Bobby Murray Presents the Music of Etta James

Bobby Murray Presents the Music of Etta James

Saturday, Sept 17, 2016
9:30 to 11:00 pm
MICA (South) Stage

Detroit has a long history of standout blues performers, many who traveled north from Mississippi and other Southern states.  Guitarist Bobby Murray is another talented performer who migrated to Detroit, albeit from the West Coast.

Murray’s roots with the blues run deep, back to high school when he and band mate Robert Cray saw Albert Collins perform at their high school graduation in Tacoma, Washington. In the ensuing decades, Murray amassed a considerable resume of his own.

He performed in Etta James’ backup ensemble, the Roots Band, for over two decades, including shows at the WOMAD festival at the Barcelona Olympics and at the inaugural for President Bill Clinton. You may have heard his guitar work on James’ song “Blues is My Business,” that was used on “The Sopranos” or seen him perform on “The Tonight Show,” “Austin City Limits” or “Late Night with David Letterman.”

Bobby performed with Collins off and on for 20 years and has performed with or recorded with many other blues greats – including Albert King,  John Lee Hooker,   Johnny  ‘Guitar’  Watson,  Lowell  Fulson,   Taj  Mahal,  Charlie Musselwhite  and Otis Rush, among others.

Murray recorded with Cray and B.B. King on the song “Playing with My Friends,” from King’s Grammy Award-winning album “Blues Summit.” He also performed on James’ Grammy winning recordings, “Let’s Roll” and “Blues to the Bone.”

Murray, who moved to Detroit in 1996, was selected by the Detroit Blues Society as a recipient of the group’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. And in 2012, Bobby won a Detroit Music Award as Outstanding Blues/R&B Instrumentalist. And in 2013, Murray won another Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Blues Artist/Group.

But, don’t get the wrong idea – Bobby’s not resting on his laurels. Murray is better than ever, fronting his own Bobby Murray Band and often collaborating with Detroit’s other top performers. His moving blues guitar work, with influences ranging from jazz to funk, and exciting stage performances make him one of the Motor City’s treasures.  And here’s Murray’s latest musical  offering  – “I’m Sticking With You.” He hopes you enjoy it.

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