Carey Murdock’s musical career has taken him on a journey from North Augusta to living in Nashville, Tenn., and recently touring in Europe.
The 24-year-old started playing guitar at 15 and said music influenced his life. He’s been playing professionally for about three years.
Murdock was in North Augusta for a concert Sunday night at Lookaway Inn before heading back to Nashville. On Tuesday, he had his debut performance at The Bluebird Cafe, which he said is known for its songwriters.
“I have just been writing a lot of songs and touring,” he said of the time since he moved to Nashville on Aug. 1, 2011.
This year he has toured the East Coast, spending only about a month in Nashville, and released Live in North Augusta, which was recorded at Maude Edenfield Park in North Augusta during the summer Music in the Park series. After being invited to perform at a songwriter festival in Sweden, he decided to book other venues while traveling to Europe for the first time. He played 19 shows in six countries.
“I played the songwriter festival, a bunch of bars and a lot of house concerts,” he said.
Murdock said that on July 20 he played for about 200 people in Austria on a farm in the middle of nowhere and that 10 people went to the concert by parachute.
“An Austrian Lynyrd Skynyrd band opened up for me,” he said. “It wasn’t what I was expecting Austria to be. There was a big pig roast barbecue, and it was like a big party I played and it was a lot of fun.”
One of the biggest surprises about performing in Europe was finding that some people already knew his tunes.
“It is interesting to have people show up who already know the music,” he said. Murdock said that while he was in London a girl told him she had seen a poster advertising his concert and gone online and bought his CD before the show.
Murdock said that was different, because in the U.S. people tend to keep walking if they see a poster for a band that they don’t know.
“Music is considered closer to art there,” he said, adding that he sold more CDs per show than he has in the U.S.
Murdock plans to return to Europe in February for a songwriter festival and tour again for two months.
“The response was really great and a lot of the bars I played at really want me to come back and book me on a Friday, instead of Tuesday,” he said.
Murdock’s band is starting a campaign Friday to raise money for an album they will record in September in Atlanta with music producer Rick Beato, who has worked with bands such as Crowfield. He said fans can contribute money toward the recording session and in return will receive items such as a copy of a signed CD, a poster or a free house concert.
“Rick Beato has worked with a lot of famous bands,” Murdock said. “That’s an exciting big step for me and the band.”
Murdock has learned a lot about the music world because he’s his own manager.
“Every day is a learning curve,” he said.
Murdock said each show he does has its own special memories.
“A lot of little cool moments happen at every show and they all add up to be something really cool,” he said.
He said his goal in the long run isn’t to sell out Madison Square Garden but to keep making music that people enjoy. The reward comes from playing songs that make a couple dance or brighten someone’s day.
To hear Murdock’s music, or contribute to September’s album recording, visit www.careymurdock.com.