“As you watch him play, you may notice that the majority of the time he closes his eyes and listens to something deep inside. ” - Frank "Frog" Seebantz
— Frogwayz Productions
Black, Two Sugars
Dog House Records
'Black,Two Sugars' marks a return to his roots as a solo musician. There is nothing "cookie-cutter" about Michael Murphy. This guy has the heart of a poet, the soul of the old-school songster or bluesman, and the ability as a wordsmith and storyteller to bring it all together.
- Bill Wilson, Reflections In Blue. May, 2022
Michael Murphy’s ‘Black, Two Sugars’ is a contemplative-reflection of life - bitter, sweet and bitter-sweet and absolutely perfect no matter how you take your music.
Murphy combines his mastery of the blues with that of a latter-year, Cash-esque outlaw country vibe that stirs the music and the soul of the listener.
- John Jordan, 105.7 WAPL Home Brewed
My close friend, and awesome artist, Ms. Jennifer Lee, made this video of my original song "BOTTOM OF THE BOTTLE," after listening to it on my new CD, "BLACK,TWO SUGARS." The only other studio quality video I have ever made is of another of my original songs, "Hellbound," which was made by engineer extraordinaire, Marc Golde, at his Rock Garden Studio, in Appleton, WI.
The video Jennifer made of "Bottom Of the Bottle," is not a performance video, but rather a vision of the song playing out, through a montage of performance scenes as imagery. What an eye this young lady eyes!
During Murphy's career, the road he has followed is fairly typical of his generation of artists, fueled by excess, and tempered by passion. But all through the good times and the dark times have remained an urgent desire to perform, to write, and to sing. Of his desire to play, [Murphy] says, "You know, it's like I'm home when I'm on stage!"
A Different Shade Of Blues describes his creative and entertaining playing style. His playing style is a more aggressive interpretation of the blues that is driven by passion and guided by his heartfelt emotions. As he stays true to the feeling of the blues, Murphy takes a different approach by delivering a mix of traditional with a twist for the unexpected. Come spend an evening with him as he paints the night with colors from his palette of emotion, passion, and love of his craft, with brushes made of wood, steel, and voice.
So, watch the calendar! Whether with his band, the MOB, or an acoustic project, Michael will soon be headed to a venue near you!! And his fans can't wait!
"See you folks down the road!"