Daughters of the Purple Sage

Who are Daughters of the Purple Sage?

Specializing in songs of the Golden West, Daughters of the Purple Sage are internationally acclaimed for their smooth vocals and air-tight harmony. Named "Rising Star of the Year" by the Academy of Western Artists, Daughters of the Purple Sage were nominated "Group of the Year" by the Western Music Association. The popularity of the group's polished blend and nostalgic style continues to grow as audiences are delighted by The Daughters' own signature arrangements of such classics as Tumblin' Tumbleweeds and Shenandoah.

Daughters of the Purple Sage's music reflects an authenticity to an audience that is enjoyed by urban and rural listeners alike. The Daughters' three recordings, Songs of the Golden West, Out Wickenburg Way, and their new CD Back in the Saddle are carried with Dixiracks (Nashville, TN) and Bear Family (Europe) catalogs, where they have developed a strong following. The Daughters music is played on radio stations throughout the US, Canada and Europe.

Daughters of the Purple Sage are:

Carolyn Baker, mandolin:
A born and bred Californian, Carolyn still rides the canyon trails every chance she gets. Carolyn sings alto and second soprano, plays piano, guitar and recorder as well as mandolin and is the yodeler of the trio. She credits her pianist mother, Mary Louise, and her barbershopper father, Earl, for the gift of harmony. Carolyn calls Los Angeles home.
Audrey McLaughlin, guitar:
A native Arizonan, Audrey sings soprano and plays guitar. Audrey grew up on the music of Bob Wills and was influenced by the great swing and jazz music of the 40's and 50's. Also a fan of Django Reinhart, Audrey is developing a guitar repertoire in the gypsy jazz style, along with beloved standards. Audrey's favorite western swing composer is Bob Wills. Audrey lives in Phoenix with her family, Mimi and Brianna.
Judy Murbach, bass:
Born in Michigan, Judy plays piano, violin, viola, bass, guitar and dulcimer. Now retired from a 35-year career as a school music teacher, Judy's activities include playing string bass in the Black Hills Symphony, New Horizons Concert Band and Jazz Band. She lives in Rapid City, South Dakota, where she joins husband Terry shooting six guns in the Black Hills.

Performance history; a few of The Daughters many performances include:

World City; Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles, CA), 2004-2006 Artists in Residence (Music Center Education Division, Los Angeles, CA), Ozark Fall Round Up (Branson, MO), EXPO 2000 (Hanover, Germany), Cowboys Heroes and Friends (Branson, MO), Canada's Cowboy Festival (Calgary, Alberta), National Cowboy Symposium (Lubbock, TX), National Western Music Association Festival (Tucson, AZ), National Festival of the West (Scottsdale, AZ), Golden Boot Awards (Los Angeles, CA), The Great Pikes Peak Cowboy Poetry Gathering (Colorado Springs, CO), "Western Traditions" (Wickenburg, AZ), Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival (Santa Clarita, CA), Buffalo Bill Historical Center (Cody, WY), Silver City Cowboy Jamboree (Silver City, NM), Arizona Cowboy Poet's Gathering (Prescott, AZ), Superstition Mountain Cowboy Gathering (Apache Junction, AZ), Cochise Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering (Sierra Vista, AZ), Merv Griffin's Wickenburg Inn (Wickenburg, AZ), Single Action Shooting Society Winter Range (Carefree, AZ), Las Caballeras Trail Ride (Catalina Island, CA).

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(Updated 14 June 2008)