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Interview:
Silver Bullet's Shaun Murphy digs into the blues on latest album
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Shaun Murphy has always had the blues -- a little bit, at least, in her music.

But the Nebraska-born, Detroit-raised singer -- whose voluminous credits include long-term membership in Bob Seger's Silver Bullet Band -- decided to dig in a little deeper on her just-released seventh album, "It Won't Stop Raining."

"I wanted to make a record that was more based in the blues genre than I have before," Murphy, whose early career included a performance at the first Ann Arbor Blues Festival in 1969, explains from her home in Nashville. I've sort of been all over the map with other records with a large part in the blues, but this time I just wanted to lean a little more in that area.

"I get to sing a lot of gutbucket kind of stuff with the blues, which is really where I like to be."

Murphy -- who, under the name Stoney, recorded an album for Motown with Meat Loaf and has also logged tenures with Eric Clapton and Little Feat, among others -- also had a stockpile of "a bunch of songs friends had been sending me for awhile" that she was able to use for the album as well as some older material she particularly likes. "A couple in there are very tongue in cheek, which I just love to do," Murphy says. "I've got 'Your Husband is Cheating on Us" on there, which goes back to my early days, and a few others."

Murphy, who also writes songs herself, anticipates staying in the blues lane for the foreseeable future. And like many, she finds that singing the blues doesn't necessarily mean she has the blues a great deal of the time.

"The blues makes me happy," she says. "I think it makes a lot of people happy. I mean, just day to day living presents really great challenges and defeats and makes you mad and all that kind of stuff. But once I get to singing and just having my way with different songs, it's just sort of a release for me.

"It gets it all out of me, I think. It just makes me feel better, and I know a lot of other people who feel that way."

Shaun Murphy

8 p.m. Friday, July 30.

Callahan's Music Hall, 2105 South Blvd., Auburn Hills.

Tickets are $20 and $25.

Call 248-858-9508 or visit atcallahans.com.

Web Site: www.atcallahans.com

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