Murphey’s Midnight Rounders are the Midwest’ masters of harmonious rock-folk fusion magik! It’s a fresh musical take on the concept of liberty. MMR has been described as a cross between the Grateful Dead, the Andrews sisters, and Fleetwood Mac. With that visual in mind, the MMR comes across as honest, refreshing and magickal.
Brad Murphey has distinguished himself as a versatile songwriter, arranger and guitarist. Original songs, such as, “Tom’s Song” and “Soul of the Nation,” are soulful fragments of lost dreams. Others, such as “Third Bombay” and “Uncle Chronic,” give us insights into his twisted sense of humor. Brad is a ‘by-product’ of Northwestern College Conservatory, where he focused on classical composition and conducting.
Playing mandolin, bass, djembe and bodhrane is Teresa Frank. Her voice lends a silky texture to MMR’s harmonies. Music has always been a part of Teresa’s life; starting when she was a tiny girl. Singing, dancing, or playing; it was always there. Teresa plants a garden in the spring, and then ignores it because she’s on the road.
After retiring from the corporate world Jeanette Atwood decided to fulfill her desire to be “independently wealthy and travel”. The travel part has been realized the last four years , traveling with the band playing washboard and hand percussion. She is our Road Mom and Washboard Player and occasional comedian on stage. She is still working on the “independently wealthy”.
Josh (Chef) Lueth is an all-around musician who plays Bass, Mandolin, Banjo, Guitar and Violin. He’s been the bass player for Murphey’s Midnight Rounders for 4 years. We have been fortunate to have him in our family. Along with being a member of the Rounders, he is also a member of the band, Jeez Louise on the West Coast.
Kari Crow realized her desires to be a part of music at the ripe age of 15 when she discovered modern folk music. After finding her voice, she has musically pursued everything anyone was willing to teach her, including bass, djembe, guitar, and mandolin, as well as being an avid songwriter. Being a gypsy storyteller at her heart, she enjoys weaving musical tales around the campfire just as much as performing up on a stage.