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The Highway Girl

Published: Fri, 27 Jan 2012 03:05:00 +0000

Last Build Date: Sun, 23 Oct 2016 11:52:37 +0000

Copyright: Samantha Murphy

Teitur - You Never Leave LA

Fri, 27 Jan 2012 03:05:00 +0000

From Teitur's brand new album Let the Dog Drive Home comes the first single You Never Leave LA.  A wonderfully whimsical animated video accompanies an equally beautiful song from this melodic singer songwriter.  Here at The Highway Girl we love Teitur.  Now you know why.

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Greg Holden - Interview

Thu, 09 Sep 2010 14:23:00 +0000

Samantha Murphy sits down with Greg Holden at SXSW. Just the night before this interview he played an amazing set at The Highway Girl party at the Yarddog.

Recorded in the Frost Bank building in downtown Austin, TX.

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Rob Giles - Tambourine

Sun, 05 Sep 2010 17:55:00 +0000

Rob is back with another stellar performance for us. This time he is singing his song Tambourine. Recorded in West Hollywood.

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Greg Holden - As Far As I Can

Mon, 16 Aug 2010 04:20:00 +0000

Greg Holden playing his yet-to-be-released song As Far As I Can.

Recorded live during SXSW at the PGI Offices in the penthouse of the Frost Bank building in Downtown Austin, TX.

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Jesse Malin - Aftermath

Fri, 06 Aug 2010 18:25:00 +0000

Jesse Malin performs his song . Recorded at Iota in Arlington, VA.

From the moment I met Jesse he was warm, engaging and uncharacteristically funny. But what impressed me even more was his dedication to the music. He played a 30 minute set during sound check to get everything perfect.

Then after we recorded a show and he performed a song live for me, he warmed up his vocal chords for an hour while answering emails about his forthcoming European tour.

There’s a reason Bruce Springsteen performs a duet on Glitter in the Gutter. Jesse Malin kicks ass.

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Inara George Interview

Fri, 23 Jul 2010 05:27:00 +0000

Filmed at Inara's annual tribute concert in Topanga Canyon, Samantha gets to interview Becky Stark from Lavendar Diamond, Eleni Mandell, Tom Brosseau and Mike Andrews.

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Aimee Mann Interview Part3

Fri, 02 Jul 2010 15:45:00 +0000

Part 3 of Samantha's Interview with Aimee Mann. Recorded at Chautaqua Theater in Boulder, CO. 


Aimee Mann was an absolute pleasure to speak with. I won't lie, I had heard she could be difficult, but nothing could be further from the truth. She was warm and open and honest. I'm a huge fan of her music and am honored to have her as our first musical guest on The Highway Girl.

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Martha Wainwright Interview

Fri, 02 Jul 2010 15:45:00 +0000

Samantha sits down with Martha Wainwright. They chat about wanting a washer and dryer, touring and of course, music. 

Recorded at The Troubadour in Hollywood, CA. 

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Aimee Mann Interview Part2

Fri, 02 Jul 2010 15:44:00 +0000

Part 2 of Samantha's interview with Amiee Mann.


Aimee Mann was an absolute pleasure to speak with. I won't lie, I had heard she could be difficult, but nothing could be further from the truth. She was warm and open and honest. I'm a huge fan of her music and am honored to have her as our first musical guest on The Highway Girl.

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Martha Wainwright - Bleeding All Over You

Fri, 02 Jul 2010 15:41:00 +0000

Martha Wainwright performs her song Bleeding All Over You from her album I Know You're Married, But I've Got Feelings Too. Recorded at The Troubadour in Hollywood, CA. 

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Aimee Mann Interview Part 1

Fri, 02 Jul 2010 15:39:00 +0000

Part 1 of Samantha's interview of Aimee Mann at the Cahutauqua Ampitheater in Boulder, Colorado.


Aimee Mann was an absolute pleasure to speak with. I won't lie, I had heard she could be difficult, but nothing could be further from the truth. She was warm and open and honest. I'm a huge fan of her music and am honored to have her as our first musical guest on The Highway Girl.

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The Highway Girl : Rosi Golan - Seeing Ghosts

Sun, 30 May 2010 15:29:00 +0000

Rosi performs her song Seeing Ghosts. Recorded at the penthouse offices of PGI in the Frost Bank building in downtown Austin, TX during SXSW 2010. 

