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David Lee Murphy influences current wave of country performers

David Lee Murphy joined Justin Moore, one of many artists who he has influenced, on Saturday, February 8, at a show in West Virginia. He’s made quite the impact on the current crop of country music performers and his material is frequently covered by a number of chart-topping musicians.

David Lee Murphy hits the stage with Justin Moore.
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David Lee Murphy broke through in 1994 with “Just Once,” a track from the “8 Seconds” soundtrack and eventually went on to have one of country music’s biggest radio hits the following year with “Party Crowd.” Signature tunes like “Dust on the Bottle” and “The Road You Leave Behind,” quickly followed. David Lee Murphy’s name continues to appear on the Billboard country charts these days; he’s earned a reputation as one of Nashville’s most in-demand songwriters.

Husband and wife duo Thompson Square entered the top ten last week with “Everything I Shouldn’t Be Thinking About,” a song penned by David Lee Murphy. He also co-wrote their breakthrough smash, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not.” Jake Owen recently landed another number one single thanks to "Anywhere With You" which was also a product of David Lee's creativity. Other artists who have recorded his work include superstar acts Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, and Reba McEntire.

“Wild in Your Smile” singer Dustin Lynch often includes the 90s favorite “Dust on the Bottle” in his high-energy set, turning it into a crowd sing along. Luke Bryan, who recorded David Lee’s “The Only Way I Know” with Jason Aldean and Eric Church, invited Mr. Murphy to perform onstage with him during a sold-out show in 2013.

Jon Pardi, who released his debut record “Write You A Song” last month, considers David Lee Murphy as one of his favorite performers.

In an Examiner exclusive, Jon Pardi said, “Now ‘Party Crowd’ might be recorded by me one day, you never know. I want to make an album and put it as a secret song. You let the album play and then the secret song comes on. That would be awesome.”

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