More then thirty-five years have passed since the release of Elliott Murphy’s ground-breaking first album Aquashow in 1973 (recently declared an Album Classic by the UK’s prestigious Uncut magazine) and since that time Elliott Murphy, singer-songwriter, rock troubadour, indefatigable road warrior (over 100 shows a year!) and prolific author of fiction has once again proven his dedication to his music and his commitment to his growing legion of fans with the release of Notes From the Underground (2008), featuring eleven new Elliott Murphy songs (five of which are co-written with long-time guitarist Olivier Durand. The album is already being hailed as his best in a decade (All Music Guide).
Aside from Elliott’s French guitarist extraordinaire Olivier Durand, Notes From the Underground features keyboardist Kenny Margolis (Willie Deville, Cracker) and Murphy’s touring band of drummer Alan Fatras and bassist Laurent Pardo as well as Elliott’s son, Gaspard, on guitar on featured track “Frankenstein’s Daughter.”
Born to a show business family in New York, Elliott began his career by winning the New York State Battle of the Bands in 1966 followed by a troubadour like odyssey in Europe where he played on the streets in Amsterdam, Paris and Rome including a bit part in Federico Fellini’s film Roma. Returning to the U.S. he quickly secured a recording contract and following the critical success of Aquashow came in quick succession - Lost Generation (produced by Doors producer Paul Rothschild), Night Lights (featuring Billy Joel), Just A Story From America (featuring Phil Collins and Mick Taylor) and many others albums. Highlights from recent albums include an extraordinary duet with Bruce Springsteen (“Selling The Gold”) who often invites Elliott on stage with him during his European tours.
Murphy is also a published author of various collections of short stories, the most recently being Cafe Notes (Hachette) and two novels, Cold and Electric, the neo-western Poetic Justice (Hachette), and Tramps.
Elliott lives in Paris, France.