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Evan McHugh - From the Second Chair

Wed, 26 May 2010 19:27:00 +0000

Recorded at a house party in downtown Atlanta on New Year's Day, Evan McHugh performs the title track from his album From the Second Chair

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Rosi Golan Interview

Wed, 26 May 2010 19:10:00 +0000

Rosi Golan tells us about her first SXSW. Recorded in downtown Austin, TX at the penthouse offices of PGI in the Frost Bank. 

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Gregory Alan Isakov - San Francisco

Tue, 04 May 2010 01:25:00 +0000

Samantha met the extremely talented Gregory Alan Isakov while in Boulder, CO. Here, Gregaory plays his song San Francisco from his album That Sea the Gambler. 

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AJ Croce - Once Again

Tue, 02 Feb 2010 09:24:00 +0000

AJ Croce performing his song Once Again from the album Cantos. Recorded at Le Stat's in San Diego, CA. 

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Jeff Finlin Interview

Sat, 16 Jan 2010 00:13:00 +0000

Samantha sat down with former Warner Bros. recording artist Jeff Finlin to discuss the effects of the digital age on artists and creators. They also talk about Warner Bros. inisiting new artists sign 360 deals. 

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Carrie Rodriguez Interview

Fri, 15 Jan 2010 23:59:00 +0000

Samantha sits down with Carrie Rodriguez and they discover they are the same person. They also talk about how it feels to have Lucinda Williams praise your work as well as New York Citys affect on songwriting. 

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Molly Jenson Interview

Fri, 15 Jan 2010 23:50:00 +0000

Samantha sits down with Molly Jenson at Kulaks Woodshed in Los Angeles, CA. Molly shows us some of her artwork and Samantha plays a prank on Molly. 

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The Devoted Few Interview

Fri, 15 Jan 2010 23:37:00 +0000

Recorded at The Step Inn in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Excellent chat with two of the founding members about releasing a single in the digital age, recording in Nashville, TN and music in Australia. 

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Teitur Interview

Fri, 15 Jan 2010 23:25:00 +0000

Samantha sits down with Teitur to discuss touring in America versus touring in Europe, music in the digital age and having a band of six.

Recorded at The Soiled Dove Underground in Denver, CO.

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Rob Giles Interview

Fri, 15 Jan 2010 23:06:00 +0000

Samantha and Rob sit down at Kulaks Woodshed to talk about Dallas and Austin, TX; Molly Jenson and her rapier wit; and what it is record labels do now. 

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Kate Walsh Interview

Fri, 15 Jan 2010 23:02:00 +0000

Kate Walsh was playing a show at The Soiled Dove Underground in Denver, CO. We had the chance to chat with her after soundcheck. What a great conversation about having a manager that understands the digital age. 

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Billy Harvey Interview

Fri, 15 Jan 2010 22:52:00 +0000

Billy Harvey sits down with Samantha to talk about recording the intro to his website as well as his artistic influences. 

Recorded at Davey's Uptown Bar in Kansas City. 

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Cameron McGill and What Army Interview

Fri, 15 Jan 2010 22:49:00 +0000

Samantha caught up with Cameron McGill and What Army? at Albums on the Hill in Boulder, CO. They discuss touring in the digital age. 

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Cataldo - Tremble but not Talk MusicVideo

Fri, 15 Jan 2010 22:24:00 +0000

A music video for Cataldo's song Tremble but not Talk featuring Cataldo. 

Recorded in Los Angeles, CA. 

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Jesca Hoop - Murder of Birds

Fri, 15 Jan 2010 18:27:00 +0000

Jesca Hoop performs her song Murder of Birds for us. Recorded backstage at the Pasadena Make Music Festival. 

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Teitur - We Still Drink the Same Water

Fri, 15 Jan 2010 18:25:00 +0000

Teitur and his band perform the song We Still Drink the Same Water. 

Recorded at The Soiled Dove in Denver, CO. 

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Cameron McGill and What Army - Ghosts of New York

Fri, 15 Jan 2010 18:05:00 +0000

Cameron McGill and What Army? perform the song "Ghosts of New York" off the Two Hits and a Miss EP


Recorded at Albums on the Hill in Boulder, CO.

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Allee Willis Interview Part 1

Fri, 15 Jan 2010 18:03:00 +0000

Allee Willis is a Grammy-winning songwriter who wrote for Earth Wind and Fire, The Pet Shop Boys and the Oprah-produced show The Color Purple. In the 1990s Allee even had her own virtual world called Willisville who's CEO was Marc Cuban. This was before Second Life existed! What hasn't Allee done?

