Joe McMurrian

Ural Thomas

  • 7 p.m. |
  • Free |
  • 21 and over

About Joe McMurrian


Joe McMurrian is a delta blues/roots songwriter based in Portland. His family is rooted in the hills of Oklahoma and the plains of Texas, and McMurrian grew up with America's old music deep in his ears. With the ability to infuse tradition with contemporary invention, he plays a rich amalgam of delta-style acoustic blues, roots, old-time, and original material -- all bearing his unique touch and delivery. He incorporates the delta slide over a fluid finger-style approach reminiscent of a Robert Pete Williams, Skip James or Bert Jansch with a rhythmic base out of R.L Burnside, Big Joe Williams and Roscoe Holcomb. McMurrian has been compared to such modern masters as Chris Smither and Kelly Joe Phelps, but he has a voice all his own and a bag of visions and sounds true to his own experience and delivery.

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