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James Robert Murphy

When exposing the lives of others, we reveal our own fractured personality. When you try to be honest about your take on other people, your own weaknesses and insecurities emerge for all to inspect." This is regarding the embellished memoir, My Life Before I Decided To Commit Suicide.

James Murphy earned an MA from the University of Oklahoma in Administrative Leadership and a BS from the State University of New York with a concentration in Arts Management. He is the principal founding member of the New York State Blues Festival, serving as festival director from 1992-2003, and again in 2013-2014. He co-founded the Syracuse Guinness Irish Festival, serving as festival director from 1999-2003. Both of these community events continue to be popular in Syracuse, NY. 

He and his family moved to El Paso, TX in 2004 where he first worked as managing director for El Paso Opera. He had been serving the City of El Paso as the director of development for the El Paso Museum of History since 2006 until his recent retirement in 2018.

Mr. Murphy has been a songwriter and performer since the early 1970s, releasing a few original rock cassettes and a pop 45 along the way. e is currently producing the 2920 Sessions, a series of recording sessions in his home studio featuring several El Paso artists performing his music that covers several genres. His music ranges from the blues with the award-winning 2012 release of the 4-CD box set, A History of Blues, to country/folk/Americana, with the 2019 release, The Way Things Used To Be, a collection of songs written during his hitchhiking adventures that spanned a decade. Getting these projects out of his system, he began delving into an untapped genre - Jazz. This was the next logical move. This began The 2920 Sessions. Recently retired, this was the perfect time to play guitar and write new material every single day!  Jazz: The 2920 Sessions, is a collection of songs, some written decades ago but never recorded, and was finally released in 2020. Murphy admits some material may seem overproduced and should be placed in the "I am trying to figure out a new genre category so bear with me" file. In 2021 Murphy began a journey toward his second jazz piece, Park North. Almost every composition on Park North is new. Thoughtful chord progressions, and a closer, cleaner feel to the objective - learning jazz. There is an extraordinary amount of original music available by clicking on the music link to the left.

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Album Review

James Robert Murphy: Diddle

Read "Diddle" reviewed by Kyle Simpler

Some people are just naturally creative, and many of these artists express themselves through one particular medium. However, there are others whose talents cannot be confined to just one art form. James Robert Murphy is such a case. His knowledge and creative drive cross many different genres. As an author, he has published books ranging from fiction and poetry to history and crime. He is also a talented visual artist. Along with those creative outlets, Murphy is a musician as ...

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