Recorded at Allee's legendary house. 

Part 1 of the Allee Willis interview. 

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Allee Willis Interview Part2

Fri, 15 Jan 2010 17:55:00 +0000

Part 2 of Samantha's interview with Allee Willis

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Buddy - Saltpoint

Fri, 15 Jan 2010 17:53:00 +0000

Buddy performs his song Saltpoint. Recorded somwhere in the Hollywood Hills in California. 

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Jeff Finlin - Is This Love

Fri, 15 Jan 2010 17:26:00 +0000

From the album Ballad of a Plain Man, Jeff performs his song Is This Love. 

Recorded in Boulder, CO. 

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Break and Repair Method - You Won't Be Able to be Sad

Fri, 15 Jan 2010 17:13:00 +0000

Matchbox 20s Paul Doucette has a new band called Break and Repair Method. Here is the music video for their single You Won't Be Able to be Sad. 

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Martha Live

Fri, 18 Dec 2009 13:38:00 +0000

Milquetoast & Co - THG

Thu, 08 Oct 2009 04:54:00 +0000

This Boston band is really so great. Their song Last Drag is so powerful and it just sticks in your head!

Milquetoast & Co's lead singer, James McAndrew, just has one of those incredible voices that makes this band unforgettable. Can't wait to see them live!

Buy Drinking and Smoking Too Much With Women I Hate by Milquetoast & Co.

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Emily Arin - The Highway Girl

Wed, 30 Sep 2009 04:36:00 +0000

The quirky Emily Arin came to me via Sonicbids and I was yet again surprised at the wealth of truly interesting talent out there.

Hailing from Ithaca, NY. Ms. Arin is receiving praise from many at the moment including influential WFUV mainstay and Idiot's Delight Host Vin Scelsa.

Emily's package arrived on my doorstep with a hand-written, vintage postcard. Need I say more? I LOVE When You Knew Me When.

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Adrian Xavier - The Highway Girl

Tue, 22 Sep 2009 00:15:00 +0000

Adrian Xavier's music lifts you up and makes you feel like you can achieve greatness.

Seattle born and based, you can catch Adrian at festival's like Bumbershoot and on hipster radio KEXP. You'd be wise to do so!

Adrian Xavier's album Miracle is just what you need to lift your spirits.

Buy Miracle.

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Adrienne Pierce - The Highway Girl

Tue, 15 Sep 2009 03:26:00 +0000

Adrienne Pierce is a songwriting force to be reckoned with.  You've heard her on Grey's Anatomy, The L Word and Army Wives among many other TV shows.

Jeff Trott (Sheryl Crow) Produced her latest offering Faultine and 8 time Grammy Award Winner Thom Russo Mixed it.  You're going to want to own it so go here to buy it through our Amazon store.

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Lori Diamond - The Highway Girl

Tue, 08 Sep 2009 21:12:00 +0000

The songs on Lori Diamond's second album Mystery make you contemplate life, love and finding gratitude for both.

I'll skip the usual comparisons and just say enjoy!

Buy Mystery!

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The Slow Push - The Highway Girl

Tue, 01 Sep 2009 06:29:00 +0000

In their own words The Slow Push "make the kind of music that only hipless, pasty Caucasians can pull off."

This stiff, pleasantly jaded band from Down Under has frozen my heart into tiny little pieces. I've fallen for their music pretty hard and I think you will too.

Buy We Blame the Overachievers... when you can, that is.

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Hayley Taylor - The Highway Girl

Tue, 25 Aug 2009 02:48:00 +0000

You've heard her music on Entertainment Tonight, Privileged and Lifetime.  Now Hayley Taylor is on The Highway Girl and I just know you're gonna love her. 

The minute you've finished listening to her the show, go and buy her album!  The girl just knows how to write a song end of story.

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Anomie Belle ~ The Highway Girl

Sat, 15 Aug 2009 20:39:00 +0000

Anomie Belle is composer, producer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Toby Campbell.

"She makes dark social issues eerily lovely", says Doug Haire of KEXP. Originally a classical violinist and songwriter, she released multiple solo records before creating her own beats.

Anomie Belle's Sleeping Patterns is the perfect record to pop in the car and just drive.

Buy it!

