JOE McMURRIAN QUARTET
The Joe McMurrian Quartet is a rapidly growing outfit in the Northwest and beyond. As a solo artist, McMurrian released his debut, "Rain of Days", which was voted the best independent blues release of 2006 by the International Blues Foundation of Memphis as well as reaching the 5 slot on Japan's Tower Records chart.
Joe is a native of the Northern California, San Joaquin Delta region. Seven years ago he relocated with his family to Portland after a ten year stay in various areas of Los Angeles. He carried with him his unique brand of music and has now found the perfect musicians to help him create it.
"A new form of Blues. A fusion of the Delta and their own haunted visions. In a way, when performing live they're like a classic jam band that can take a song and it's theme on for great lengths, never getting dull in the process. But what ever they are, they're extremely innovative with a sound completely their own....This quartet should be viewed as sculptors, or painters. They're creating a new demension of the blues..." Cascade Blues Association, Portland Oregon 2008.
With his new band in tow, the Joe McMurrian Quartet have just released "JMQ - Joe McMurrian Quartet Live at the White Eagle", which spotlights seven new songs as well as some highly re-arranged traditionals, all woven into the sonic fabric of the JMQ sound. The live album is a deep mix of Delta/Hill country blues power, delicate finger-style slide contortions and vocal infused scenes of talking rivers, cities on fire, loves trickery, dogs with gills, smoke building windows, failed preachers, Coo Coo birds, L.A freeways, boats of leather and stone cast across improvisational creationism and Rosewood soaked brain waves.
"We are a progressive blues based band," says McMurrian about the quartet's sound. "influenced by all music and a whole lot of old American music like the blues, But what we do is anything but regular blues; it's new blues, if you will, and should be seen as modern yet approachable by young and old listeners."
JMQ's sound is rooted in Delta Blues and Old American Roots music, but it is woven into a modern concept of improvisation and original story telling that owes as much to John Coltrane, Jimi Hendrix or Led Zeppelin as it does to Son House, Mississippi Fred McDowell, R.L Burnside or Bert Jansch. JMQ is the new face of American Roots & Blues music, one that crosses limiting musical boundaries, trivialities and fads and soars up within the infinity of sound.