Winter Park / Live Music: ‘We go after each song we do with no fear’
February 15, 2008
Murphy’s Crossing makes its Grand County debut this weekend, playing tunes for guests at the Derailer Bar at the base of Winter Park Resort.
Sabrina Murphy leads vocals for the group with influences of rock, blues, country and jazz. She is the inspiration behind the band’s name.
She said, when she decided to get serious about having her own band, a friend of hers introduced her to the other band members.
Guitarist Tom Lindsay, who has been in the business for about 30 years and plays bass and sings vocals for the band, embraces a broad range of musical genres.
Drummer Steve Hively began studies on percussion instruments from the young age of 7 under one of Cincinnati, Ohio’s top jazz drummers for a decade before
continuing his education at Ohio State University. Steve “Jellyroll” Morton provides backup vocals when necessary and is the band’s lead guitarist, with guitar skill that Murphy said “stops people in their tracks.” His favorite artists including the Rolling Stones, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix.
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“We get a kick out of each other, tease each other mercilessly, and have a chemistry that’s unmistakable on stage,” Murphy said of her “siblings.”
When they’re not on stage, Murphy enjoys being a soccer mom and administrator of a new imaging/radiology center in Littleton. Hively and Lindsey are in the marketing business, and Morton is earning a computer degree.
Murphy said she’s “always had a heavy music influence from my Hazard, Ky. roots with a huge family of musicians” and suspects she’s been singing since she was in diapers. She’s drawn to songs that have messages that she believes in, “and hot guitar licks to back them.”
The band, which celebrates four years together, offers audiences a variety of high-energy acoustic rock, blues, folk and other musical “spices.” Song lists incorporate many known artists, a few originals, and new songs keeping the sound fresh and exciting. Murphy describes their music as very energetic and diverse.
“We go after each song we do with no fear,” she said. “I absolutely love to sing, doesn’t matter if it’s for one or hundreds. So, anything that touches my heart – my rockin’ roots, my love of a grin – is what makes it for me.”
Murphy and the band are working on several originals and hope audiences let their hair down for the upcoming shows and leave feeling that they got to know her a little bit.
“We want folks to know it’s worth sticking around after a day of skiing/boarding to catch some great music,” Murphy said. “And we’re hoping to knock socks off and get another invite quickly back to Winter Park.”