ABOUT MURRAY PORTER…
"He's a `red man, singing the black mans' blues, living in a white man's world!’ (from his song `Colours’). MURRAY PORTER is Mohawk from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory in southern Ontario. Through his blues he tells the Aboriginal side of history with a mixture of country, blues and humour. Murray is a self-taught, singer, songwriter and piano player, who's spent the last 30 years playing the blues throughout the world, spreading his unique style of foot-stomping, hand clapping, NATIVE BLUES PIANO!! He has been compared to the likes of Dr. John, Joe Cocker, Leon Russell, Elton John and Delbert McClinton.
Murray started playing music as a teenager, in bars and nightclubs throughout Ontario and Western New York. He was a 2005 JUNO nominee for ‘Full Circle’ with his former group THE PAPPY JOHNS BAND, and Canadian Aboriginal Music Award winner for ‘Best Blues’. Now living in North Vancouver, British Columbia, he has recorded his next solo CD `Songs Lived & Life Played’, which was released on September 26, 2011.
He’s shared the stage with hundreds of Artists including B.B. King, Etta James, The Neville Brothers, Tom Cochrane, Burton Cummings, Marcia Ball, Pura Fe, Keith Secola, and The Funk Brothers (twice). In his own words: “When I was about 11 years old I remember listening to blues radio under the covers at home late at night. This is when I first heard ‘The Thrill is Gone’ by B.B. King, and I was hooked! So to open for the Artist that started me on my blues journey is like a dream come true”.
THE MURRAY PORTER BAND is an incredibly talented group of musicians, with each player performing professionally for at least thirty years plus. Together as a band for the past four years, they had their debut at the 2007 Nanaimo Blues Festival on Vancouver Island. They have performed at the Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival where they rocked the Blues Stage in 2009 to stand ovations after each performance! During the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, they performed at the Aboriginal Pavilion to an international audience. They were invited to perform at an Honouring Celebration for former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Phil Fontaine, in Calgary, Alberta, where they opened for Crystal Shawanda. They performed at the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards, First Night Awards backing up Dalannah Gail Bowen, and at `Dinner in the Canyons’ Gala Fundraiser for the Aqua Caliente Cultural Museum in Palm Springs, California. The band also performs regularly at Vancouver’s Home of the Blues, The Yale. They have recorded “Songs Lived & Life Played” at Cosmic Pig Studios, in North Vancouver on Capilano Reserve in British Columbia.
HELENE DUGUAY (Bass and Harmonies) - Helene brings many years experience tearing it up on stages throughout North America and Asia. She started her career at fourteen in New Brunswick and has played steadily ever since. At sixty-seven years of age, Helene shows no sign of slowing down, and can hold her own with the best of them on any stage! Proud of her French/Miqmaq heritage, and fluent in French, she performs at numerous fundraisers for various Aboriginal communities and organizations throughout British Columbia. She has been featured on the TV shows Rez Bluez and The Mix, and several episodes of Beyond Words on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. She's won awards in Nashville and received a certificate of recognition from the Governor General of Canada. She's a regular feature performer at The Yale and performed at the Aboriginal Olympic Pavilion. Her yodeling always brings down the house wherever she performs. From the girl groups and go-go boots of the sixties and through all the twists and turns in popular music since, Helene plays all styles with authenticity and heart.
RICK BOULTER (Guitar and Harmonies) - Rick has played in several classic rock and blues bands. He has wide experience in all styles beginning with rock in the eighties, and blues in the nineties. Rick was the Executive Producer for Murray Porter’s upcoming release “Songs Lived & Life Played”, and he also engineered and mixed this recording. He is also a member of SOCAN and a producer and head engineer at Cosmic Pig Studios.
CHRIS ‘THE WRIST’ NORDQUIST (Drums and Harmonies) An Internationally recognized Drummer/ Composer/Actor/Educator, Nominee for Drummer of the Year in 2008, 2009 & 2010 for Canada’s National Blues Awards, The Maple Blues Awards produced by the Toronto Maple Blues Society. He is currently Artistic Director of the Pender Harbour Blues and Roots Festival is always in demand for his versatility, experience and musicality. Chris "The Wrist" as he is known to many, lives with his wife in Vancouver.
“Songs Lived & Life Played” Guest Artists:
RENAE MORRISEAU (Harmonies) – Renae is not only an accomplished singer, she also has her own female accapella singing group called M’Girl, who have won several Aboriginal music awards. She was also a regular on North of 60 for 5 seasons on national Canadian television.
