Grateful Murph's Bio
Murph credits his Beatles albums for teaching him to sing as a youngster. Piano lessons began when he was in the 4th grade. He was inspired to take piano lessons, after his father, a big fan of Pete Fountain, began clarinet lessons. He continued lessons through high school and was in the music program at The University of Maryland. A fan of “Americana,” and “roots rock,” Murph has played in music groups playing a widely diverse repertoire of music. In the 80’s he played music full time, touring the south east with a pop rock and funk band, In-Color, and a DC area band called The Habits. In the 1990’s Murph was recruited to play Grateful Dead with The Next Step, a gig which lasted 15 years, and saw him playing at many jam-band festivals, and rock club venues. All this, while, also, playing in a 9-Piece swing & soul band--Brass Alley--which played hundreds of wedding receptions and special events. Murph spent 10 years doing keyboards and vocals with The Other People, playing an all Frank Zappa repertoire. RCB’s drummer, Dave, was in that band with Murph.
Currently, Murph is the lead vocalist for The Disciples of Sabbath, a Black Sabbath tribute band, and occasionally sings lead, and harmony for On The Bus, and Born Cross-Eyed. Murph joined The Rock Creek Band around 2014, and loves their mix of roots music and Grateful Dead. He loves singing lead and harmony, playing pianos and organs, and loves to get a little gospel feel going, when the spirit moves him. When he’s singing to a crowd of dancing music lovers, there’s no place he’d rather be.