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The Tin Men: a classic trio, with unorthodox instruments

New Orleans Advocate September 16, 2015

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 Side,” the guys fancied local standards they perform every Wednesday night at d.b.a on Frenchmen Street.

The track list includes songs by Danny Barker, Allen Toussaint, Fats Domino and James...

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The Times Picayune First Flight

Spencer Bohren, Paul Sanchez, Alex McMurray and Jim McCormick take flight as the Write Brothers

The Times Picayune by Keith Spera January 15, 2015

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...

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Offbeat Magazine

Offbeat Review of Redhaus show

Offbeat Magazine by Reya Hart November 5, 2014

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 McMurrayAurora 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...

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Avocado Woo Woo

Tin Men- Avacado Woo Woo by Lauren Adam January 29, 2014

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...

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Offbeat Magazine Avocado Woo Woo

Tin Men, Avocado Woo Woo

(Threadhead Records)
Offbeat Magazine August 1, 2013

Set aside for a moment the fact that the guitar is amplified, also that the plucky instigator who wields said axe is slinging M.F.A.-yearning narratives at the mic. Disregard too that his rhythm-section mates are unquestionably at or near the top of their respective instrument games. At heart the Tin Men still epitomize the folksy, down-home realm of the New Orleans street sound...

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Offbeat Magazine Avocado Woo Woo

Return Of The Tin Men

"Avocado Woo Woo" Review
Offbeat Magazine by John Swenson June 1, 2013

No New Orleans band combines the city’s unique blend of musicianship, sense of humor and sheer eccentricity better than the Tin Men. The instrumental lineup is singular—Alex McMurray on guitar and vocals, Matt Perrine on tuba and Washboard Chaz, who sings like Tampa Red and plays his customized washboard like an early jazz drum kit. The combined sound is elastic, with approaches that range from indie rock to folk, brass band or free improvisation. And of course that sense of humor is never far from the surface. When musicians have this much fun playing together it’s hard not to have a good time listening to them. The new album Avocado Woo-Woo is “maybe the best record I’ve ever done,” said Chaz, who has made a lot of them with different bands...

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The New Orleans Advocate

Alex McMurray heard all over town

The New Orleans Advocate by John Wirt May 23, 2013

Alex McMurray may be the hardest-working man in New Orleans show business...

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Nola Defender by Ryan Sparks May 3, 2013

According to a friend of mine, the homes in the Bywater are “so close together you can hear your neighbor reading a magazine.” This past Wednesday, the two stages of Chaz Fest brought more interesting noises...

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Offbeat Magazine

Jazz Fest 2013 Focus: Alex McMurray

Offbeat Magazine by John Swenson May 1, 2013

On a recent Saturday evening Alex McMurray filled Siberia with an audience that hung on every word of his compositions, a catalog that ranges from wry to wistful to ribald. McMurray is adept at this solo magic, playing material mostly culled from his 2012 release I Will Never Be Alone In This Land. McMurray has also been playing shows, often with special guests, Thursday nights in the Saturn Bar, in what amounts to an intimate house party.

A little too intimate for McMurray’s taste.

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Tulane University New Wave

Alumnus holds 8th annual Chaz Fest in his backyard

Tulane University New Wave by Sally Asher April 29, 2013

It’s lucky for music lovers that Tulane alumnus Alex McMurray decided one day in 1992 to ask himself what would happen if kept riding his bike into the unknown — beyond the French Quarter. The journey took him to the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans, where he co-founded the local music festival Chaz Fest that takes place in his own backyard on Wednesday (May 1).

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Stereophile Magazine I Will Never Be Alone In This Land

John Swenson Reviews "I Will Never Be Alone In This Land"

Stereophile Magazine by John Swenson January 22, 2013

ALEX MCMURRAY / Will Never Be Alone In This Land Threadhead THR00051 (CD). 2012. Carlo Nuccio, prod.; Jacques DeLatour By John Swenson, December 2012

Alex McMurray is the linchpin of one of the most vibrant music scenes in contemporary America: the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans. This bohemian paradise has its own fringe festival, Chaz Fest, run by the enter-prising McMurray, who plays with the Tin Men, Happy Talk Band, and the Valparaiso Men's Chorus. While his versatile, genre-defying guitar work is a prized asset in local sessions—McMurray is one of the core players at Bywater's recording mecca, Piety Street Studios—his greatest strength is his songwriting. McMurray's compositional imagina-tion seems boundless. He covers as wide a stylistic range as any contempo-rary writer, matching cleverly turned lyrics and story songs with durable melodies and a...

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Offbeat Magazine I Will Never Be Alone In This Land

OffBeat’s Top 50 Louisiana Albums Of 2012

No. 5 - not bad
Offbeat Magazine by David Kunian January 1, 2013

In compiling this rundown, we reviewed, discussed, debated and flat out argued the discs most indicative of Louisiana music in 2012. Read on for our top picks of the year.

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AntiGravity Magazine I Will Never Be Alone In This Land

I Will Never Be Alone In This Land

Anti Gravity Reviews
AntiGravity Magazine November 30, 2012

It's been a couple of years since his last solo album, but...

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Offbeat Magazine I Will Never Be Alone In This Land


Offbeat Magazine by Zachary Young November 28, 2012

“The people that drive you crazy — the only people that can really drive you nuts are the people that love you,” a soft-spoken Alex McMurray tells host Zachary Young in this week’s episode of OffBeat’s Look-Ka Py Py Podcast. “They’re going to be the ones that help you,” he goes on to reveal.

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Offbeat Magazine I Will Never Be Alone In This Land

I Will Never Be Alone In This Land

Offbeat Magazine by David Kunian November 1, 2012

The Grand Sultan of St. Claude (and other streets) songwriting, Alex McMurray is among the best songwriters in New Orleans, a man who over the past two decades has written songs that mark our lives, deaths, loves, hates, hangovers, and what comes before and after those excesses. Buy on Amazon His new record is another set of excellent songs that will insinuate themselves subtly into listeners ears, to the point they will become part of all our lexicons.

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