On March 8th, 2013, Austin Jimmy Murphy's release, A History of Blues, took home the SAMMY (Syracuse Area Music Award) for Best Blues CD in Syracuse, NY. The collection is comprised of 4-CDs including 48 songs, 40 of which were penned by Murphy. He tips his hat to 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. Murphy states, “Syracuse is a hotbed of unbelievably talented blues musicians and songwriters. Their natural ability for improvisation is evident on every track of A History of Blues.” 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.
The 4-CD retrospective is available for $25. This includes shipping within the continental United States. $35 for all foreign mailings. Individual songs are available on Reverb Nation, Amazon and most othe online services.