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  • Dover native, singer-songwriter to inject listeners with a 'Cold Shot'

  • During the late 1980s, Dover native Adam Murray was living in California, gigging with his band Cold Shot on the Sunset Strip and dreaming of becoming a rock star.
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  • During the late 1980s, Dover native Adam Murray was living in California, gigging with his band Cold Shot on the Sunset Strip and dreaming of becoming a rock star.
    Murray longed to get his group signed to a record label and release an album. But it never happened.
    Two decades later, however, the vocalist will see part of his dream realized. The demo tape he recorded with Cold Shot has been remastered and will be re-released on iTunes on July 25 as the band’s self-titled debut album on Eonian Records.
    Coming full circle, the album release party for “Cold Shot” will be held at Paladino’s Club in California.
    Murray has kept in touch with his bandmates via phone and Facebook, yet it’s been years since he’s seen them in person. He’s says he’s looking forward to dusting off their timeless tunes at the reunion concert.
    “All the songs were very near and dear to me, and I’m sure the other guys feel the same way,” the 48-year-old said.
    The songs on “Cold Shot” are straightforward and fun.
    “It’s pretty much all party rock. There’s nothing really deep on there,” Murray explained. “It’s just a good-time party-rock album.”
    The release of “Cold Shot” on Eonian Records came about a year and a half ago when Murray got in touch with the Indiana-based label and received an offer.
    Murray made it a priority to have his old songs from Cold Shot re-released on Eonian because he felt the music was still topnotch, he said.
    Despite rocking crowds with Cold Shot at famous venues on the Sunset Strip during the late 80s and early 90s, such as at the Roxy Theatre and Whiskey A Go Go, the emergence of grunge music hindered Murray and his bandmates’ from becoming rock stars, he said.
    “I think it was a lot about the timing,” said the Marydel resident, who lives on a farm with his fiancé Erika Paradee. “There was the whole Nirvana grunge scene. It was bad timing. But Cold Shot was a great band.”
    All 11 songs on Cold Shot’s self-titled album came from the band’s demo, an actual cassette tape released around 1990, which included about 14 tracks. Two of its songs, Juicy” and “Higher,” appeared on the soundtrack of “Across The Tracks,” a 1990 film starring a young Brad Pit.
    Murray left the band in 1992 to pursue other musical ventures. Today he’s the frontman of his own rock outfit the Adam Murray Project, which is working on a new album.
    Page 2 of 2 - Paradee, who met Murray at Dover High School during the early 1980s, said she is happy that he’s getting another chance to share music from “Cold Shot” with the music community.
    “I’m thrilled for him, because he deserves it,” she said. “It was a long time coming.”
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