Making a Scene Presents an Interview with Kathy Murray of Kathy Murray and the Kilowatts
With her new album, “Fully Charged,” due February 18, 2022, on Blue Heart Records, and the successful 2018 release of her critically acclaimed “Premonition of Love”, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Kathy Murray and her band the Kilowatts maintain their place in the blues pantheon that helps Austin, TX keep its reputation as the Live Music Capital of the World.
For decades this singer songwriter, Kathy Murray, has helped keep a spotlight on the Texas capital’s music scene. She cut her teeth during the golden era of Austin’s blues and R&B, sharing the stage with the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan, the Fabulous Thunderbirds and blues godfather W.C. Clark.
Murray is both a big-voiced blues singer and a prolific songwriter with a strong modern perspective. Throughout her professional evolution, the blues has been the foundation of Murray’s music and songwriting, though she’s never been a one-trick pony. “My sound encompasses the influences of all of Texas’ regional musical styles that I’ve been immersed in all my life: blues, country, swamp pop, zydeco, soul, and rockabilly,” she says. “I believe I’m helping take American blues and roots music into the future by writing new songs propelled by the styles that have inspired me.”
Recently, along with co-songwriters Christoffer ‘Kid” Andersen, Rick Estrin and Frank Bey, Murray wrote the title cut on Frank Bey’s album, “All My Dues Are Paid,” posthumously nominated for “Best Traditional Blues Album” in the 63rd Grammy Awards, and for “Song of the Year” in the 2021 Blues Music Awards. Murray received the 2003 “Songwriter of the Year” award from the Australian Blues Music Awards and two Silver Medals from the 2018 Global Music Awards.
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