Kathy Murray and the Kilowatts

Kathy Murray and the Kilowatts

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Biography

When her family moved from Chicago to Austin, Texas, little did the then 12-year-old Kathy Murray know that she was not only leaving one blues hotbed, but also had landed in one of the future musical meccas of the world. She also had no idea that she, herself, would soon be a rising star of that musical landscape!

After witnessing what she can only describe as a "life changing triple bill" at the famed Armadillo WHQ, which included "Storm" with Jimmie Vaughan, "Paul Ray and the Cobras" featuring Denny Freeman, and "The Nightcrawlers" featuring a young Stevie Vaughan (well before his SRV days), Murray developed her vision of the blues in the formative days of the Austin blues scene, jamming with luminaries like W.C. Clark, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and members of The Fabulous Thunderbirds.

Encouraged by Austin blues legend Blues Boy Hubbard to sing professionally, she and her band the Kilowatts would become a staple of the Austin rhythm and blues scene. They shared the bill with many top acts, including Albert King, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Albert Collins, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Koko Taylor, Marcia Ball, and Sam & Dave, and graced the stages of Austin's most fabled venues.

During a recent hiatus from the stage, in which she concentrated all her efforts on her songwriting, Kathy amassed a rich catalog of original songs. Kate Meehan, the marvelous "Queen of Tasmanian Blues", has recorded 14 of Murray's songs, and Murray won an Australian Blues Association "Song of the Year" Chain Award for Meehan's recording of Murray's song, "Call Me Mrs. Blues". Recently in the States, Murray has been thrilled that the sultry songstress Toni Price and the sensational Spencer Thomas have both recorded her song, "Bird in the Hand", to great success.

The stars were clearly aligned, and the magic was there, as Kathy, along with her husband and musical soul mate, Bill "Monster" Jones, and world-class musician/producer and brother, David Murray, went into David's studio to record "Relatively Blue". The result is a collection of 10 of Kathy's original compositions that are teeming with honesty, soul, groove and family intuition.

Contact info:
bill@kathymurrayandthekilowatts.com
phone: (512)472-1921
website: www.kathymurrayandthekilowatts.com

Lyrics

Bird in the Hand

Written By: Kathy Murray, Kilowatt Music BMI

BIRD IN THE HAND
©Copyright Kathy Murray

You say you’ve got him eating
Right out of your hand
You believe you found yourself
A one woman man
Then baby treat him right
If you want him to stay
Because a bird in the hand is worth
Two in the bush they say

He brings shiny things
To feather your nest
He’s a hardworking man
And that’s the kind that’s best
So baby treat him right
If you want him to stay
Because a bird in the hand is worth
Two in the bush they say

That good man really loves you
And wants to settle down
You want your fun
And you like to run around
Now you know he’s patient
And he aims to please
But he’ll only wait so long
Before he’s going to leave

Now Tom, Dick and Harry
They want to have a fling
The man who really loves you
Wants you to wear his ring
So baby treat him right
If you want him to stay
Because a bird in the hand is worth
Two in the bush they say

The thrill of the chase
It really turns you on
Once you get caught
It ain’t long before you’re gone
But this time treat him right
If you want him to stay
Because a bird in the hand is worth
Two in the bush they say

Discography

"Relatively Blue" - 'Lectro Fine Records
"Exception to the Rule" - 'Lectro Fine Records
"Take a Chance" - 'Lectro Fine Records
"Texas Lovers" - Red Lightnin' Records
"Daughters of Texas" - PeaVine Records
"Soul Shake/Spell It Out" - Atomic Jukebox