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Amy Petty ~ The Highway Girl

Tue, 04 Aug 2009 02:32:00 +0000

The Highway Girl is excited to be back!!  Amy Petty is our first chosen artist for the new The Highway Girl Podcast series.

Amy has such an incredibly rich voice that I have to think of great singers like Joan Osborne and Ann Wilson.  I literally never tire of listening to her sing.

Amy's debut CD is Mystery Keeps You, produced and engineered by Jacob Detering (Bonnie Raitt), and featuring performances by R. Scott Bryan (Sheryl Crow, Peter Mayer) and Eric Grossman (K’s Choice).  You'll be wanting to own it.

Buy Mystery Keeps You!

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Compilation II 2008

Mon, 22 Dec 2008 21:18:00 +0000

Aimee Mann
Martha Wainwright
Jesca Hoop
Juliana Hatfield
The Break & Repair Method
Rob Giles
Jeff Finlin
Kate Walsh

You'll hear one song from each artist in this compilation from The Highway Girl.

Our thanks to all the incredible artists who have appeared on the show this year and each of their managers/agents/publishers/labels.  We're truly thankful for them and for you, our wonderful listeners and viewers!

Happy Holidays from The Highway Girl Team!

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Kate Walsh - The Highway Girl

Sun, 21 Sep 2008 05:30:00 +0000

Kate Walsh was such a lovely person to sit down with.  Every bit as genuine as her music leads you to believe she would be.

My thanks to the Soiled Dove Underground in Denver for letting us record this there.  Sound man Chris did an awesome job of recording Kate's Sound check for us to use as her live performance.  They're a beautiful venue and listening room that I highly recommend if you're passing through Colorado.

Buy Tim's House from Kate Walsh!

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Jesca Hoop - The Highway Girl

Sun, 14 Sep 2008 21:18:00 +0000

Jesca Hoop's music is incredibly authentic and so is she as a person.  Although she is very quirky, I was surprised by some of her traditional values that came out when we talked.

I found her to be very much in control of her career and very aware of where she wants both her music and her career to go.

Don't miss Seed of Wonder at the beginning.  Stewart Copeland plays drums.  And don't miss Murderer of Birds at the end.

Buy Kismet!

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Allee Willis - The Highway Girl

Sun, 07 Sep 2008 02:30:00 +0000

Allee Willis is truly one of a kind.  Born in Detroit, it seems Allee, like me, should probably have been born black.  More soul than the people know what to do with.

The quality of sound on this podcast is terrible.  But, I beg of you to ignore that and listen to the quality of content in terms of what Allee has to say.  it's really challenging to go from an audio podcast to a video podast and keep the quality the same.  Trust me.  We're working on it!

You can help us bring the production up a notch by donating if you love the show!

And you MUST watch the Bubbles & Cheesecake video Allee wrote and produced at The Highway Girl.

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Martha Wainwright - The Highway Girl

Sun, 31 Aug 2008 03:55:00 +0000

Martha is without a doubt the coolest artist I've had the pleasure of working with. She is real and honest and so incredibly talented. She's got a powerhouse of a voice and she's not afraid to tell the truth.
If you haven't heard her new album, you must go out and buy "I Know You're Married, but I've Got Feelings Too." It's tremendous and so is she.

Big thanks to Jamie Jackson for making this interview happen.

Buy the album!

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Aimee Mann - The Highway Girl

Sat, 23 Aug 2008 21:16:00 +0000

It goes without saying that I'm a huge fan of Aimee Mann's. The fact that she's been able to remain true to herself and experience such success as an independent artist gives me hope that any of us can do it.

Aimee wrote the music for the incredible film Magnolia a few years back, for which she received a lot of attention and notoriety.

Make sure you buy her new album Smilers! It rocks.

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SMtv 96 Compilation 2008

Sun, 29 Jun 2008 08:56:00 +0000

Compilation 2008.  SMtv is becoming The Highway Girl!  We're so excited to be finally bringing you video on all of the artists we interview, as well as their live performances!  In just a few short weeks we'll be right back with so much more on all of the artists you love!

To wrap up SMtv, I'm featuring 7 amazing artists I've had the pleasure of sitting down with in the last few months.  Please support them and buy their records!

Gentleman Caller
Kristoffer Ragnstam
Gregory Alan Isakov
Jonathan Coulton
Virginia Coalition

Email me your requests and questions at!

