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If you go
What: Kristina Murray and Two Hearted Joints
When: 9 p.m. Thursday
Where: Laughing Goat Coffeehouse, 1709 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-440-4628
More info: thelaughinggoat.com
What: Kristina Murray’s Open Mic
When: 8-11 p.m. every Tuesday
Where: The Attic, 949 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-415-1300
More info: atticbistro.com
Kristina Murray isn’t new to Colorado anymore, but her Georgia roots are still visible. Or audible, anyway. Her record Unravelin has an old fashioned country and Americana sound that you’re not likely to hear on popular country radio. You can hear it Thursday night at the Laughing Goat, or from iTunes or Bandcamp. We talked with Murray about her inspiration.
You’re from Atlanta, right? When did you move out here?
I’ve been out here since 2007. That’s almost seven years now.
So you’ve adjusted by now.
[Laughs] This snow kind of makes me crazy.
I imagine Georgia still influences your writing.
Definitely. My album that just came out about a month ago — there’s a song called “The Year Georgia Went Dry.” Overall, I think that Southern feel, that Southeastern feel, comes through in my writing and playing and singing.
Is it anything in particular you write about or is it a general feeling?
I guess it’s kind of both ends there. I’ll pull kind of specific instances from my own childhood and my own life there, but also the general feel. I’ll get nostalgic for how I think is. I don’t realize this thing or this thing sucks about Atlanta.
Your record is pretty straightforward country and Americana. Were you surrounded by that growing up?
I started listening to country music when I was pretty young, probably fifth or sixth grade. I got into those mid-’90s Nashville people … From there, I went back and discovered the legends and the heroes like Emmylou Harris and people like that who especially influence my sound. My parents were from Georgia and listened to the Allman Brothers all the time and Dylan, so that’s been a large influence … I have been through phases. I went to high school in Atlanta, so I went through a rap music phase, of course. I moved to Colorado and I was in a bluegrass phase as well. But I’ve always been country and rock ‘n’ roll.
Do you write by yourself?
My partner, my guitarist in my band, he helps with a lot of crafting. I’ll have some lyric ideas and song ideas and he’ll help with arranging or, ‘Let’s work with this bridge here and let’s try this riff.’ He helps with that aspect of it and helped on the album. There are some songs on the album that I wrote with a friend of mine, too.
And speaking of lyrics, you’re not shy about the drinking and heartbreak and roaming stuff.
I think, listening to new country radio, stuff that’s on 92.5 and 98.5, it’s just about tailgates and, you know, driving out to the country and drinking. That seems to be the fad for now. Some of that old classic stuff, the heartbreak, whiskey drinking — you can have a million different points of view sitting in a bar and I think that’s why there are so many songs about sitting in a bar. Why change what isn’t broken?
What’s next for you?
Bigger and better shows is the dream, but we also gotta pay our dues. I’m no stranger to that and I’m not afraid of that. I think the music is good and I wanna get it out there.