Some of Mindy Murray’s earliest memories are of being crammed in the back of a Corvair with three brothers all singing Woody Guthrie songs driving back from family camping trips. At home, her Mom played an old spinet piano in the living room, and her Dad built dulcimers in the basement of their Bucks County home.
After teaching herself some chords on a Silvertone she picked up at a flea market, Mindy started playing solo in high school–original songs and standard folk covers. College found her in a band called Heartwood playing all the 70s folk scene venues–coffee houses, bars, college radio stations.
Two bluegrass-playing doctors interviewed Mindy for medical school in West Virginia, where she spent the next four years cocooned in Appalachia in a blur of music and medicine. Next came three babies to raise and a practice to run, but the music was always playing in the background.
For their 25th anniversary, her husband gave her a Martin and some recording software. Daughter Meg and Mindy started playing music together somewhere along the way forming the band Port Murray. Not long after, Mindy and Meagan hooked up with Kevin McCloskey, a classmate of Meagan’s and Marian Moran, Mindy’s old college roommate. The four became River Drivers – a high-energy rootsy Celtic Americana band.
Mindy draws from her life experiences and oral histories to create her edgy rootsy songs — born out of a desire to have her music mean something while telling the stories of hard working women and men. One of her many labor movement songs “Blair Mountain” was recognized by the United Mine Workers Union and placed in their 2016 Annual Report and her “Did Ya Vote” was awarded Honorable Mention by the International Women’s Freedom Song organization in 2020.
You can catch Mindy playing solo or along with her band at festivals and concert halls throughout the US and abroad.