Roger Murrah to record bluegrass versions of his hits

Celebrated tunesmith Roger Murrah, recently inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame, is planning to head into the studio in early 2006 to record his first ever songwriter album, on which he will personally give voice to some of the songs which have led to his success. Bluegrass fans will recognize Roger as the author of Some Things I Want To Sing About, recorded by both The Osborne Brothers and The Grascals, and Roger tells us that this will be the title track of the new CD.

Murrah has been in Nashville writing since the early 1970s and has been a fixture on that scene since his hits started coming in the 1980s. Songs like Goodbye Time, Don’t Rock The Jukebox, High Cotton, We’re In This Love Together, Ozark Mountain Jubilee, It Takes A Little Rain (To Make Love Grow), and many others have been recorded by some of the biggest names in country and pop music, and Roger’s publishing company, Murrah Music Corporation has placed songs for other writers with top artists. Murrah Music was selected as the Independent Publisher of the Year by Billboard Magazine in 1992.

Roger mentioned to us that he is a great fan of bluegrass music, and plans to include grassy versions of several of his hit songs for this new recording, though he hasn’t yet decided which ones they may be. Keith Stegal and Paul Compton are expected to produce.

“I actually got in the music business to be a singer, but all I’ve ever recorded are demos. I sort of ‘backed into’ writing and it took off in such a way that I couldn’t afford to think about all of the demands that are put on singers these days (and those days). I’m actually very thankful that things worked out as they have. But, I still have the bug to record.”

Murrah plans to release the CD on his own label, but with national distribution. No street date has been announced, but Roger has promised to keep us informed, and we will be sure to post updates as we receive them.

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John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.