Chip Murray | Wide Awake

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Wide Awake

by Chip Murray

A soulful Dylanesque narrative of the American Landscape...
Genre: Country: Country Pop
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1. The Ballad of John Hall
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2. Wide Awake
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3. New Earth
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4. Honor
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5. Independence Day
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6. Like I Do
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7. My Girl
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8. What About Freedom
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9. Please
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10. Tip Jar
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11. Guilty
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12. Home
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13. Help
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14. Wonder Why
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15. Gotta Smoke
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"If the world hasn’t heard of Chip Murray yet, they're going to. With lyrics as powerful as Bob Dylan (yes, that powerful), an earthy, warm, weathered voice that sings about love and life and everything else in between, and wonderful, acoustic, honest production, “Wide Awake” is one of the best albums of this decade. If Chip had more notoriety, he would have beaten out Robert Plant and the Band of Joy for best album of the year." - Bobby Jo Valentine

Chip got his first guitar (a Stella) at the tender age of 13. It may have been a cheap guitar, but he quickly found it to be a great tool of expression and a very cool way to connect with people.
Growing up in the turbulent 60's, the guitar became his life raft and steady friend through the whitewaters of adolescence....
And while the rest of the world seemed to be finding themselves, making their marks and staking their claims, he was tasting the silent sweetness of nowhere. And yet, by 35 he had lived everywhere from Boulder to Reseda, to Morgan City and the Houston suburb of Bacliff. He lived, worked, loved, fought and danced with "the people" on every coast of this great land. He became one of them, assimilating their culture by inhaling their music & stories into his heart & soul...
I suppose "Gone Wishin'", the debut CD from his band Cavern was his first public "exhale" and but a glimpse of what's inside.
from "Devil in Me" to "Deja Vu Blues", Gone Wishin' is a metaphor for our journey from the darkness to the light....and after "we rest on the wind, we'll come right back to our mothers again."- Gibran
2010 found Chip back in the studio again...this time with Producer/Engineer Adrian Holtz (The Bravery, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Ravonettes, Neil Dorfsman), his former Cavern bass player Peter Verutes and fellow Warwickian Glenn John Arnowitz. The result is a new 15 track CD entitled, Wide Awake released 5/1/11!
His new material from "Wonder Why" to "Home" & "Tip Jar" is less personal and yet from a deeper and more connected place that is sure to touch you in places long forgotten...leaving you completely satisfied, wanting only a smoke!


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Patti Dempster

Wide Awake
Can't stop listening to this CD! It is so reminiscent of the 60's Folk Songs with addicting melodies and timely lyrics, that you feel complelled to sing along with Chip. This CD is full of tracks that will easily become favorites!

David Dempster

Wide Awake - A Celebration
At its essence, Chip Murray's new album"Wide Awake" is a celebration of life. That is not to say that Murray does not deal with some of the most painful human experiences: loneliness, lost love, political corruption, financial hardship, war and suicide. They are all there and he addresses them so powerfully and with such honesty that you feel as if you are suffering with him. But just when he has you teetering on the edge of despair, he pulls you back with a soaring melody and chorus, or with a gentle reminder that you are not alone, or the simple truth that, whatever happens along its path, life has to be lived. So get on with it. Murray "owns" these songs in every sense of the word. He can and does deliver them almost as effectively with just his Gibson and harp. But on "Wide Awake" he has skilfull accompanists who add color and dimension. They walk amiably by his side and, on some tracks, run with him sure-footedly, but never stand on his toes. The album reminds us that we live in troubled times, but no more so than our fathers and forefathers, who sem never to be far from Murray's thoughts. On "Wide Awake" Chip Murray celebrates "independence Day" but he does much more than that; he celebrates Life.