Touring artist Putnam Murdock got his start as a professional musician with the Colorado rock and roll band Chief Broom. With Murdock as front man, the group achieved a slot on the 1997 H.O.R.D.E tour, appeared in festivals at Red Rocks Amphitheater and sold out venues throughout the western US. After graduating with a songwriting degree from Berklee School in Music in 2002, Murdock launched a solo career and has since traveled across the country performing with artists such as Martin Sexton, Taj Mahal, Ben Taylor, Gregory Alan Isakov, and Kaki King.
In addition to his live performances, Murdock has also established his songwriting career by earning an honorable mention from the International Songwriting Competition for his song Jersey Whiskey as well as having his debut record Fiction on the official ballot for the Grammys in five categories. He has co-written songs that have appeared in the television shows Joan of Arcadia, Dawsons Creek, MTV's Made, and The Biggest Loser. The song When it Comes Around appeared in the movie and sound track for Just Friends with Ryan Reynolds. He’s performed as a session musician on several Ken Burns documentaries including The Mayo Clinic with Bill Frisell and The Roosevelts: An Intimate History.
Steeped in old-time folk, country and blues, Putnam Murdock's songwriting presents on honest voice of Americana music. As a one-man band or a full ensemble, the intimacy remains obvious in either his contemporary sonic collages or his classic ballads.
"I was raised on a strict diet of folk, country and bluegrass. The Centre Streeters were my mentors. Every Thursday night they would gather in circle in a living room in Dover, MA and evoke every damn lost, drunk, and brokenhearted song known to man... in four part harmony of course. Always harmonies. That was the constant. Each rehearsal I witnessed brought me closer and closer... to the point of knowing no other way of life. Doesn't every family or circle of friends act like this? Sitting in a circle, playing songs is where the real music exists."