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An Evening with Joe McMurrian – [acoustic blues / americana]
March 9, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
WHEN: Thursday March 9, 2017
DOORS: 7pm | SHOW: 8pm
GENRE: acoustic blues / americana
AGES: all ages
SEATING: seated general admission
TICKETS: $8 adv. / $10 d.o.s. / $15 VIP (guaranteed seating in 1st three rows!)
Joe McMurrian is a modern acoustic Country Blues & Roots based songwriter/Guitarist that pushes the boundaries of traditional roots music and performance. He is an extremely powerful live performer and story teller who can blow the roof off any stage while feeding the heart with honesty, warmth and truth. He has learned from the old masters, lived the music, survived the life and carries forward a valuable tradition.
Joe McMurrian is a Finger style/slide guitar master and amazing singer like no other. His ability to freeform in the moment to create constant new renditions of traditional songs and original material set’s him far apart from others. He blends flavours of old country Blues, Folk, Hill music, Jazz and Rock all together into a true American gumbo. Imagine Son House, Skip James or Fred McDowell with the fire of Hendrix or Buddy Guy, the sophistication of Bert Jansch, Kelly Joe Phelps, Nick Drake and John Martyn with the soulfull voice of a storm. His music is truly filled with the blues that he has breathed and lived, the country he comes from and the people he loves.
Joe Has toured with or shared the stage with legends such as Honey Boy Edwards, Jack Owens, Louisiana Red, R.L Burnside, Johnny Winter, John Mayhall, Roy Rodgers, George Thorogood, Jack Owens, Derek Trucks, Leo Bud Welch, Robert Cray, Roy Rodgers, Keb Mo, Eddie Kirkland, Robyn Trower, John McEuen , Charlie Musslewhite, Canned Heat, Robert Earl Keen, Sonny Landreth, Shameka Copeland, Paul Geramia and even members of Metalica back in 1987!.
Joe McMurrian was born April 5th 1968 and hails from the Delta, the San Joaquin Delta in Northern California. He grew up in the little farming town of Brentwood next to the Antioch river and surrounding Delta region. He grew up walking through the alfalfa fields, walnut, Peach and apricot orchards while learning Carter Family tunes, John Lee Hooker rhythms and old gospel, blues and rock standards.
His family hails from Texas and the hills of Buffalo Valley Oklahoma on his fathers side and Amarrilo Texas on his mothers side. After being driven from Buffalo Valley Oklahoma along with the other Dust Bowl Refugee’s, the family soon popped up in Northern California working in the riverside factories. Joe grew up in the 70’s and 80’s working on the families small farm, learning music from his father and old blues and folk records.
His first guitar was his father steel guitar that had languished up in the attic until Joe found it. After playing around with it secretly, he begged his father to relearn some old folk tunes that he had played in the late 40’s and some lap slide licks. Joe took to it like a fish and was soon devouring all he could learn from the family record collection. After many years of playing in rock garage bands, joe happened upon the Harry Smith Anthology of American Folk Music and the recordings of Robert Johnson. That sealed the deal as it where, he took off and never looked back.
Over the past 13 years he has lived around the greater Portland Oregon area where he has become a staple of the music/fesival scene while touring regionally, nationally and internationally. Recently he was brought to Japan by label BSMF Records out of Osaka for a critically aclaimed 5 city cd release tour for Old Blood.
‘Get Inside This House’ voted Best Independent Blues Release of the Year by the International Blues Foundation of Memphis.
“No cliché stuff here. No predictable, typical blues slock here – only smart, eloquent, modern music that is at the same time well soaked in old weird American traditional music. Daring, original, deep, sweet, dark, exciting are some of the adjectives that come to ones mind when listening to him. You are greeted with a whirlwind of sounds that he creates with his guitar and voice. Deep as the wood’s and delta where he comes from, dark as the river water he grew up swimming in and uplifting as the traditional American melodies and stories he was raised with..”
— L.A Times
“His fingerpicking and slide skills amaze and challenge listeners while his moving vocals draw them into the world of a true story teller..”
— Cascade Blues Association Portland, OR 2006
Honey Boy Edwards says – Honey Boy Edwards
“Thank you for doing that one son, like Tommy Johnson used to do, but different, really nice, really good you know. I like that..”
Charlie Musslewhite says – Charlie Musslewhite
” I like your playing, you sure can rip on that Delta style….”
Oregonian – spellbinding yarns – Oregonian
“spellbinding yarns. In among the mischievous spirits and tortured souls, McMurrian plays mystic, conjuring up the dark side of the heart armed only with a guitar and voice. You have to wonder if he didn’t strike the same deal as Delta shaman Robert Johnson..”