MP3 Lee Murdock - Between Two Worlds
"the premier interpreter of songs and tales about the Great Lakes..." says Dirty Linen, Lee''s sings of freshwater maritime lore, both contemporary and traditional. Title cut tells the unlikely story of aircraft carriers on Lake Michigan in the 1940s.
15 MP3 Songs
FOLK: Traditional Folk, FOLK: Modern Folk
Lee Murdock: Music That Speaks to the Sailing Spirit in All of Us
The Great Lakes have inspired awe and beauty, tragedy and humor, sailors and artists, for many generations. For Lee Murdock, exploring the musical and maritime heritage of his home region has become a passion and a labor of love, one that is shared by an avid following of boaters and preservationists around the Great Lakes and around the world!
The music is grounded in the work song traditiona, from the rugged days of lumberjacks and wooden sailing schooners. Murdock comes alongside with ballads of contemporary commerce and revelry in the grand folk style. Lee''s fans have become immersed in a sweetwater treasure of songs about the Great Lakes, finding drama and inspiration in the lives of sailors and fishermen, lighthouse keepers, ghosts, shipwrecks, outlaws and everyday heroes.
With a deeper understanding of the folk process, Lee''s life''s work combines historical research and contemporary insights. Every CD includes traditional songs (often these are regional versions of deepwater shanties, or freshly discovered traditional ballads), some original songs by Lee Murdock, and songs by other great contemporary songwriters like Larry Penn, Pat Dailey, David Francey and James Keelaghan.
Making music for the modern era, Lee Murdock''s work is a documentary and also an anthem to the people who live, work, learn and play along the freshwater highways of North America.
"More than anything else, audiences are drawn to performers with passion. Lee Murdock''s passion is the sea, and it''s infectious."
--Jim Blum, WKSU Radio, Kent, Ohio
"The premier interpreter of songs and tales about the Great Lakes ... Murdock''s regionalist approach does the area proud."
--Paul-Emile Comeau, Dirty Linen Magazine
"Murdock does a fine job of recreating this history and holding it up to a poet''s light."
--Matt Watroba, Sing Out! Magazine
"Lee Murdock deserves a place with other great singers of folk songs for children such as Pete Seeger, Tom Glazer and Ella Jenkins."
--School Library Journal
"I''m interested in trying to find the life in these songs; in making music that''s exciting to people today. I am looking for the songs and the interesting stories, not only for the people who already enjoy folk music, but for those who think they don''t like folk music."