An Update from STS9

In life, the only constant is change. We try to embrace this in our music and in our lives and its in this spirit that we announce STS9 and bassist David Murphy are parting ways. We are postponing our upcoming winter tour dates through February.   We’ll miss David and wish him the best on his journey ahead.

To our fans, we can’t thank you enough for your understanding and continuous support.  We are thrilled for the future of STS9 and can’t wait to share it with you.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you!

-Hunter, Jeffree, Phipps & Zach

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  1. Chris Kew

    Hello STS9, I’m sorry to hear about the parting of ways you have had. I am a bassist formerly with Hypnotic Clambake, Jiggle the Handle, The Recipe and a bunch of other bands. I am looking for a full time touring gig. Jiggle and the Clambake were both full touring bands and I have many many years of touring experience. I remember when you started up when I was in the Clambake and we were playing with Leftover Salmon a lot. Please get in touch, I’m ready to go. Be well. Chris q

  2. Chris Kew

    One more thing, I would like to add that I was sent your way by Jack Trifiro, Victor Wooten’s FOH and tour manager. He contacted me today about your situation. He would back me up. Thanks again. Chris Q

  3. unity

    I’m very sad that there is a conflict of interest
    in the direction of the band. It seemed like ya’ll
    were moving the same way.Anyways, ya’ll are very
    talented and im sure life will be good for all involved. your music has touched me in ways I didn’t think I could feel.This makes your music priceless and timeless.I’m sincerely glad your music came into my life.

  4. Push Car

    The news saddens me, but this page saddens me a bit more. But that’s not what I wanted to say.

    THANK YOU. For that wave after Vegas 2006. For Bonnaroo 2003. For Boulder 2007. For striving to stay interested in the music, albeit PA sets or Axe the Cables. For resparking my interest this summer and saying goodbye on such a high note at Red Rocks, when the message behind the screens finally made sense. For all the words, spoken and unspoken. For inspiring us and letting us inspire you. Thank you. It was an honor.


  5. Mike m

    If this band hasn’t been good in 8 years, then why r u on their website?? More room to dance at shows without those idiots around. Good luck Murph. Can’t wait for Waka!!

  6. 2002 Vibes

    Much Love and Positive Energy to the new STS9

    I’m hoping to see some more of that natural restraint and soothing patience from the early sector9 sound interpolated back into the new STS9 2.0 sound.


    start fresh, we will be there for you

  7. McSteamboat

    I love you Murph!!! Wishing you the best and hoping for some amazing shows in the future…. hopefully with you as a guest star! =)

  8. Michele

    I will be listening to STS9 all day today wishing that the shows this weekend were still happening.

  9. Jerome Karim

    Hello sector 9. This is Jerome Karim, I have been an avid sts9 fan since the 2000s somewhere back then and have listened to yall everyday since then. I have a degree in jazz studies guitar with additional studies in jazz composition, jazz piano, and classical composition. But I am an electric bassist as well who enjoys playing along with your bootlegs of live shows a lot. I feel confident you would at least enjoy the audition with my unique sound and different influences of Phil Lesh, and other directions as well as the proper respect paid to the influence of the original tone of the song. Please email and I really appreciate the consideration you give, if you see this. Sincerely, jerome

  10. Fan

    Thank you for many years of beautiful music/art. I wish you the best in your separate journeys.

  11. Brad Nelms

    Is there any way I can tryout as a replacement? I am serious about this.

  12. Bama

    Murph, I wish you the best of luck on your journey. I feel honored that I got to see you guys grow from the small bar shows to selling out Red Rocks, I was there every step of the way. I first saw you guys at 5 Points Music Hall in Birmingham, AL, and there were maybe 50-60 people there! That was in 2000 I think. Murph, you let me on the bus with you guys at The Odyssey Music Festival in Camp Hill, Ala. back in 2004. We all sat in the back of the bus just hanging out for about 30 minutes, just me and all 5 of you guys. I still brag about it. I left you with a little present also, hope you enjoyed it. Anyway, good luck, and always remember that you are greatly appreciated for the countless memories that words can’t explain! You the Man!

  13. vertiklman

    I was just made aware of this. I feel like one of my kids has left the family for good. I hope that the adventure that lies ahead is one of happiness and fulfillment. You all deserve that at the very least. Your message is one of a brighter day. Now more than ever, that message must resonate loud and clear. God speed Sound Tribe Sector 9, you’ve always made me the proudest.

  14. Kerry

    I knew we should’ve taken that time off work to check you guys out for the STS9 New Years marathon in ATL! 🙁 Now I’ll never get to see the original lineup live! – I only recently – last 2 years – learned of you from my bf. I know he’s sad. Good luck, Murph!

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  16. Miki

    Now that you have an awesome new bassist, will these tour dates be scheduled since you said you were postponing, not cancelling them? Really would like to have a hefty midwest tour to do. 🙂

  17. Galen

    Dear David, Hunter, Phipps, Zach and Jeffree,

    First of all, let me thank you for bringing us all such wonderful music over your careers so far! I have been touched, moved and amazed with your music since I first started listening to it, and as a fellow musician I want to say that I think that each of you are truly outstanding artists!

    What you have created together with STS9 and 1320 Records has been exemplary and has re-inspired my ideals of what music can be, why it is so important, and how it can CHANE and GROW into something bigger than just the band or the fans!

    David, I sincerely wish you the best on your journey ahead, in whatever direction and avenue you choose. I will always admire and respect your care and genius, and will eagerly await your new projects. And as for the rest of the band, well, keep on rocking it guys; I look forward to what you all will do in the future, and will enjoy continuing to support you as you evolve in your musicianship as well!

    With love,


  18. Squares

    Been listening to you guys since 2000..Your band has meant so much to me and my life. Thanks for all you’ve given-all of you. You guys are some of the most talented musicians there are..I can’t wait to see where you take it. Listening to Springback now. Will miss Dave though. MURPH!

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