Texas native Trish Murphy has been writing heartfelt, lyrically rich songs for nearly a decade. Her interest in music arrived early in her life. Her father was also a musician and much of Murphy’s childhood was spent singing back-up for him along with her two siblings. But it wasn’t until the early 90’s, after receiving her BA in Philosophy that Murphy decided to pursue music full-time. And together with her younger brother, Darin, the two formed a musical duo and performed in and around Houston.
After a move to Austin in 1996, Murphy began writing and recording for her full-length solo album, Crooked Mile. Released and recorded on her own dime, the album gained critical reviews and allowed Murphy to tour extensively to promote it, including a stint on the Lilith Fair tour.
Featured from this album is ‘Scorpio Tequila,’ a foot-tapping song about a woman’s dream of being more assertive with the man she has her eye on and using the daily horoscope to determine her next move.
The rest of the record is even and strong and boasts Murphy’s rendition of Bob Dylan‘s classic, ‘She Belongs To Me.’
Rubies On The Lawn, Murphy’s follow-up, arrived a year later, repeating her winning formula of memorable stories set to a country meets rock backdrop. Like Crooked Mile, Rubies again pleased critics and fans alike.
First-time listeners of Murphy’s music will find it difficult to resist the charm of ‘Me Behind The Wheel,’ the highly infectious standout which best illustrates Murphy’s hybrid of country-rock set to smart, lyrical storytelling.
‘Johnny Too Blue’ is another gem, a pepped-up number which relays the tragic tale of a military man’s adjustment to normal life after time spent on the battlefield in Vietnam.
Also noteworthy is Murphy’s cover of the famous ‘These Boots Are Made For Walkin.’
Two years later, Murphy followed-up Rubies with a live, album entitled Captured. Recorded in Austin, Captured gave Murphy her return to a back to basics format, offering up new songs in a fun, interactive, acoustic setting.
Murphy’s latest effort is the amazing Girls Get In Free, a collection of eleven new tracks (some of which were heard in their acoustic forms on Captured) which are possibly Murphy’s best yet. Originally released in 2003 on the Raven label, it was re-issued this year with Valley Records and offers up sweet ballads and classic rockers. And while they make up the bulk of the record, they’re balanced out with mid-tempo tracks like the spectacular ‘Paralyzed’ and a cover of Lyle Lovett‘s ‘Cowboy Man,’ a duet performed with Bob Schneider.