Willie Murphy's Original Blue Monday

As inextricably tied to the Twin Cities scene as any musician in modern times, Willie Murphy has just about done and seen it all in a career that threads back to the era when the Beats were morphing into the hippies. He flirted with the big time, turned down a chance to be a producer in L.A. or New York, but ultimately reigned where it counted most, in front of exuberant audiences. Now Murphy shows few signs of slowing down, despite reaching that age made infamous by the Beatles — 64 — and collecting Social Security. Murphy's latest stuff is a fabulous double CD, A Shot of Love in a Time of Need, released in November by St. Paul's Red House Records, which is known as a folk label. Of course, Murphy has a folkie connection too, not only in the material that sometimes touches the genre but also because of his ties to the potent Minneapolis West Bank scene, a folkie haven that produced the likes of Koerner, Ray, and Glover.
Mondays, 7:30 p.m., 2010
 
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