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The Strange World Of Alex McMurray

Dino Perrucci
Alex McMurray at the Bitter End in NYC, 2011.

As noggins in New Orleans go, there is no noggin like that of singer-songwriter Alex McMurray. He's got more original characters in his head than a Hollywood film library. Why else would McMurray write a song about the man who shot the man who shot Liberty Valance? (Spoiler Alert: John Wayne is in the crosshairs).

McMurray also writes about mad men and aging courtesans and even real-life singer Ernie K-Doe, who was perhaps the most original character of all. In addition to his regular catalog of songs, McMurray returned from a work stint in Japan with a pocketful of original sea shanties that he sometimes performs in New Orleans.

Yes, the lyrics are filthy. Yes, the songs are fun. And yes, he sings one for Music Inside Out. (Another Spoiler Alert: he does a PG-13 version). He's a salty one. But McMurray also can be sweet .

Music Playlist

Classified  — Spotify| MOG
James Booker

As Long As You Let Me  
Alex McMurray

It's Not The Years, It's The Miles  — Spotify | MOG
Alex McMurray

The Man Who Shot The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance  
Alex McMurray

(The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance  — Spotify | MOG
Gene Pitney

Me And My Bad Luck  — Spotify 
Alex McMurray

The Get Go  — Spotify 
Alex McMurray

It's Not The Years, It's The Miles  — Spotify | MOG
Alex McMurray

It's Not The Years, It's The Miles  — Spotify | MOG
Debbie Davis

All For Me Grog  
Alex McMurray

Upon the Soggy Bottom  — Spotify | MOG
Alex McMurray

The Ballad of Cap'n Sandy (explicit) — Spotify | MOG
Alex McMurray

Otis Goes Postal  — Spotify | MOG
Royal Fingerbowl

Otis At The Wheel  
Alex McMurray

Peter Gunn  — Spotify | MOG
Marcelo Torres Jazz Band

You've Got To Be Crazy to Live in This Town  — Spotify | MOG
Alex McMurray

Bluesiana Mama  — Spotify | MOG
Marva Wright

Rock and Roll  — Spotify 
Led Zeppelin

What Is And What Never Should Be  
Alex McMurray

Classified  — Spotify | MOG
James Booker

An Unseasonable Lagniappe

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Gwen Thompkins is a New Orleans native, NPR veteran and host of WWNO's Music Inside Out, where she brings to bear the knowledge and experience she amassed as senior editor of Weekend Edition, an East Africa correspondent, the holder of Nieman and Watson Fellowships, and as a longtime student of music from around the world.