There are two musicians named James Murphy. 1) James Franklin Murphy (July 30th, 1969, Portsmouth, Virginia USA) is an American guitarist and Producer. He is well-known for his solo contributions to various bands (Death, Obituary, Testament, Konkhra, Cancer) as well as works released under his own name and by a band he founded named Disincarnate. He has also contributed lessons to Guitar Player magazine. Murphy was diagnosed with a pituitary tumour in 2001, but had surgery and has recovered.