Kristina Murray talks about the Allman brothers influence on her music, the "Eddie Vedder" line in her album and the importance of not compromising. She also sets up and plays three tracks from her debut album, Unravelin'.
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Kristina Murray interview recap
Kristina Murray talks about her early days in Georgia and her Allman Brothers influence. She says she was original from Atlanta and she says, "Duane is one of my all time favorite guitarists, and Greg, likewise, is one of my all time favorite singers. My parents were from Atlanta, from Georgia. They listened to a lot of Allman Brothers in their young days and went and saw them in and around Atlanta, and so it was kind of like the soundtrack of my childhood... I just always remember hearing them on so it blended in my psyche at some point growing up." She notes that her guitarist is also a huge Allman Brothers fan.
Kristina Murray talks about getting hooked on the bluegrass music scene in Colorado when she went out there on an internship. She got into the scene so much she decided to stay. She says that all the songs on her album were written while in Colorado. She says, "I guess I discovered my songwriting voice and ability since I've been out here. It was kind of just for fun that I was doing music when I was younger. And then I was singing at jams or playing at peoples houses people started encouraging me, saying, 'hey you should go out and sing on stage and give a try on the mic.'And So I did and got obsessed with it from there. And I decided that's all I wanted to do and I've been working at it since then."
Kristina Murray sets up "Smoke And Brown Whiskey." Kristina Murray says it's kind of vague and she admires songwriters that write in a vague way that let people interpret them. She says this one is a song that's about setting up for revenge. She says she really likes the slide work in the tune and she likes about halfway through the song where the bass and guitar match up.
[Calvin plays "Smoke And Brown Whiskey" from Unravelin' by Kristina Murray.]
Kristina Murray says there's a line in that song that goes "I don't know any better," and she has a friends who thinks she's saying "I don't know Eddie Vedder," which is destined to become one of those famous misinterpreted lines.
Kristina Murray talks about the biggest surprise to her in learning how to put an album out on her own. She says it took about a year to put it out because she refused to compromise on the sound. Kristina Murray says, "As far as paying for it and getting the right sound and the right musicians and booking the dates and having the right songs for the album..I think we wrote one song and totally scrapped it .. I think I'm really proud of it and that's been the biggest surprise .More than I thought, these are all original songs and it feels really good."
Kristina Murray talks about how the songs are all little pieces of her that she's putting out there. "I had to get over that hump of thinking I'll be embarrassed if people think this or that about me. Just owning up to the idea that a lot of little pieces of your artwork or little pieces of yourself are going out there. I've had people in Japan and Australia buy this album."
Kristina Murray sets up "Unravelin'". She says it's the last song she wrote and the last song they recorded. She says, it's a rock 'n roll track. My guitarist and I were working through the arrangements and he'd been listening to the Weezer Pinkerton album a lot, I think. He came to me and said 'why don't we try this sort of thing' and that' was his inspiration for the beginning and middle parts come from. This is a track where I had a guest lead vocalist. A wonderful woman by the name of Laniece Schleicher from Mama Lenny and the Remedy. It's an eight piece soul outfit out of Fort Collins. Jamie, my guitarist and I, met her at a Merle Haggard tribute." Kristina Murray also says "Unravelin'" is a women's empowerment song.
[Calvin plays the title track from Unravelin' by Kristina Murray. ]
Calvin notes that Kristina Murray shared a Tammy Wynette video on her facebook page and asks Kristina if Tammy Wynette was one of women that inspired her and who are the other women n that have inspired her music. Kristina Murray says she didn't discover Tammy Wynette until recently, but she says that some of the women singers that have inspired her are Loretta Lynn, Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams, Gillian Welch. As far as new folks go she mentions Cary Ann Hearst from Shovels and Rope, Nikki Lane, Ashley Monroe, Miranda Lambert, Lydia Loveless, Brittany Howard.
Kristina Murray sets up "Half Empty." She says this one comes right after an instrumental and kicks off the second half of the album. It was inspired by a particularly frustrating gig they had and a guy was bothering them at the set break about all the things he thought they should be doing to "fix" their sound. She says it also came at a time when she was into the second Shovels and Rope album, Oh Be Joyful. She was trying to come up with similar images.
[Calvin plays "Half Empty" from Unravelin' by Kristina Murray.]
Kristina Murray laughs at the scream at the end of the song. Kat Brantley was the back up singer on that track. Kristina Murray runs through the album line up. James Davis on electric guitar. Aaron Sellen is on bass and Alan Lemke is on drums.
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