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SMtv 95 Joie Calio

Sun, 22 Jun 2008 08:49:00 +0000

Joie Calio has had an incredible ride as one third of the band Dada.  Now he's got a new project called X Levitation Cult and I think you're really gonna dig these songs!

I had a blast sitting down with Joie in the Hollywood Hills this week.  Make sure you check out his tour dates and see him live.

Buy Happiness in Hell!

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SMtv 94 Gigi Sohn with the music of Gentleman Caller

Sun, 15 Jun 2008 06:08:00 +0000

Gentleman Caller are the most incredible band I've found since starting SMtv.  I discovered them when I was looking for a video director for my song Days Like This.  I ended up wirking with Ryan Newman, who had directed many videos for Gentleman Caller.  I immediately fell in love with their sound.  Kenny Childers has one of the most beautiful voices I've ever heard and one I could listen to for hours.  I've yet to have the pleasure of meeting the band, but cannot wait to have them on the show. 

This particular episode comes to you from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this year.   I sat down with Public Knowledge Founder Gigi Sohn and discussed all that's wrong with copyright.  Gigi's one of the sharpest minds out there if you ask me.  My thanks to Digital Freedom for organizing this.

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SMtv 93 Paleo

Sun, 08 Jun 2008 01:26:00 +0000

I first met Paleo when I was recording a show with These United States at IOTA in Virginia.  His music is intense and so is he.  Paleo is David Strackany and I thoroughly enjoyed sitting down with him at a noisy, outside patio.  Paleo is also the first artist who requested we record the live performance outside in the street while he leaned up against a stranger's van.  We'll have the video for you soon.

In all my years doing this show I've never met an artist who treats touring more like a business.  He books his own tours and makes a solid living as an artist.  Kudos to Paleo for his level of commitment to not only the craft, but the business of music.

My gratitude to Meadowlark in Denver who graciously opened their doors to let us record this show there.

Buy Death & Taxes by writing to David Strackany!

Photo by Cary Norton.

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SMtv 92 Cameron McGill & What Army

Sun, 01 Jun 2008 03:45:00 +0000

We featured Cameron McGill in the early days of SMtv.  I was so excited to find out he was coming through Boulder on a tour with Margot & the Nuclear So & So's. 

Andy at Albums on the Hill in Boulder graciously allowed us to gather in his amazing vinyl store to record this show.  Please support amazing independent music and music retailers like Andy.

Buy Warm Songs for Cold Shoulders!

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SMtv 91 Teitur

Sun, 25 May 2008 01:56:00 +0000

Teitur is a classic artist that I feel so grateful to feature on the show.  Perhaps my most enjoyable show ever recorded at the beautiful Soiled Dove in Denver. 

Apart from having a successful career of his own and working with artists like Rufus Wainwright, Aimee Mann and John Mayer, Teitur has penned songs with Corinne Bailey Rae.  Mayer says, "(Poetry and Airplanes) may be one of the best albums to come along in the last five years.  Music like this is jet fuel on the fire of a broken heart."  I couldn't have put it better myself.

Teitur's voice will melt you.

Snag yourself a copy of his latest, The Singer!

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SMtv 90 Eisley

Sun, 18 May 2008 02:01:00 +0000

Warner Bros Recording Artists Eisley were SO much fun to chat with!  We talked about everything from what it was like to open for Coldplay to how Staci felt when she interviewed Stevie Nicks.

This talented family are writing great songs and playing their own instruments.  I'm honored to have them on the show!

My thanks to the Fox Theatre in Boulder for letting us record this show in their green room.

Buy the Album!

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SMtv 89 Paul Anthony

Sun, 11 May 2008 05:52:00 +0000

This week it's my turn to interview Rumblefish Founder and CEO Paul Anthony.

We feature music from three Rumblefish artists:

Track 1 is Back Before We Were Bitter from the band Say Hi (Pictured).  The album is The Wishes & the Glitch

Track 2 is Only Beginnings by the band Oh Darling.  The EP is Nice Nice.

Track 3 is To Show You My Love by the incomparable Mike Schmid, whose album The High Cost of Living (A Love Story) has been featured on SMtv many times.

Check out Rumblefish's weekly podcast, the Zach & Whit Show!

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SMtv 88 Samantha Murphy

Sun, 04 May 2008 06:07:00 +0000

My good friend Paul Anthony interviewed me for this week's show.  Next week I get him back!

If you're interested in helping me make another album, listen in to this week's show to hear what my plans are.

