Magazine article International Musician

Inspired by Nashville

Magazine article International Musician

Inspired by Nashville

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It's been said that a change of scenery can lead to inspiration. That was the case for blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist Murali Coryell of Local 802 (New York City), who wrote and recorded his latest alburn, Sugar Lips, in Nashville, Tennessee. "I was taking a chance coming out to this place because I didn't really know anybody here," says Coryell.

Recording in Nashville marked just one of many firsts for Coryell, who enlisted the help of prominent producer, songwriter, and drummer Tom Hambridge of Local 257 (Nashville, TN) for the album. "It was the first time I'd ever hired a producer," says Hambridge. "It was the first time I had ever co-wrote with anyone. That's a big thing for someone like me who has been an independent, self-produced artist. But it turned out to be a great move."

For the album, Coryell used AFM musicians, which he credits with helping the recording process go smoothly. "Being a member of the union and using union guys just made everything very efficient," he says.

Much of Sugar Lips was inspired by Coryell's mother, who passed away last year. Coryell wrote the album's centerpiece, "Mother's Day," as a musical tribute to his late mother and he had his father, renowned jazz guitarist Larry Coryell, contribute to the track. "It was the most important song I've ever written," says Murali Coryell.

With two young children of his own, Coryell stresses the importance of his family, both in his music and in his day-to-day life. Being a musician often forces him to be on the road, but he still considers himself a committed family man. "It's always been my goal to have a music career and a happy family life," says Coryell. "Today I can honesdy say that's the case, and I'm very grateful for that."

As a child, family life for Coryell meant being constantly surrounded by legendary musicians who were collaborators and friends of his father. …

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