Benjamin Adair Murphy’s songs cover many styles, but they always come back to the blues.
His 2022 EP 'Old Chords' was named one of the best Americana releases of the year by BluesBlues Magazine and Roy Brown's Groove Machine in the U.K.
His album 'Let’s Make a King' was called “one of the most compelling albums of 2020” by the YHUP and named one of the best albums of 2020 by multiple publications. The Talk Tonight Blog in the UK has described Benjamin as "...possibly one of the best underground voices I’ve heard it a very long time.”
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 music has been heard on shows on the Discovery Channel, and featured in the films Nine Bullets starring Lena Headey, Sam Worthington, and Barbara Hershey, Beckman (2020) - IMDb starring William Baldwin and Burt Young, and Revelation Road 2: The Sea of Glass and Fire (2013) - IMDb starring Eric Roberts and Ray Wise.
His lyrics and poetry have been published in Headline Poetry and Press, Fevers Of The Mind Poetry, Goat's Milk Magazine, Lothlorien Poetry Journal, Rabid Oak, Coven Poetry, The Good Ear Review, Ophelia Street, 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 Athens, Greece with his family.
Photo: Juan Victor Bellesario