Buy Somewhere Between Starving & Stardom!

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SMtv 87 Reverend Deadeye

Sun, 27 Apr 2008 01:39:00 +0000

Reverend Deadeye won't talk about whether or not a Rattlesnake really did bite him in the eye.  But one listen to his music and you know he's been through a lot in life.  His music's passionate, raw and very unique. 

The son of a reverend, he grew up playing music with his family on a reservation.  I had a great time hanging with this guy.  See him live while he's on tour now!

Explicit lyrics in this show.

Buy the Album!

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SMtv 86 Kristoffer Ragnstam

Sun, 20 Apr 2008 00:45:00 +0000

Sweden's Kristoffer Ragnstam writes such great songs and sings and performs them with equal intensity.  He's featured on the cover of this month's German Vanity Fair

Another great artist brought to my attention by the wonderful John Porter over at Bluhammock Records.  I had the great pleasure of meeting Kristoffer when he appeared on The Samantha Murphy Show from SXSW.  I decided to edit the interview into a podcast to make sure everyone got to hear his amazing music.  A real sweetheart of a guy, too!

Buy Sweet Bills and Other Side of the Room!

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SMtv 85 Parthenon Huxley

Sun, 13 Apr 2008 04:50:00 +0000

Parthenon Huxley's music takes me back to highschool when I spent my weekends listening to bands like The Cars and The Beatles. 

His songs are infectious and tell great stories that make me feel understood.

Buy Kiss the Monster!

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SMtv 84 Reed Foehl

Sun, 06 Apr 2008 06:12:00 +0000

Reed Foehl is just one of those artists like Tom Petty and Neil Young: he tells a story.  His music typifies America and takes you back in time.

Reed's music can be heard in films like Spark, as well as many TV shows and commercials.  Perfect music for a Sunday afternoon.

Buy Stoned Beautiful!

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SMtv 83 Virginia Coalition

Thu, 03 Apr 2008 04:19:00 +0000

Virginia Coalition's music will get in your head and stay there.  My friend John Porter sent me a copy of their "Sing Along" and it's been swimming through my thoughts ever since.

VaCo are on episode 7 of The Samantha Murphy Show along with their video director Tyler Shields and Rainn Wilson from The Office.

Love these guys!

Buy Home!

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SMtv 82 Gregory Alan Isakov

Thu, 03 Apr 2008 04:13:00 +0000

Gregory Alan Isakov is my favorite discovery since starting SMtv in early 2005.  One listen and you'll see why.

Gregory won the coveted Best Songwriter Award at the Telluride Festival in 2007.  His melodies will take you on the sweetest journey.

Buy That Sea, the Gambler!

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SMtv 81 Jonathan Coulton

Thu, 03 Apr 2008 04:01:00 +0000

Jonathan Coulton is without a doubt one of the smartest artists I've ever met.  He has single handedly launched his own career using the Internet and a cover of the song Baby Got Back.

I just love him! 

Buy Thing a Week!

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SMtv 80 2007 Annual Compilation

Sat, 22 Dec 2007 21:55:00 +0000

It's that time of year again, kids.  I'm thankful for you and an incredible lineup of artists who have honored me by being on the show.

In this show I feature:

Miniature Tigers
Matthew Ryan
Abra Moore
Rob Giles
Jesse Malin

Merry Christmas and an incredibly happy 2008 to you from SMtv and me!  See you in February.

Samantha  xo

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SMtv 79 Justin Jones

Sat, 15 Dec 2007 17:57:00 +0000

Justin Jones came to me via Laura Tsaggaris and I couldn't be happier.  His Love Versus Heroin album has captured me.

We sat down in Alexandria, VA to talk about drugs, music and his two hot aunts.

Buy the Album!

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SMtv 78 Stoll Vaughan

Sun, 09 Dec 2007 08:34:00 +0000

 A very interesting discussion with Stoll Vaughan on this week's show.  If you're interested in hearing two sides of the story regarding technology as it pertains to music, I recommend you hang around for all 61 minutes of this week's show.

Oh and Stoll's music pretty much kicks ass.

Buy the Album!

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SMtv 77 Natalie Prass

Sun, 02 Dec 2007 04:59:00 +0000

When David Wright of Speakerheart played me Natalie's music, I was immediately touched by her voice. Next I started to love her quirky, unusual writing style. She's a true artist.

