For Cedar, 2008
Eleanor Murray’s debut album, For Cedar, came out in 2008 on Anonymous Monk Records. While her live shows up until then had largely been just her and an acoustic guitar, the majority of the album is filled out by violin, bass, and drums. The album’s ten songs have firm roots in American folk and country traditions – with weighty folk ballads like “Electric Sky” and “Midwest Winter,” the troubadour themes in “Joseph’s Song,” and the bluegrass swing of “River.” The album has some brief forays into other influences, with the slow build and heavy D-tuned climax of “Healing” and the mournful waltz of “The Last Meal” both showing other sides of Eleanor Murray. The band for For Cedar includes Pamela Margon on violin, Ben Kamen on bass, guitar, harp and celeste, and Austin Cooper on drums. For Cedar was recorded by Ben Kamen at a home studio in Olympia, WA.
“For Cedar, the beautiful sparse debut from Eleanor Murray, is another shining example of the music that seems to settle in the NW. Gentle strums and fret board squeaks provide the most fragile support for her to stand on, and her voice shakes and wavers accordingly...” -Herohill
For Cedar is available on CD and as a digital download.