Joe McMurrian is a new breed of Blues man. His sound is a ground breaking mix of old America and beyond creating an intense soundscape armed only with a guitar and voice.
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. McMurrian is known for his engaging songwriting, guitar wizardry, warm soulful vocals, wit and unforgettable powerful live performances. At the heart of this is his knack for storytelling, bringing characters—from the faceless to the legendary—to strikingly real life while freely transitioning between structure and improvisation.
As a Finger style/slide guitar master, he blends flavors of old Blues, Hill music, Jazz and Rock all together into a true American gumbo.
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, Paul Geramia and even members of Metalica back in 1987!.
"spellbinding yarns.....You have to wonder if he didn't strike the same deal as Delta shaman Robert Johnson.." Oregonian, Portland OR.
"Old Blood is more than just a great album, it is an acoustic masterpiece.."
Cascade Blues Association - 2015
" Really good man..you got that feeling...." Legendary Blues Master Johnny Winter
" I like your playing, you sure can rip on that Delta style son...." Charlie Musslewhite
Joe’s album Get Inside This House was awarded the distinction of Best
Independent Self- Produced release of year by the International Blues Foundation of
"Joe McMurrian is a great, gritty singer and a fluid fingerstyle guitarist with more than a little Delta influence in his sound - and the artistic moxie to make it sound fresh yet timeless.."
Oregonian, A&E music review
"Thank you for doing that one son, like Tommy Johnson used to do, but different, really nice, really good you know. I like that.." Delta Blues Legend Honey Boy Edwards
"..brilliance, tension, effortless charm, dynamism, taste, character, and heart. Strong
stuff. This one ain’t poured from the house well. This is the stuff they break out for the
serious customer..." Oregon Music News
" Joe is a true original who can also channel anyone from Blind Willie Johnson to Skip James to Hendrix or Bert Jansch, but he does it in his own way as if he is them..." Music Connection Magazine