CHRISTOPHER ALLEN (Harmonica on tracks 2 & 5) – With a career spanning 35 years, Christopher has performed with many of Canada’s great blues musicians including the late Jeff Healy, The Matt Minglewood Band, Amos Garrett, The Powder Blues Band, to name a few. He also performs regularly with Wes Mackey and Mud Dog.
DAVID “HURRICANE” HOERL (Harmonica on track 1) – One of Canada’s top harp players, David is founding member of the award-winning blues band The Twisters. Originally from San Francisco, David’s been performing with Canadian talent since the early 1980’s. He’s jammed with Albert Collins, Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne, Big Mama Thorton, and Sonny Rhodes, to name a few greats he’s shared the stage with.
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CAREER HIGHLIGHTS :
• Sang on ‘Aboriginal Welcoming Song’ for 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies
• Performed 22 shows during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics at the Aboriginal Pavilion & various venues throughout downtown
• National Museum of the American Indian’s (NMAI), Living Earth Festival, Aug. 2010, shared stage with Ivan Neville, Derek Miller, Bill Miller, Stevie Salas, Martha Redbone, etc., Washington, DC
• NMAI and The Kennedy Center’s `Millennium Stage’, with The Rez Bluez All-Starz, August 22 & 23/09 Received standing ovations at each venue! Washington, DC
• Salmon Arm, Roots & Blues Festival, July 2009; Vancouver Folk Festival, July 2008
• Guest performer with The Funk Brothers, Oct. 2008 (Hamilton) & June 2011, (Calgary) Dreamcatcher Gala
• Opened for Etta James & B.B. King in Tulalip, Washington on September 2007.
• 20th Annual Chicago Blues Festival, with The Pappy Johns Band, Chicago, Illinois, May 2003
• Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts "Out of Doors Festival" for their `23rd Annual Roots of American Music Festival', New York City, August 18 & 20, 2006
• Blues sur Seine, with The Pappy Johns Band, Mantes-la-Jolie, France, November 2005
• Grand Opening of the Smithsonian Institution's NMAI, with The Pappy Johns Band, September 2004
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The buzz has started on ‘Songs Lived & Life Played’ Murray’s current album, released on September 26, 2011, at Hugh’s Room in Toronto, Ontario:
"Murray Porter has channeled all his life experiences, musical expertise and soulful song crafting into his latest collection of songs… Murray’s gravel-voiced singing shares the spotlight with his smooth as glass keyboard playing on this record. And his keyboard blues chords help him to stand out from the usual line-up of guitar slingers in the blues field…the collection offers something for the lover in all of us, and fall in love you will, with Murray’s voice. You will not tire of this singer who was born to croon the blues".
− Janet Rogers, BC Musician Magazine - Fall Reviews – Indigenous Music
"Murray's latest is his best yet - Album of the Year - I'd say!!"
− Brian Wright-McLeod, Author, Encyclopedia of Native Music
"Anyone into blues music, especially Indigenous blues music, should get a copy of this album for their collection. Murray let’s us know that being real and playing from the heart is a strong driving force in the art of music. The result is a timeless creation".
− Ostwelve/aka/Ron Dean Harris, RPM Indigenous Music Culture
"Murray's voice is gravelled over nicely... sounds like an ol' Rez dirt road that been worn out by muscle cars and bad weather! And that's a good thing!"
- Derek Miller, Blues/Rock Guitar Musician with 2 JUNO’s, multiple APCMA’s, CAMA’S & NAMMY Awards *
"It is a Groove CD…pure Soul singin'".
- Gabriel Ayala, Grammy nominated classical guitarist & NAMMY winner
"Murray Porter has an ancient soul. In his voice and hands you feel his pain but you also feel the positive that is sure to follow. Murray is so much more than just a blues man and from now on when I think Joe Cocker or Leon Russell, I MUST think Murray Porter".
- Stevie Salas, Rock guitarist & former Musical Director for ‘American Idol’ tour
"Murray Porter is a songwriter first and foremost and every song is instantly enjoyable, easy to listen to in almost any setting. `Songs Lived & Life Played’ includes both uplifting cheerful songs and slow ballads… Properly aged and aired, this album tastes great to the ears".
- Keven Kanten, Windspeaker newspaper
* APCMA (Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards)
− NAMMY (Native American Music Awards)
− CAMA (Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards)