Band

Biography

The Mighty High & Dry pumps out big-hearted American Rock ‘n ‘ Soul, employing a healer’s touch, a bartender’s wit and a lover’s kiss to the beat of the times. Since 2011, singer Alan Murphy has been channeling his writing efforts into MHD along with bassist Kyle Vock. With two members relocating in ’16, they’ve added guitarist Eric Katerle and drummer Alex Cote, who both triple their duties by writing and singing with the band.

The Mighty High & Dry play mostly in their city of Rochester, NY, but are in the process of expanding their reach to other regions. As well as expanding their reach, they will be expanding their personnel for some shows, adding horns, keys and female vocals, dubbing the party The Mighty High & Dry Assembly. They have released two full-length CDs, the 1st one (‘13) self-titled and the latest one (’16) titled “The Next Waltz”, indicating a nod to The Band and a need for the dance.

First Album

If the Mighty High & Dry's debut album were a painting, it'd be a Dali hanging over an altar with full bar. The first track, "Shine", is everyone's poison, after which everyone is invited to drink his or neighbors'- "Dam", "You Ain't Ready"...
Rochester, NY's MHD rock-soul-gravel blast is rooted by Alan Murphy's guttural-then-smooth vocals, Kyle Vock's deep-digging bass, Chris Teal's driving drums and Mike Frederick's dirty guitar talk. Enjoy this album like a pastor enjoys a Sunday afternoon cocktail; whether you're a believer or not, you'll feel it.

CIty Newspaper

Soulful Rochester rockers The Mighty High and Dry have struck a nerve on its new single, "I Was Living Here." With guest vocals by roots rocker Brian Lindsay and soul singer Danielle Ponder, each weighing in on a verse, the band addresses nascent issues like the Dakota Access Pipeline and Black Lives Matter. Despite the subjects' frustrations, it proves good music can confront bad times — and that good music should confront bad times.

The Mighty High and Dry is a classic Americana band; heartfelt and heartbreaking. It's more rain than sunshine. Led by keyboardist and guitarist Alan Murphy, The Mighty High and Dry is a band of exquisite potency due to its strength among the ranks. The songs cut deep on everything from love, love lost, and love to come again — there's a reminiscence of Ryan Adams but more willing to get down and reckless.

Murphy says to keep your eyes peeled for a video treatment of this song in a few weeks. If The Band is the question, then The Mighty High and Dry is the answer.

-- Frank DeBlase, City Newspaper (Jan 31, 2018)