This is only the second artist in three years that I've featured on SMtv who doesn't have an album out.  I'm pretty adamant about it.  I broke the rule only for Alex Davis and now for Natalie Prass, both of whom I feel won't let me down in the future.

All three songs were recorded by me live on the day of the interview.  Most were first takes.

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SMtv 76 Matthew Ryan

Sun, 25 Nov 2007 04:53:00 +0000

Matthew Ryan has been making great music for over a decade.  Most recently he had a song featured on the TV show House

His new album, Matthew Ryan vs the Silver State, won't be released until April Fools Day, 2008 (it ain't no joke!). 

I love his music and am so honored to have him on the show.

My thanks to Holland Nix for making this happen.

Buy the Album (4/1/08)!

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SMtv 75 Swati

Sun, 18 Nov 2007 02:41:00 +0000

 Swati, meaning "birth of a star" in Hindu, came to my attention by way of the amazing Abby White, Music Editor for Performing Songwriter Magazine.

Swati is real and refuses to be anything but herself.  She's a rare combination of fire and ice.

My thanks to John Porter and Mark McKenna for being so great in making this show happen.

Buy the Album!

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SMtv 74 Josh Doyle

Sat, 10 Nov 2007 22:36:00 +0000

Josh Doyle reminds me of Paul Weller mixed with Tom Waits.  He's passionate and is a force to be reckoned with when there's a guitar in his hands. 

His former band, The Dum Dums, opened for Bon Jovi at Wembley and had success in Europe.

My favorite way to hear Josh is solo.  Don't miss his live performance at the end of the show. 

My thanks to Speakerheart for making me aware of Josh.

Buy the Album!

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SMtv 73 Kaiser Cartel

Sun, 04 Nov 2007 02:35:00 +0000

Kaiser Cartel's music makes me feel like I'm running through a field of daisies.  It's stripped down and honest.  Courtney Kaiser and Benjamin Cartel make beautiful music in more ways than one.  Take a listen!

Buy the Album!

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SMtv 72 Abra Moore

Sun, 28 Oct 2007 04:22:00 +0000

Grammy nominated Abra Moore has a magical quality to her music and her life.  She's worked with Clive Davis and is a fantastic songwriter, in my opinion.


Buy the Album!

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SMtv 71 Tom Brosseau

Sun, 21 Oct 2007 03:59:00 +0000

Tom Brosseau is an artist like no other.  He's gentle, yet confident.  His stories weave tails of growing up in rural North Dakota and hearken back to a simpler time melodically.

This show is dedicated to our great friend Mike Gowder who supports independent music unceasingly.

Buy the Album!

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SMtv 70 The Good Listeners

Sat, 08 Sep 2007 23:38:00 +0000

The Good Listeners music makes you feel like you're watching a film.  Their song King Friday is made even more stunning by watching the accompanying clip from the film Soy Cuba.  Take a look.

Those of you in the LA area can meet me at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) on Wed, Sept 19 for Young Director's Night, where The Good Listeners will be performing.

September, 19 2007 at LACMA
5905 Wilshire Boulevard, los Angeles, California 90036

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SMtv 69 Danny Socolof w/the music of Chicken Legs Weaver

Sun, 02 Sep 2007 19:10:00 +0000

Danny Socolof is a music industry mogul, but you'd never know it.  He's worked with Led Zeppelin and The Who, not to mention representing Pepsi's music initiatives for 16 years. 

We sat down for a long chat and I asked him to choose a band for the show.  I'm very grateful he introduced me to the music of Chicken Legs Weaver, a great band out of Sheffield, UK.

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SMtv 68 Carrie Rodriguez

Sun, 26 Aug 2007 00:55:00 +0000

Carrie Rodriguez hails from Austin, Texas but makes her home in Brooklyn, NY now.  This might give you some idea of how eclectic her music is.   You'll hear elements of Lucinda Williams, with whom Carrie's been touring with this summer, but she also incorporates elements of jazz and rock in her sound.  The fabulous Bill Frisell plays on the album.

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SMtv 67 Buddy

Sun, 19 Aug 2007 04:41:00 +0000

Buddy is one of my new favorites.  His lyrics are wonderful and his melodies quietly attach themselves to your heart.  If you like the Postal Service and Deathcab for Cutie, you're going to fall for Buddy, as I have.

