first_imgI first met Stephen Murray six or seven years ago when he and his band, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, rolled into Bristol, Tenn., for a performance.  Murray and friends were blending Dixieland jazz with Beatles-era psychedelic rock and putting on one of the most energetic live shows I had seen in a long, long while.Along with being banjo player, guitar picker, and singer for Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Murray can now add solo artist to his resume.  Last month he released The Backlot Sessions, his first solo effort.  A collection of nine tunes he recorded with an ensemble called The Backlot Collective, The Backlot Sessions is an absolutely dandy of a record.  Just check out “Sweet Stephanie,” which is featured on this month’s Trail Mix.Trail Mix recently caught up with Stephen Murray to chat about guitars, the North Country, and songwriting.Blue Ride Outdoors  – You are no stranger to recording, but this is your first record without your mates in Holy Ghost Tent Revival.  How was this experience different from recording with the band?Stephen Murray – I had nine songs in mind and I wanted to release them as soon as possible.  With the band, we let songs build up over time and cultivate them and take turns arranging and writing parts.  We can let a song sit for months before we think it’s ready for the studio.  This project was all of the same, just warped into a two month period.  The group I worked with, called The Backlot Collective, followed the structure of the tunes but changed them into what they are now simply by bringing their ideas to the table.  We never really discussed who should play what or if a part wasn’t right.  We just let the process unfold organically.BRO – We are featuring “Sweet Stephanie” on this month’s Trail Mix.  What’s the story behind the song?SM – It’s a song I wrote years ago about my wife.  Originally, it was a ragtime tune with a two-beat feel.  My wife called me one day and said, “I keep hearing this song as a rock & roll number with big horns and heavy drums.”  Since I already had a ragtime tune, “Cabin, Captain, Cabin,” worked out for the record, I thought this was a good move.  Lyrically, it’s a simple song.  There’s a line that starts, “Oh, the coast of Carolina,” which was originally about time I spent with my wife at her family’s beach house, which ended up being where we got married.BRO – What’s the most listened to track on your iPod right now?SM – I don’t have an iPod, and I just now got a working phone, but I’ve got Willie Nelson’s Redheaded Stranger on my turntable right now.BRO – You originally hail from Canada.  Favorite band from your homeland?SM – The Band.  Even though they are thought of as an American rock band, there were four members from up north.  They’re my favorite.BRO – Tell me about your favorite guitar.SM – It’s a 1976 Rickenbacker 360.  It’s the guitar I normally play with Holy Ghost Tent Revival and mainly what I am playing on this record.  Mmmmmmm . . . . . it’s beautiful.BRO – If you weren’t making music, what would you be doing?SM – I really don’t know.  I think about that a lot, but I can’t imagine myself doing anything else.  Sometimes I daydream about having a farmhouse with a studio, but that’s still making music.  I used to be an actor, so maybe I’d try to get back into that.BRO – Best place to grab a beer in Greensboro?SM – My house.  We’ll have you over and play cards.Stephen, you might want to be careful with those invites.  I just might show up.  In the meantime, I am going to keep spinning The Backlot Sessions, and I highly recommend that all of you out there grab your own copy.You can download the record right now at or send in an order for a copy of the disc at  Also, keep your eyes peeled for when Stephen drops by your town for a solo show or a gig with Holy Ghost Tent Revival.  You’ll want to be there.last_img read more

first_imgFrederick, Md. — An NBC affiliate in Maryland is reporting a prominent doctor, his daughter and a family friend have been identified as victims of the Saturday air crash near Hamburg. Dr. Louis Cantilena, Amy Cantelina, Paul Schuda and two dogs were on board the single engine Cessna when it went down in the 5000 block of Hamburg Road around 9 p.m.Cantelina was making a one day trip from Frederick, Maryland to Kansas City, Missouri and back to pick his daughter up from medical school. He was a professor at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda.last_img

first_imgThe Lakers are shutting down two of their young stars for the remainder of the regular season as playoff hopes have faded and troubling medical realities have come to light.The Lakers learned Friday that Brandon Ingram, has a blood clot in his arm that will keep him out for the remainder of the season, the team announced Saturday morning. Multiple media reports have also suggested Lonzo Ball, who has been out since Jan. 19 with a Grade 3 ankle sprain, will not play for the rest of the season after it was determined he was not close to returning to the court.Of the two health updates, Ingram’s was more grimly received. The second overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft had missed the past two games due to a sore right shoulder, underwent further testing by the team’s medical staff Friday, which revealed a Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT) in his right arm – a potentially serious medical condition if left untreated.The Lakers first reported that Ingram was feeling soreness Monday after morning shootatound. The issue caused the medical staff to hold him out against the Clippers and the Denver Nuggets this week. Coach Luke Walton told reporters Wednesday that Ingram was feeling pain when he lifted his right arm above his head. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersWalton declined to answer several questions about Ingram’s condition, including how he was taking the news.“I’m not getting into any of that about Brandon right now,” he said prior to the Lakers’ Saturday game against the Boston Celtics. “I’m just finding out a lot of it myself. All I’m going to say on him right now is that he’s out for the rest of the season.”The setback comes just as Ingram was hitting a career-best stride on the court, averaging 18.3 ppg, 5.1 rpg and 3 apg in his third professional season. While the Lakers have struggled for much of the past two months, Ingram rose above the difficult circumstances, averaging 24 points on 53.4 percent shooting and emerging as a legitimate complementary piece to LeBron James.The Lakers have not yet determined what treatment Ingram will undergo for his condition, and are still in the information-gathering stage. DVT is commonly treated with blood thinners, which would require a player to sit out.The decision to keep Ball out is one that the Lakers have been shifting toward lately: On Friday, Walton cast doubt that Ball might make a return for any of the 16 remaining games. While Walton didn’t officially confirm Ball would not play for the rest of the year, he suggested again Saturday that the second overall pick in the 2017 Draft wasn’t close to suiting up again. “From what I can tell — from my eye test, not being a doctor — he’s not doing basketball stuff yet,” he said. “So we’ll see.”“In their official stance, the Lakers said Ball’s ankle would be re-evaluated in two weeks and had been cleared for non-contact basketball activities. But Walton had suggested in the days leading up to the reports that the Lakers could reach a point that it would be more valuable to sit Ball to keep him healthy for the off-season.”Ball similarly was going through a strong stretch when he was injured, helping the Lakers, seemingly preparing to help the team turn a corner after a multitude of struggles without James, who was missing with a groin injury. Ball ended up with 9.9 ppg, 5.4 apg and 5.3 rpg in 47 games in his sophomore effort. He consistently drew praise as one of the Lakers’ best on-ball defenders: The Lakers’ defensive rating rose from 105.3 points per 100 possessions when he was on the court to 110 when he was off.The Lakers have been roiled by medical setbacks throughout the season, missing James, Ingram, Ball, Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGee and Tyson Chandler for long stretches. Kyle Kuzma also missed Saturday’s start, his second straight game since rolling his right ankle on Monday.Six-and-a-half games out in the playoff standings as of Saturday morning, the Lakers have embraced a policy of safeguarding their stars from overuse and injury with the postseason now out of reach. The team recently acknowledged it is monitoring James’ minutes and possibly could sit him out for the second game of back-to-backs.It’s not the first time this year Ingram has been sidelined – he missed four games at the beginning of the year for his role in a brawl with the Houston Rockets in the Lakers’ home opener. He later missed seven games with a sprained ankle in December.Ball’s injury was his first this year, but it’s the second season that Ball has finished with less than 55 games played.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more