Early in Trevor Murray's www.trevor-murray.com music career, he gave us a CD with four songs he had written and performed with the Murray Band. Mike and I played the CD while driving home from a vacation in the interior. I had heard Trevor sing before, (as he often impromptu just picks up the guitar and sings at gatherings of friends) but listening to the lyrics of Speed up to Slow Down and Fireball Whisky made me realize that in addition to smooth country drall, he was also an amazing songwriter.
Trevor has recently travelled to Nashville to create his new album called "Leave it up to Me" and I was anxious to hear his new songs at the East Stage at the Spirit of the Sea Festival in White Rock. Although Trevor currently lives in the Brookswood area of Langley in his heart he thinks of White Rock as home. Many of us feel that same sentiment he feels for the home of our early years.
Trevor's White Rock east beach performance began with "Fireball Whiskey" which is likely his most well known song. We saw him perform that same song at a bar in Langley one night and the crowd went crazy. It is amazingly upbeat song and some of the little kids in the Festival of the Sea crowd immediately sprung up from their beach blankets and started dancing to the irresistable rythym.
Trevor took a moment between songs to talk to the crowd. He said he's a White Rock boy at heart and spoke about the carefree good years growing up in his White Rock home and going to Ray Shepherd Elementary School. He had moved to Langley and life had taken a few difficult turns. As an outlet, Trevor did what Trevors does best, he wrote a song called "Fightin' the Urge". It's a great song and I heard it for the first time sitting on the grass of White Rock beach with Trevor signing live and the beautiful bay as the background.
I'm a huge Bob Seger fan and was surprised with Trev's next song was "Turn the Page". I love that song and actually found a version of Trevor singing it on line from three years ago http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pnonIfWHJQ. He did an amazing job -- love that song. I couldn't get a good angle of the photo from in front of the bandstand so went up to the railways tracks for a higher angle. While I'm looking both ways hoping not to get wiped out by a train, Trevor starting singing "Riding the Rails". It was too busy for him to see, but I half thought he was making fun of me.
Trevor wrapped up with a couple of original tracks including a great new song titled "Louise". It was an awesome live performance. I thought it couldn't have been a better day but at the end of the performance Trevor came over and gave me a copy of his new album. Mike and I sat out on our deck in Panorama Ridge later that evening and really enjoyed listening to the whole album. We had unexpected guests from Armstrong, BC and they loved the music too. I recommended the album to them and found it on iTunes http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/leave-it-up-to-me/id516467798