Benjamin Adair Murphy’s songs cover many styles, but they always come back to the blues.
His early love for Mississippi John Hurt, Lead Belly, and Blind Willie Johnson influenced Benjamin to create stripped-down, unpolished, acoustic country blues songs. His admiration for Leonard Cohen, Ira Gershwin, Bertolt Brecht, Hank Williams, Tom Waits, and Bob Dylan taught him the power of storytelling through songs.
Benjamin fronted the NYC band the Blue Eighty Eights, and has recorded solo albums in Brooklyn, Rome, and Mexico City. He has written lyrics for Nanuchka, Roiki, Electro Morocco, the Monophonic Shooting Spree, and other artists.
His poetry and fiction have been published in Headline Poetry and Press, The Good Ear Review, Ophelia Street, Spare Change, and others. His plays have been produced in New York, Boston, Chicago, Carrboro NC, and Millersville University. His play Hinterland was produced Off-Off Broadway in 2009.
He lives in Mexico City with his family.
Photo: Juan Victor Bellesario