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SMtv 66 Justin Lyons

Mon, 13 Aug 2007 01:07:00 +0000

Justin Lyons is the nicest guy.  I had the best time hanging out with him when we recorded this show.  You've heard California Groove on the popular Lifetime show Army Wives and his album Water My Whiskers will be available late Sept on iTunes.

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SMtv 65 Izzy Cox

Sun, 05 Aug 2007 19:30:00 +0000

Montreal's Izzy Cox is all at once open, distant, warm and cold.  Her music tells the story of her life.  A life that includes prisons, drugs, asylums, heartbreak, love and a lot of leaving.

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SMtv 64 Miniature Tigers

Sun, 29 Jul 2007 07:47:00 +0000

Miniature Tigers are the best unsigned band I've ever heard.  Truthfully!  22 year old Charlie Brand wrote all the songs and played all the instruments on this stunning debut.  I'm speechless and SO thankful to 8mm for telling me about these guys.

You can't buy the album yet, so check back with me.

If you're in LA, I'll see you this Monday Night at Silverlake Lounge for their set.

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SMtv 63 Rob Giles

Sun, 22 Jul 2007 08:52:00 +0000

Apart from being incredibly talented, Rob Giles is just a sweetheart.  His music has such depth and his voice...oh that voice. 

Just listen.  Listen.

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SMtv 62 mere mortals

Sun, 15 Jul 2007 05:13:00 +0000

mere mortals kicked my ass when I saw them live in LA a few years back.  I love their new ep and I had a blast sitting on the floor of lead singer Axel's apartment in Hollywood.

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SMtv 61 Eleni Mandell

Sun, 08 Jul 2007 08:32:00 +0000

Eleni Mandell's music takes me back to another time.  Her latest effort, Miracle of Five, has elements of big band, jazz and even swing, but her songs are modern and demand you listen to the lyrics.

Wilco's Nels Cline can be heard throughout this album on a variety of instruments. 

A beautiful journey from start to finish.

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SMtv 60 Jesse Malin (w/Bruce Springsteen)

Mon, 02 Jul 2007 02:40:00 +0000

Jesse Malin is one of the coolest artists I've met.  Apart from being an amazing guy, he knows how to please a crowd.  He even came to my gig at the Living Room, jet-lagged I might add, and got up and played a song.

I hope you enjoy Jesse's duet with Bruce Springsteen and I thank him from the bottom of my heart for being on the show.

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SMtv Presents!

Fri, 30 Mar 2007 19:55:00 +0000

This Wednesday, April 4, Jeff Finlin, Paul Chesne and Dave Phenicie's new band Stonehoney LIVE at

The Mint

6010 W Pico Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA  90035

Don't miss this amazing night of music!

In this podcast I feature a song from each artist.

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SMtv 58 Derren Raser

Mon, 29 Jan 2007 05:56:00 +0000

Derren Raser performs perhaps the best live performance here since SMtv's inception.  If you're a fan of John Mayer and Michael Buble, you'll love San Diego's Derren Raser.  His latest effort, The King of I'll Tell You Next Week, is produced by SMtv's artist #22 Greg Laswell, now signed to Van Guard Records.


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SMtv 57 Lonesome Spurs

Mon, 22 Jan 2007 05:31:00 +0000

Lonesome Spurs are Lynda Kay and Danny B Harvey.  Their music makes me wanna hit the road, roll down the windows and have no destination in mind.

Join me?

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SMtv 56 Cataldo

Mon, 15 Jan 2007 02:14:00 +0000

I just love Eric Anderson, aka Cataldo.  He crafts really cool pop songs with incredibly unique stories.  I had a great time chatting with him last summer as he toured through California.

My thanks to Speechwriters LLC for hooking a sister way up.

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SMtv 55 AJ Croce

Mon, 08 Jan 2007 18:16:00 +0000

AJ Croce had no choice.  Music runs through him like the blood in his veins.  As the son of Jim Croce, AJ has been through many trials and tribulations and has come out the other side a better musician.

My thanks to LeStat's in San Diego for letting us record this show there and Louis Brazier, you are amazing.

Huge gratitude to Mick Wainman for organizing this show for me.

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SMtv 54 Merry Christmas!

Fri, 22 Dec 2006 20:47:00 +0000

Happy Holidays from SMtv! 

Enjoy a beautiful song from Mike Schmid and purchase his Snow Day CD!

Tune into my next show January 7, 2007.  I'm featuring a brilliant artist, as well as playing his duet with Bruce Springsteen!

Be happy and well!

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