It’s been 44 years since the American singer/songwriter ELLIOTT MURPHY first made his mark on the rock music scene with his debut album Aquashow. The opener of this album that has since gained cult status was entitled ‚Last Of The Rock Stars‘ – in some ways that’s a clairvoyant motto for a remarkable career that’s not near its end. The 67-year-old artist who has been living in France for many years still has a few surprises up his sleeve. He never quite became a commercial rock star with #1 hits but Elliott Murphy is still a vital, seeking, creative force and someone who has never let himself be bent or pushed around, even though he might have stood in his own way once or twice. But that didn’t stop him from releasing album after album with admirable regularity and quality. Prodigal Son is his brand new album on Blue Rose Records. It’s not an anniversary record, simply another excellent album by Elliott Murphy who – in his own way – may be a true rock star and certainly is a unique artist.
Prodigal Son is his 35th album, more than a third of his oeuvre was released on Blue Rose. And almost all of these albums were developed in collaboration with French guitarist Olivier Durand. He has long been one of Europe’s finest, most original stringbenders with his fluid solos and excellent slide playing on acoustic & electric guitar and his mandolin picking. Together with Alan Fatras (drums) he forms Elliott’s backing band, The Normandy All-Stars. They have been accompanying Murphy on Coming Home Again (2006), Notes From The Underground (08), Alive In Paris (09), Elliott Murphy (10) and Aquashow Deconstructed and are doing so on Prodigcal Son, added by Gaspard Murphy, Elliott’s son, who replaced the longtime partner on bass, Laurent Pardo, who passed away in 2016. Murphy himself usually plays acoustic or electric guitar but also contributes banjo, piano and harmonica.