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News Update: The biggest news for me this year is to have been asked to return to Syracuse, NY and act as the New York State Blues Festival's festival director and interim president. I was the principle founder of the festival in 1992 and managed it for 12 years before moving to El Paso in 2004. You can learn more about the festival by visiting www.nysbluesfest.com or you can like the festival on Facebook.
It's bee a long break between gigs for the band. El Paso has really slowed down these last couple of months. Nobody seems to be gigging much. My hope has been to gather the band together and learn a lot of new tunes. This hasn't happened. But for me this has been okay. It gave me a chance to paint a few new paintings and a chance to wrap up my new book, My Life Before I Decided To Commit Suicide, which should be available globally by the end of January if all goes well. It recently won 'Worthy of Being Called Excellent' award from Book Publishers of El Paso.
2013 was a really good year. Besides the book award, my CD, A History of Blues, won a Syracuse Area Music Award (SAMMY) for Best Blues CD. We were able to perform at a number of high profile dates (and low profile - which can be great as well), and look forward to a rewarding 2014.
GENERAL / AWARDS
2013 SAMMY (Syracuse Area Music Award) Best Blues CD
2012 A History of Blues, 4 CD Original Music Compilation Release
2004 Selfless Service to Music and the Arts, NYS Blues Festival
2003 Keeping the Blues Alive – Blues Promoter/Festival of the Year - New York State Blues Festival, from the Blues Foundation, Memphis, TN
2001, 1999, 1997, People’s Choice Award (Best Festival) Syracuse New Times
1996 SAMMY – Syracuse Area Music Award for Best Concert Event our Series
1995 Service to the Arts, Cultural Resources Council of Syracuse
and Onondaga County
Murphy served as president of Los Paisanos de El Chamizal for two years and co-produced two Chamizal Blues & Jazz Festivals and Blues in the Box in the famous McKelligon Canyon as well as founding the El Paso Blues Society.
Austin Jimmy Murphy
A prolific songwriter and interpreter of the blues, Murphy recently released, A History of Blues. A 4-CD, 48-song partial recording history of his musical blues journey to-date. He truly admires the richly talented musicians whose lives once crossed paths with his to create this anthology of authentic, many times live, and many times first-take blues sessions recorded in the Syracuse, NY area dating back to 1977 up through 2008. This partial library of recently recovered, mostly original material, ventures through Piedmont, Mississippi Delta, Chicago, Texas, Swing, and Contemporary blues styles. A 12-page booklet pinpointing the date the songs were penned, dates recorded, session name, where the session took place, who sat in on the session, and the lyrics are also included in the box set.
Since moving to El Paso Murphy has received a B.S. in the Arts from the State University of New York and an M.A. in Administrative Leadership from the University of Oklahoma. He has also authored, El Paso: 1850-1950, for Arcadia Publishing. Currently, besides performing regularly, Murphy is the development director for the El Paso Museum of History.