‘Sippiana Soul Music
On any given night, fifty two weeks out of the year, The Pat Murphy Band will be somewhere in the deep south serving up it’s brand of ‘Sippiana Soul Music to an audience. It’s been that way since 1965 when, at age sixteen, Pat Murphy played his first job as a professional musician in the back room of Trapani’s Knock Knock Bar on Beach Boulevard in Bay St. Louis, Ms. The notorious Biloxi Strip was literally wide open in the sixties and the high school junior got an eye opening musical education playing in clubs like The Vapors, The Fiesta and The Beachcomber.
Growing up in ‘Sippianaland, (a phrase coined by New Orleans pianist Mac Rebbenac describing the cultural melt between New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast) the young Murphy was blessed with being exposed to all of the New Orleans recording stars in their youth. The area clubs and dances regularly featured the likes of Ernie Kdoe, Benny Spellman, Earl King, The Nevilles, Irma Thomas and Deacon John and the Ivories. The local black venues like The Dixie Hall, The Pecan Grove and The Hundred Men’s Hall provided Murphy and some of his more adventurous friends a backdoor to the sixties chitlin circuit. Murphy has been hooked on blues and southern R&B ever since.
Murphy’s brand of ‘Sippiana Soul Music can best be described as a musical gumbo whose ingredients include the rollicking Texas blues shuffles of Junior Parker, Bobby Bland and Doug Sahm as well as the syncopated second line funk and dixieland jazz of the New Orleans streets. Added to this musical concoction is a generous seasoning of gritty southern soul music with the jazz of Miles Davis and John Coltrane thrown in for garnishment.
The Pat Murphy Band works in a classic seven piece format with a rhythm section consisting of Murphy on piano and organ, veteran R&B guitarist Bob Welch, bassist Eric Watkins and Steve Sandberg on drums. The two piece horn section consists of Jerry Jumonville on tenor sax and Willie Willis on trumpet. Candy Murphy, Watkins, Willis and Murphy himself share vocal duties.
The band is comprised of seasoned professional musicians who pride themselves on being easy to work with. These musicians are ‘Sippianaland’s foremost musical ambassadors, a position that they take very seriously. Their song list runs the gamut from horn blues and classic southern soul to funk and jazz. The list contains a versatile mix of very danceable fast and slow tunes. A Pat Murphy Band performance is guaranteed to bring any audience, whether at an outdoor festival, a music club, one of the many Gulf Coast casinos or a black tie affair to it’s feet. Just ask any of their fans!!!
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401 Turner Street
Waveland, MS 39576