Bio/Press

Dale Murray has proven himself to be one of the most talented and adaptable musicians in the Canadian music scene.

After releasing his debut album Brighter Lives, Darker Side and spending seven years backing some of Canada’s greatest talents (Hayden, Joel Plaskett, Buck 65, Christina Martin, Matt Mays, Blue Rodeo) in the studio and on the road, Murray released his sophomore studio album Dream Mountain Dream. This pop work of art is sure to endure with fans of Emitt Rhodes, George Harrison and Brian Wilson. The album reflects Murray’s recent turn to developing his own musical talents as an acclaimed Singer, Songwriter, Producer, Audio Engineer and top-tier session musician in every genre. Dale Murray is one of those rare producers who’s developed his own signature ‘sound’ and Dream Mountain Dream defines that sound with grace and soul.  Been dreaming of sparkling guitars, thoughtful lyrics and majestic melodies? Dream no more!

HISTORY

Murray’s first musical outing came in the late 90s with the celebrated alt-country group, The Guthries. Through the subsequent release of their two albums, Off Windmill (2000) and The Guthries (2002), the band earned an international fan base. They toured across Canada and throughout the UK several times and earned praise from outlets such as the BBC, Uncut Magazine, and Mojo Magazine. In 2003, The Guthries disbanded to pursue other musical projects.

In 2005, Murray released his debut solo album, Brighter Lives, Darker Side. Combining the influence of artists such as George Harrison and Townes Van Zandt, Exclaim claimed, “Brighter Lives scores all tens.” Murray quickly followed the release of the album and subsequent tour with an appearance in the award winning country music mocumentary, The Life and Times of Guy Terrifico. He also performed on the accompanying soundtrack to the film. Later in the year, Murray was added to the line-up of critically acclaimed rock band Cuff the Duke. Joining them shortly after the release of their self-titled album, he soon became an important part of their creative process. With Murray covering guitars, pedal steel, and backing vocals, Cuff the Duke has since recorded two critically revered albums, Sidelines of the City (2007), and Juno Nominated Way Down Here (2009) and Juno Nominated release Morning Comes (2011).

In August 2011 Murray left Cuff The Duke to focus on producing and recording projects at his studio in rural Nova Scotia. He continues to play a major role in developing the studio and live sound of his wife Christina Martin.

In recent years Murray has recorded, engineered and mixed award-winning albums for Christina Martin (Impossible To Hold – 2018, It’ll Be Alright-2015, Sleeping With A Stranger-2012), Jessica Rhaye (Song In Me – 2016), Jason Haywood (Folklore – 2017), Kim Harris (Only The Mighty 2014), and Gordie Mackeeman and his Rhythm Boys (Lagh, Dance, and Sing 2014). He was named 2009 Producer of the Year and Musician of the Year at the 2009 Music Nova Scotia Awards. Most recently he won the 2012 Music Nova Scotia Award for Country/Bluegrass Recording of the Year for his album Dream Mountain Dream, and the 2012 East Coast Music Award for Audio Professional of the Year. He tours extensively as Christina Martin’s lead guitar player throughout North America and Europe, and was recently nominated for 2018 ECMA Producer of the Year.

PRESS/REVIEWS:

The Chronicle Herald by Stephen Cooke- Full Article

Atlantic Airwaves Interview- Listen Here

East Coast Music Blog~ Bob Mersereau “Called Dream Mountain Dream, the album is, hands down, one of the very best east coast works I’ve ever heard, perhaps my favorite new album of the year, and exactly the kind of sound I love.” Full Review

Grayowl Point  “This ten track musical journey can only be described as damn pleasant.”  Full Review

Exclaim “Dream Mountain Dream is an impressive outing, showcasing Murray’s strengths as a writer, as well as the guitar skills for which he has long been recognized.” Full Review