Saturday, Sept. 21st CRASH MUSIC welcomes you to an evening with Joe McMurrian, one of the preeminent blues guitarists of our time. Joe McMurrian is a Delta Blues/Roots songwriter/ guitarist based in Portland Oregon. He has a rich capability to infuse tradition with contemporary invention through his intense finger-style, slide guitar work and original storytelling. Joe blends all these influences into a powerful modern gumbo that can switch from gut wrenching hard driving deep blue’s to intricate acoustic ballads. He has appeared with such luminaries as John Mayhall, Paul Geramia, LouisianaRed, Keb Mo, Paul Livingstone, Eddie Kirkland, John McEuen, Charlie Musslewhite, Preacher Boy, Canned Heat, Sonny Landreth & Little Charley and the Nightcats to name a few.
In addition to being a musician, Joe is a highly trained Fine artist who paints and creates any number of strange things. He holds a Masters Degree in Painting and exhibits nationally. Art for Joe is a unified exploration, one that doesn’t have borders to separate different pursuits. Art and Music are one for him and ask him which one is more important and he'll probably say "who cares, it's all trying to do the same thing in the end...make people wake up and enjoy reality." When he performs on stage he is in a way painting with sound, ebbing and flowing towards new realms of experience in the moment. joemcmurrian.com/