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Songs Lived & Life Played

by Murray Porter

The blues music of Murray Porter has been played throughout North American airwaves since his debut solo release, 1492, Who Found Who? in 1994. He was a 2005 JUNO nominee for Full Circle, with his former band, The Pappy Johns Band. Now ready with his second solo recording, he reassures his fans that his blues have not gone away…they’ve gone deeper with `Songs Lived & Life Played', his latest album.
Genre: Blues: Piano Blues
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1. Rez Bluez
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2. Since She Went Away
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3. Not So Far Away
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4. Set My Luv Free
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5. That Man Was Me
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6. The Way She Luvs Me
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7. Call You Baby
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8. Dog House
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9. Time Will Come
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10. I Feel Lucky
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11. Is Sorry Enough?
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"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.

Since moving to Capilano Indian Reserve in North Vancouver over five years ago, Murray has become a full-time musician, having opened for B.B. KING, ETTA JAMES, MARCIA BALL, and sharing the stage with MAVIS STAPLES, IVAN NEVILLE & DUMPSTAFUNK, PURA FE, DEREK MILLER and THE FUNK BROTHERS, (twice)…to name a few incredibly talented musicians he’s been honoured to be on the same show with.

Murray’s performed at festivals in B.C., including, the Vancouver Folk Festival, Nanaimo Blues, Salmon Arm Roots & Blues, plus over 20 performances during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. He also performed in both seasons of Rez Bluez on the Aboriginal Peoples Television, and wrote and sings the theme song. Murray’s voice was also heard on the Aboriginal Welcoming Song for 2010 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies. By invitation, Murray’s performed at the Lincoln Center’s `23rd Annual Roots of American Music Festival’, The Kennedy Center’s `Millennium Stage’ and the National Museum of the American Indian, in the United States. Murray performs over a hundred dates a year all over North America/Turtle Island.

The long awaited CD release by Porter, with producer, Rick Boulter of Cosmic Pig Studios, was recorded on the Capilano Rez. He serves as co-producer alongside Boulter, who is also his guitar player. Porter was very much in control in all creative aspects of production of his new release, which features eleven new songs. With his band of seasoned musicians, HELENE DUGUAY on bass and harmonies, RICK BOULTER on guitar and CHRIS “THE WRIST” NORDQUIST on drums, along with guests RENAE MORRISEAU (from M’Girl) on harmonies, and the wicked harmonicas of CHRISTOPHER ALLEN and DAVID HOERL (of The Twisters). All harmonies and cool chord concepts were arranged by HELENE DUGUAY. Together, they’ve created a soulfully blues album that’s destined to be a classic!

Well known for his satirical point of view in his songs about Aboriginal experiences in life, on this album he’s also written heart-felt songs dedicated to the Indian Residential & Boarding School Survivors, `Is Sorry Enough?’ (co-written with Elaine Bomberry), and the murdered and missing women of Canada in `Since She Went Away’. No one can sing a love ballad quite like Murray Porter, and he’s got a few new love songs that will soon become favourites with his fans. But he still manages to squeeze in a couple of cheeky blues songs with `Rez Bluez’ and `Dog House’ (co-written with Josh Miller of The Pappy Johns Band).

`SONGS LIVED & LIFE PLAYED' CREDITS:
1. Rez Bluez
• Words & music by Murray Porter
• Harmonies by Helene Duguay and Renae Morriseau
• Guest Harmonica - David Hoerl

2. Since She Went Away
• Words & music by Murray Porter
• All Harmonies Helene Duguay
• Guest Harmonica - Christopher Allen harp

3. Not So Far Away
• Words by Elaine Bomberry; Music by Murray Porter
• Harmonies by Helene Duguay and Renae Morriseau

4. Set My Love Free
• Words & music by Murray Porter
• Harmonies by Helene Duguay and Renae Morriseau

5. That Man Was Me
• Words & music by Murray Porter
• Guest Harmonica - Christopher Allen harp

6. The Way She Loves Me
• Words & music by Murray Porter
• Harmonies by Helene Duguay and Renae Morriseau

7. Call You Baby
• Words by Elaine Bomberry; Music by Murray Porter
• Harmonies by Helene Duguay and Renae Morriseau


8. Dog House
• Words & music by Josh Miller and Murray Porter
• Harmonies by Helene Duguay and Renae Morriseau

9. Time Will Come
• Words & music by Murray Porter
• All Harmonies Helene Duguay

10. I Feel Lucky
• Words & music by Murray Porter
• Harmonies by Helene Duguay and Renae Morriseau

11. Is Sorry Enough?
• Words by Elaine Bomberry and Murray Porter; Music by Murray Porter
• All Harmonies Helene Duguay

All Harmonies and Cool chord concepts arranged by Helene Duguay.
All songs by Murray Porter (SOCAN)

CREDITS:
The musicians are:
Murray Porter on vocals and keyboards
Rick Boulter on guitar
Helene Duguay on bass and harmonies

MURRAY PORTER’S “SONGS LIVED & LIFE PLAYED” is supported by: Tuccaro Inc., First Peoples’ Heritage, Language & Culture Council, British Columbia; First Nations Composers Initiative: Common Ground program, American Composers Forum, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Chris ‘The Wrist’ Nordquist on drums
Renae Morriseau on harmonies;
David Hoerl (The Twisters) guest harmonica on Rez Bluez
Chris Allen guest harmonica on Since She Went Away and That Man Was Me.

Recorded at Cosmic Pig Studios, Coast Salish Territory/North Vancouver, British Columbia
Executive Producer: Rick Boulter of Cosmic Pig Studios
Co-producer: Murray Porter
Associate Producers: Elaine Bomberry and Helene Duguay
Engineer: Rick Boulter
Mixed by: Rick Boulter
Mastered by: Bob Olhsson Audio Mastery, Nashville, Tennessee
CD Artwork designed by: Os12 (Ron Dean Harris)
Photography by: Joecy Shepherd.


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