June 28, 2018
Kristina Murray Readies Release of Second Full-Length Album, Southern Ambrosia
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — June 28, 2018 — One thing is certain, singer-songwriter Kristina Murray loves the South — for better or worse. Her new album Southern Ambrosia encompasses this duality and tension, incorporating praise to the elements she cherishes, while also wrestling through the dark and afflicted legacy and current reality of her home region. The album is set to release on September 21.
Murray grew up in a working class neighborhood of Atlanta — “Pink Azaleas” is her childhood set to melody — and the South’s heavy influence is threaded throughout Southern Ambrosia, her second full-length record. When Murray was in her mid-20s, her father died unexpectedly in his sleep after a full day of work. This tragedy — and other recent heartbreak — is felt throughout Southern Ambrosia both sonically and lyrically. Produced by Michael Rinne (Caroline Spence, Kelsey Waldon, Erin Rae), together the pair created a collection that sounds as comfortable on a lazy front porch as it does a rowdy honky-tonk stage. Resplendent with pedal steel and electric guitar, the project draws equally on her love of classic country and Southern rock, with the album title gleaned from a lyric in “Strong Blood,” nestled between references to the famous peaches of her native Georgia and The Allman Brothers’ iconic album, Eat a Peach.
“Slow Kill” is a timely introspective on the current American cultural landscape, covering exasperations and ironies ranging from the opioid epidemic, numbness and depression to lying politicians, economic frailty and struggle with Christian identity. The despairing duet “Tell Me” sounds like a long-lost gem from the golden era of country music, perfectly suited to the storied weekly Honky-Tonk Tuesdays at Nashville’s American Legion Post 82 where Murray is a familiar face and regular performer. Elsewhere onSouthern Ambrosia, she constructs a cinematic, nefarious tale titled “The Ballad of Angel and Donnie,” which she wrote after a wave of methamphetamine busts tore through Georgia. Bluesy number “Lovers and Liars” and spacey “Potter’s Field” each examine the struggles to rise above tough times and keep faith in hard work and self-reliance. The record concludes with the devastating confessional heartache of “Joke’s on Me.”
Blessed with an authentic, expressive voice, Murray always aspired to be a singer. After a move to Boulder, Colo. led to six years playing honky-tonk and bluegrass music in dives along the Colorado Front Range, Murray found her place and sound somewhere between Americana and traditional country music. She released her debut album, Unravelin’, in 2013 to regional acclaim. Her move to Nashville the following year enabled her to truly find her voice. She has immersed herself in the independent country and Americana music community, collaborating and performing on the Grand Ole Opry with Nashville musician JP Harris. She has also earned an Ameripolitan Music Award nomination following the release of her 2017 single “How Tall the Glass.”
Southern Ambrosia is available for pre-order via PledgeMusic now.