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Shaun Murphy 's making her own music these days

of the Oakland Press

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This is Shaun Murphy’s time.

The singer, a Nebraska native who moved to Detroit when she was 17, is best known for her work with others, primarily in Bob Seger’s Silver Bullet Band and Little Feat, as well as a one-album stint at Motown during the early ’70s as part of the duo Meat Loaf (yes, that Meat Loaf) and Stoney.

But since leaving Little Feat at the beginning of 2009, Murphy has released two albums with her own Shaun Murphy Band — “Livin’ the Blues” and the new “Trouble With Lovin’” — and enjoys being the focus at long last.

“A rolling stone gathers no moss, right?” says Murphy, who currently resides in Nashville. “I certainly have been cautious in approaching this, but it feels right and it feels timely, and I feel like I have a lot of current messages to say in my songs. I think it’ll ring a lot of bells with a lot of people.”

Murphy says “Trouble With Lovin’” was designed “to branch out a little bit from the tight blues genre,” incorporating influences such as Aretha Franklin and Koko Taylor. “I’ve even got a waltz on there,” she says with a laugh.

But even though that work is her passion these days, Murphy is ready to get back in the Silver Bullet camp if and when Seger decides to hit the road in 2011.

“I’m just standing here with baited breath,” she says. “I’ve got a few spies keeping an eye on this for me. There have been a few rehearsals here and there, but ... everybody’s waiting for the next call.

“Bob’s got a lot of things on his plate, so I’m just hoping for the best — and certainly the best for him, always. He’s a wonderful friend, and what a talent. Hopefully he’ll really want to do (a tour).”

The Shaun Murphy Band performs Wednesday, Oct. 27, at Callahans Music Hall, 2105 South Blvd., Auburn Hills. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $17.50 at the door. Call 248-858-9508 or visit www.atcallahans.com.

Web Site: www.atcallahans.com

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