Bri Murphy (from the album Things We’d Rather Not Say)
Music and the south have played a big role in the life of Bri Murphy. Born in Wisconsin, Bri spent summers in Tennessee, growing in the ways of the southland and a diet of okra and sweet corn. Her musical training began at four years old with the violin, picking up piano, mandolin, guitar, French horn, and a little bit of banjo along the way. Her history comes alive on the recent release from Bri Murphy, Things We’d Rather Not Say. The story pulls Bri Murphy into love, matching the undercurrent tow of “Riptide” while “Never Been Loved” owns its shortcomings as it prepares for a change of heart as Things We’d Rather Not Say ponders “What Freedom Means” on Country Folk and hushes the instrumentation to fire-up “Tiny Little Sparks”.
After a move to Nashville, Bri Murphy embarked on road shows, touring with other artists as part of the band on fiddle and backing vocals. She returned to Wisconsin to record Things We’d Rather Not Say at Pine Hollow studio in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. It is difficult to create art that assures a shift though with Things We’d Rather Not Say, Bri Murphy had some wishes with the recording, stating ‘I hope people take away a sense of hope and love from this record, regardless of what's going on in the world or in their life. I hope it also gives them courage to say things that are hard to say but need to be spoken. More than anything, I hope they find some pieces of the beauty, magic, and light we created up in the Northwoods when we were weaving these songs into a record, that they can carry with them through these strange and somewhat dark times’. A woman stands tall, shining with personal discovery in “Diamond” as Things We’d Rather Not Say dips with a Country sway through “Heart Like a Rock” and sinks in the rhythmic flow of “Deep Fever’ while Bri Murphy rattles and shakes as she lists the rules of the game with “Imperial Myths of Conquest and Masculinity (Step Back, Bro)”.
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