Dave Murphy and Paul Sachs
This November, New Jersey native Dave Murphy visits
the land of his ancestors and embarks on his first Irish
tour. Joining Dave will be singer-songwriter and guitar
genius Paul Sachs from NYC and also, Dave's cousin Kerry
Fearon who still resides at the family homestead which
faces Slieve Gullion, just outside of Jonesboro in South
On his appropriately titled American Landscape, Dave
Murphy is both a lonesome-voiced Troubadour who sings
like a heart newly bruised by distance and longing and
an astute observer and chronicler of the American condition.
He narrates his tales with wit and brevity. On "Fading
Taillights," Murphy plays the role of the lover
choosing to jilt rather than be jilted. Murphy evokes
the time and distance of the lost American highway and
the poignant role it plays in every American songwriter's
imagination. Half a lifetime of the travel, stories
and portraits he has experienced finally has distilled
into this lush and resonant collection titled American
American Landscape has been enjoying huge success in
the States to date; Reaching #5 Roots Music Report's
National Top 50 Americana-Country Album Chart where
it spent over 5 months in the Top 50, American Landscape
also reached #1 on the Roots Music Report's New Jersey
Top 50 Album Chart as well as reaching #9 Top Album
on the Folk DJ Chart
Born and raised in New York City, Paul Sachs writes
lyrical and gritty songs. Bob
Dylan, Harry Chapin, Tom Waits and Springsteen are the
songwriters that influenced him, and pushed him into
the folk music circles of the city. Sachs still lives
in NYC, performing in various venues around the country.
He has recorded six independent albums, His finger style
guitar work and powerful voice combine to create mesmerizing
Full Detroit (2018) is Paul Sachs' sixth independent
release. A 2013 Kerrville new folk winner, Sachs' new
powerful collection of songs challenge the paradox of
solitude while at the same time needing one another.
Whether facing existential forces or surviving on a
planet reeling out of control, one thing is certain-
some things we go through alone. In the opening track
"Foxhole Prayer," "God grant me the serenity"
is pondered, "there is no we when Judgment comes".
The title track is a metaphorical nightmare that unfolds
as a man awakes to find his lover next to him still
the same. While in the dream they've "Gone Full
Detroit." "Leave aLittle Heaven Behind"
contemplates the good we do on earth while realizing
all of us are finite. In
"Glorious Failure," a washed-up pugilist tells
the story of how his fathers' abuse played a part in
the decisions he made in the boxing world- "My
father used to shout you're a has been, but I was never
a used to be." In "People are a lot of Work,"
Sachs meets a hermit who lets his misanthropic views
get the best of him. In "Family Secrets,"
Sachs sings about his upbringing and how some things
are better left unknown.
Enjoying her own little bit of success, Kerry Fearon
can't wait for this Irish tour as she says 'It will
be a special kind of tour, sharing gigs with someone
who is family! Dave will also get to explore the area
where our family came from and to visit and meet up
with more relatives.'
Kerry has recently completed a run of UK and Scottish
festivals; one of which she headlined the Maverick stage
(The 25th Millport Country Music Festival) and her current
single; 'To Ramona' has been enjoying a lot of radio
success throughout Europe and is the current number
1 on the Downtown Radio/ Downtown Country Hot 7 chart
and it has also spent several weeks at the top spot
on the Hotdisc British and Irish Top Ten. Kerry looks
forward to the Susan McCann String of Diamonds Festival
in January 2020. Catch her Boot's 'N' Roots show on
Dundalk FM every third Saturday of the month at 10pm.