO Restaurant & CafÃ© benefit for Legal Aid Foundation, Santa Barbara, California
Feb. 5, 2009 Conscience Coffeehouse, Boston, Massachusetts
Feb. 19, 2009 World CafÃ© Live, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Feb. 21, 2009 Crossing Borders at the Lost Dog CafÃ©, Ithaca, New York
March 8, 2009 Rockwood Music Hall, New York, New York