The Sound Field CD Release Show feat Deb Grabien, with special guests Henry Salvia, Mark Karan, David Phillips
Lauren Murphy Trio featuring The Harmans
19 Corte Madera Ave.
Mill Valley, CA, 94941
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 7:00 PM
This event is all ages
The Sound Field
The Sound Field is a Bay Area electric trio, playing original songs written over the years by the band's frontwoman, Deborah Grabien. Deb's bassist for 41 years is her husband, Nic Grabien; his work evokes Jack Casady, Chris Squire, Stanley Clark and John Entwistle. Drummer Larry Luthi plays regularly with several local bands, ranging from jazz to bluegrass to jam bands.
The Sound Field's first CD, The Bucket List, features stellar guest playing from David Lindley, Mark Karan, Jason Crosby, Pete Sears, Lauren Murphy, Mookie Siegel and David Phillips. Of the CD's eleven songs, ten are original. Deb is a storyteller, and she holds nothing back: the songs range from sexy to furious to heartbroken to resigned. From "This House", written for Lauren Murphy about her need to leave her home in El Dorado, to the remembered rage of a powerless girl in "Tell Me Again" to the resignation and acceptance of an old woman letting go in "Little Umbrellas" and "Somewhere In Time", passion runs through these stories like connective tissue.
Mark Karan sometimes describes himself as "a male Bonnie Raitt filtered through a psychedelic blender". Karan oozes passion and rock and roll spirit, presenting his music in creative ways that make folks perk up, dance... and maybe think a bit after the shufflin’s done.
Best known for his extended time around the Grateful Dead scene as lead guitarist for Bob Weir & Ratdog, Mark is far more than his time in the "land of the Dead" might imply... a consummate team player for many years, his six-string contributions have added something special to tours with Ratdog, The Other Ones, Delaney Bramlett, Dave Mason and Paul Carrack... and as a "value added" guest for impromptu sit-ins with the Allman Brothers, Trey Anastasio, Gov't Mule, Jackie Greene, ALO, Levon Helm, Chuck Leavell, Little Feat, Phil and Friends and many more...
“Playing with [Bob] Weir for a dozen years and being encouraged to freely interpret Dead music faithfully or as personally as I could imagine was a real blessing,” says Karan. “The experience was a huge opportunity to explore musical freedom and self-expression and that's still what I’m all about.”
The San Francisco-based singer-songwriter-guitarist is currently working on a new record and embarking on the most personal phase of his career yet. Given his vibrant chops, warm voice, and intuitive, inspired grasp of music, it’s bound to be an exciting time.
Lauren Murphy Trio featuring The Harmans
Lauren is widely known for her soulful vocals, ranging from the purest
tones to down right powerhouse grit, as well as her award winning
A charismatic performer who relates intimately with her audience, Murphy's
finely honed chops are enough to seduce even the toughest critics. Her
repertoire boasts a little something for everyone. In 2010, Glide Magazine
listed her version of Allen Toussaint's "On The Way Down" with Steve
Kimock, Bobby Vega, The Judge, and ZERO, as one of the Top 5 all time
covers, along side Government Mule, Widspread Panic, and Phish. Murphy has
also worked closely w/ Wavy Gravy & SEVA Foundation over the years.
No Depression Magazine said of her newest release , "Simply Brilliant; A
record everyone should have in their collection. Every song hits in places
that everyone who ever draws breath is likely to feel: a sudden flush of
the cheeks, a tightening of the muscles that control laughter or tears, or
maybe in the pit of the stomach. Emotional Honesty, The Real Deal, these
songs of strength are delivered by Lauren's signature smoky vocals, and
just enough less detachment to make damned sure that when the lyrics make
her bleed, you're going to bleed too."
Paul Liberator of the Marin IJ seconds that emotion stating, "It would
make Judge proud."
As a live performer she's been described as brassy, bawdy and graceful.
Lauren has played many of the largest concert halls and festivals on the
West Coast, as well as recently being a guest Lecturer on The Craft of
Southern Songwriting at "Millsaps College's Art & Lecture Series". She is
also spotlighted on NBC Mobile's "Live from the Stacks" music feature.
Lauren's songs can be heard on mainstream radio stations from the Atlantic
to the Pacific.
Compared to Patty Griffin, EmmyLou Harris, & Grace Slick, with the passion
of Janis Joplin, Murphy is completely unique in her vocal stylings.
Sensitive and powerful, she captivates her audience with finely crafted
tales that will free you mind and make you dance.
"Lady Willpower" ~ Relix Magazine
"Excellent" ~ WWOZ New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Radio
"A Musical Direct Hit" ~ Indie Music.com
"Talent like this may never pass this way again"~ Haight Street Music News
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