The Tin Men: a classic trio, with unorthodox instruments
Sousaphone, guitar and washboard, enhanced by tin cans and hotel desk bell?
It’s not your usual musical lineup.
But in some respects, The Tin Men is a classic trio. The guitar functions as a midrange instrument producing melody and rhythm; the washboard provides percussion; and sousaphone, a portable version of the tuba, supplies the bottom end.
“Yeah, just like Cream,” said “Washboard” Chaz Leary, referring to the 1960s power trio with Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce.
“It’s just a little different from what people are used to,” added singer-guitarist Alex McMurray. “We don’t let that stop us. We do whatever music strikes our fancy.
For The Tin Men’s fourth album, “On the Shady...
Alex owned the week!
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Alex on the Spudcast!
With the great John "Spud" McConnell. Check it out HERE
Tin Men Heading Out West
Tin Men will be in Livingston, MT for the Hoot Thursday Aug 13, In Casper, WY Aug 14 and at the Gold Hill Inn in Gold Hill, CO Saturday Aug 15. Tell a friend!
Hey just got back in town and got the new dates up on the site. More to come.
Tin Men are heading out west in August! Check out the Shows Page.
Also Tin men have a new CD "On The Shady Side". Release extravaganza Sept 23 at DBA 7-9!
Hey I'll be performing at a thing called Milo's Music Parlor at 6:30 next Tuesday at Tasseology 1228 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard NOLA. They do this pre-interview. I guess so they know what to ask on the show. Here's the Q&A. I case you were wondering and, hey, it's content!
1. How long have you been in New Orleans and where are you from?
Been here since August 1987. I can't do the math. 28 years? I was born and raised in Red Bank, New Jersey, in the house my father only moved of very recently.
2. What drew you to New Orleans? or Why New Orleans?
I came here by accident. I wound up at Tulane University because it was the only school that I applied to that gave me financial aid. Hated it at first and spent my freshman year trying to get into a school in Oregon. When they wait-listed me that pretty much sealed the deal because by the time I was accepted all the financial...
Is it summertime already?
Dear Lord...has it really been since January that I updated this News section? Holy hell...well suffice to say lots has happened and I have proof somewhere. The Springtime has come and gone and now we're hitting the 90 degree time. Just as well. I've been trying to get this adhesive off my arms. Perhaps it will simply melt away. Here's some news: New Tin Men CD on its way. I'm crapping you negative. Also going to the Ascona Jazz Festival with Tin Men and Debbie Davis. Ain't that some shit? Also going out West with Tin Men in August...dates will be posted ASAP. Come say hello...
New Write Brothers CD
Hey I'm in a new band with these fellas Spencer Bohren, Paul Sanchez and Jim McCormick. We have a CD out now called "First Flight". It's mostly songs we wrote together, plus new interpretations of one another's songs. Playing our NOLA debut gig at Chickie Wah Wah on Jan 16 at 8...
Spencer Bohren, Paul Sanchez, Alex McMurray and Jim McCormick take flight as the Write BrothersThe Times Picayune
The Write Brothers had a problem. On the last day of recording their debut album, Spencer Bohren, Paul Sanchez, Alex McMurray and Jim McCormick realized they needed one more song...
Offbeat Review of Redhaus showOffbeat Magazine
Thanks to Laura DeFazio, Aurora Nealand, Mike Darby and everyone who came out! What a great space!
Of all the incredible events and concerts that went on this past Halloween weekend, the most memorable was also the most bizarre.
The Redhaus, an Alice-in-Wonderland-level-trippy art space on St. Claude complete with a thoroughly life-threatening tree house structure out back, marked its reopening Sunday night with an underground concert featuring Frenchmen notables Alex McMurray, Aurora Nealand, and Mike Darby.
Various collaborators had been hard at work for weeks to ready the gutted double shotgun for the show, but everything was still fascinatingly precarious, with countless nooks and crannies and weird surprises.
A giant mechanical skeleton swimming in psychedelic projections hung from the ceiling, a gondola from the 1984 World’s Fair sat perched casually in a treetop in the...
Alex plays and sings for nola.com
In which I sing and discuss the birthday number "Young Man's Game".
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We have achieved maximum slowness. It is July. No Tin Men until August (except in Abita Springs July 19th). I have some shows at DBA and Yuki. They're on the schedule. Beatles Fest is July 12. We'll be celebrating the strange life of fallen Ubergrinch Dennis Zentek at Dennis Fest which is being held at DBA July 20. Check the shows page for further details. Also coming up in August are Royal Fingerbowl at Siberia on Aug 9 (Narcissy opens) plus shows at Rockwood in NYC and John & Peter's in New Hope, PA. Stay cool people.
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Tin Men- Avacado Woo WooWhereyat.com
For over a decade, the Tin Men have been collaborating to harness an eclectic melding of genres. With infl uences of swing jazz, R&B, Motown, and easy listening, their latest release, Avocado Woo Woo, captures the unique spirit radiating out of New Orleans and beyond. The trio consisting of Washboard Chaz (vocals, percussion), Matt Perrine (sousaphone), and Alex McMurray (guitar, vocals) has perfected a relationship with their instruments. Whether or not you’ve seen the mastery in action at their d.b.a. home court or not, the album exemplifi es just this. From the gospel praises of “Jesus Always Get’s His Man” to the folksy title track, “Avocado Woo Woo,” to the stand out percussion performance in “Why Don’t You Haul Off and Love Me?” and the perfectly executed “Lonely One In This Town,” the Tin Men are dressed to impress. Aside from the band’s consistent display of technical...