After years of success as a solo artist, Great Lakes troubadour Lee Murdock has formed a new band, Blue Horizon, adding buoyant harmonies and rhythmic undercurrents to build a sound that’s as refreshing as a splash of fresh water over the bow.
Chosen from a field of more than 800 applicants for the Official Showcase Artist Honors, Blue Horizon will be performing many tunes from the most recent CD What About the Water by Lee Murdock, which hit the FolkDJ charts at number 13 when it was released in October, 2014. The band also has deep repertoire of songs from Lee Murdock’s 19 earlier CDs.
Blue Horizon is a meeting of the old and the new. Taking some of Lee Murdock’s carefully researched traditional tunes, and giving them a new, and sometimes quirky, contemporary sound, has always been Lee Murdock’s musical mission.
The trio is comprised of some of Chicagoland’s best up-and-coming musicians, including Mike Bradburn (bass/vocals) of the popular band, Dolly Varden … and Joel Simpson, a multi-instrumentalist who has been an enthusiastic Lee Murdock fan since he was only six years old. Joel plays in Irish, pop, and jazz ensembles, and switches off between dobro, banjo, mandolin and other instruments in Blue Horizon.
In addition to the sponsored showcase, Lee and Blue Horizon will participate in some independent late-night showcases and appearances in the traditional music “arena” throughout the conference.
Blue Horizon Showcase Schedule:
Thursday February 18, 2016, 10:00-10:25 pm Official Showcase,Brookside Ballroom
Thursday February 18 11:30-11:45 pm Room 629: Access Film Music Green
Thursday February 18 12:30 am (just after midnight) Room 645: Folk Alliance Traditional & International Showcase
Thursday February 18 1:10-1:30 am Room 546: Moors and McCumber Presents
Friday February 19, 3:30 pm (afternoon) Room 727: Lilfest II
Friday February 19, 12 Midnight Room 728: LilFest I
Friday February 19, 12:30-1 am Room 755: Access Film Music Yellow
Saturday February 20, 1-2pm (one song only) Century Ballroom C — American Folklife Center 40th Anniversary Showcase!