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March 26, 2008

Award-Winning Bluesman Murray Porter in Calgary

Written by
cindy mcleod

live blues, Canada


Murray Porter
Saturday, March 29
Liberty Lounge
Mount Royal College, Calgary

Porter Appears as Part of Native Awareness Month Celebration

Calgary blues fans will have a rare opportunity to hear one of the genre’s finest Aboriginal artists in concert on Saturday, March 29 at the Liberty Lounge in Mount Royal College, when Vancouver’s Murray Porter takes to the stage as part of the Native Awareness Month Cabaret.

Blues singer, songwriter and piano-man Murray Porter has been telling the Aboriginal side of history for over 30 years, spreading his unique style of foot-stomping, hand clapping mix of country, blues and humor around the globe. The multi-talented, self-taught musician has drawn comparison to the likes of Dr. John, Joe Cocker and Delbert McClinton.

Born of the Mohawk, Turtle clan and raised on the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory in southern Ontario, Murray Porter started playing in local clubs as a teenager, spending the first part of his career working the local and western New York circuits and crossing Canada.

Known for his work with the Pappy Johns Band, (who trace their roots back to 1998 and Porter still works with on-and-off), the group was renowned for their work as house band on Aboriginal People’s Television Network’s “Buffalo Tracks” and their debut album, Blame it on Monday (2002). Returning to the studio for the 2003 release Full Circle, the album gained international acclaim and spawned a 2005 European tour including appearances at the International Music Festival in Frankfurt, Germany and Blues sur Seine in France. They also racked up North American appearances at the 20th Annual Chicago Blues Festival (2004), the Montreal Jazz Festival (2004), and the Grand Opening of the Smithsonian Institution’s `National Museum of the American Indian’ (2004).

The multiple award-winning Pappy John’s Band took home the award for Best Blues Album at the Canadian Aboriginal Awards (1995) and a Juno nomination for Aboriginal Recording of the Year (2005). The band dominated the 2002 Canadian Aboriginal Awards, capturing four trophies for Best Male Artist (Faron Johns); Best Group/Duo; Best Producer/Engineer (Alec Fraser & Band) and Best Song & Songwriter for Blame It On Monday (Faron Johns).

Murray Porter launched a successful solo career in 1994, releasing 1492, Who Found Who? (EMI/First Nations Music) in 1995 and touring Canada, the U.S., Australia, Egypt, Israel, Germany, and Haiti. This was followed by inclusions on several compilations including The Legends Project (First Nations Music, 1996), Skin Tight Blues (Sweet Grass Records/EMI, 2002), Toronto Blue’s Society’s 20th Anniversary Compilation (2005), Blues Sur La Seine’s 2005 Festival Compilation – France and Aboriginal Blues Live at the Yale (2006).

Porter’s impressive performance credits include opening for blues legends Etta James and B.B. King at the Tulalip Amphitheatre in Washington State, sharing the bill with Mavis Staples, Guy Davis and Bettye LaVette at Lincoln Center in New York City for the 23rd Annual Roots of American Music Festival and at New York’s National Museum of the American Indian’s Native Sounds Downtown. He also lists appearances at the Nanaimo Blues Festival (2006, 2007), the Edge of the World Festival (2007) and the Vancouver Urban Aboriginal Awards (2006, 2007) among the many others.

Making his television hosting debut on Rez Bluez TV, the 13-part performance series was broadcasting in 2005/2006 on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN www.aptn.ca), SUN-TV (http://suntv.canoe.ca) and the BRAVO Canada channel. Porter wrote and performed the theme song for the series. Season two saw him performing his new originals accompanied by the Helen Duguay Band, and appearances with Helen Duguay, Shakti Hayes and Keith Secola.

for more information visit www.myspace.com/murrayportermusic

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