James Murray, The Bard of Port Jeff, Drops Fantasy Themed Concept Album, ‘Drakus’


New Progressive Rock Album Out Now


December 19, 2018 – Guitarist/Trumpeter James Murray has been recording and performing music with various bands since the ’90s. He took the stage at numerous venues throughout the east coast including The Bitter End and the infamous CBGB’s in New York City. Now he’s venturing out on his own with Drakus, a Spanish guitar-driven Progressive Rock opera that will take listeners on quite the journey as their escapade is led by songs that spin a story driven medieval fantasy.

Designed with a four-sided LP in mind, Drakus was inspired by concept albums like Genesis’s rock opera The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway and Pink Floyd’s epic The Wall . Story driven from the start, James Murray delivers on multiple levels. For rock fans, all the expected elements are there as he pulled from the folk and psychedelic era of the ’60s and ’70s but also managed to sew in Jazz, Bluegrass, Classical, Latin and Celtic influences that come from his mixed Honduran and Irish American roots.

James Murray has appeared on other album and EP releases in the past. Most notably as a member of Diamond Jig in 2015, and as a guest musician with Blind Archer in 2013. When he went into creating Drakus he said he had this in mind, “I was hoping to satisfy people who often say things like ‘they don’t make albums like these anymore’ when listening to those old masterpieces of the 60s and 70s.”

James Murray will be releasing Drakus on vinyl and CD and he also plans on filming a music video for “Prove” in the near future. Those interested in reviewing or featuring Drakus on their site, featuring “Prove” on their playlists, or interviewing James can reach out via the information provided below.


James Murray is a seasoned musician who has spent the past two decades in various east coast bands. Now he is ready for the world to meet him as a solo artist with his debut, Drakus . A progressive rock album that plays into his Spanish/Celtic roots while delivering folk and psychedelic elements from the ’60s and ’70s.

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