Haylee Ryan’s mural depicting Chadwick Murray at the Kessler Theater. Photo by Jeffrey Liles

Bastards of Soul releases its second album, Corners, next week, about six months after the death of frontman Chadwick Murray.

The album was recorded before Murray died suddenly at age 45 in September.

The Dallas-based soul band released a single, “Come Around,” last week. It’s the album’s final track, opening with Chad Stockslager’s bittersweet keyboard riffs. Murray’s voice comes in with “Goodbye my darlin’…”

It’s available anywhere you stream music.

The album, which comes out via Eastwood Music Group on March 11, “is deeply felt and laced with joy and sorrow, above all else showcasing Murray’s undeniable talent and the band’s locked-in musical bonhomie,” according to a media release.

Band members Stockslager and Danny Balis were looking to start a new band when someone recommended Murray because of his voice. Guitarist Chris Holt says he knew Murray as a bass player but didn’t know he could sing. The band’s drummer is Matt Trimble.

“I remember him telling me how excited he was about the band,” says Murray’s widow, Hannah. “He loved and admired them, and he put a lot of time in the band. He was able to express himself in a different way than he’d done previously.”

Find the full media release here.

Most of the band’s members live in the East Dallas area, but The Kessler in Oak Cliff is a home for the band, and they recently recorded a video there.


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