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Epic Mama Music

Epic MAMA Music

By Chris Murphy

Modesto has been the source of some great music.  The Modesto music scene has been the launch pad for many successful artists and continues to be place for new artist to develop, and thanks to all of the local restaurants and bars that are very friendly to live music, the quality keeps getting better and better.   Here we look back at some of the great songs that have come out of the Modesto music scene.

Pretty – Transport

This is one of my favorite songs EVER.   My band Third Party was able to cover this song at a Christmas gig at Deva years ago and Transport was there. It was so cool.  This is a good driving beat, amazing chorus, cool effects swirling and deserves replay after replay.  Matt Cox and Jason rivers still play locally and Nathan Penrose lives back east and stays in touch with Modesto on Facebook.

Got 2Girlfriends – UVR

This was high energy music and was fun live.  UVR writes catchy and fun songs and lit up the shows they played.  They had the honor of closing the show for Avril Lavigne when she played at the State Theatre. Crazy show.  Huge opening gig for Flying Blind at John Thurman and they have toured all over the USA and followed this song up with Hollywood and many others.  We need more catchy music like this that sends you humming and whistling the tunes as you leave the gig.  

 Too Bad You – Megan Slankard

Megan Slankard goes electric!  Megan broke through with this song, lots of national radio airplay and it was a flat out great song.  She shows up at the Fat Cat after her “What not to wear” episode, and straps on an electric guitar and the rest is national tour history.  As I write this, she is gigging in NYC.  How cool huh? Her hits keep on coming and she is a regular on Pandora and XM stations.



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About the Author:

Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.