Concerts and Shows at The Magic Bag
Anti-Freeze Blues Festival: Bobby Murray Band featuring The Woodward Horns, Raye Williams, Lenny Watkins and Special Guests
Friday, January 5 - Doors 7pm - $20 adv. - All Ages
The Anti-Freeze Blues Festival returns with the Bobby Murray Band featuring The Woodward Horns with special guests Raye Williams, Lenny Watkins, Smoke Jones and Greg Nagy.
Detroit has a long history of standout blues performers, many who travelled north from Mississippi and other Southern states. Guitarist Bobby Murray is another talented performer who migrated to Detroit, albeit from the West Coast.
Murray's roots with the blues run deep, back to high school when he and bandmate Robert Cray saw Albert Collins perform at their high school graduation in Tacoma, Washington. In the ensuing decades, Murray amassed a considerable resume of his own. He performed in Etta James' backup ensemble, the Roots Band, for over two decades, including shows at the WOMAD festival at the Barcelona Olympic, Carnegie Hall and at the inaugural for President Bill Clinton. You may have heard his guitar work on James' song "Blues is My Business," that was used on "The Sopranos;" or seen him perform on "The Tonight Show," "Austin City Limits" or "Late Night with David Letterman."
Bobby performed with Collins off and on for 20 years and has performed with or recorded with many other blues and soul greats, including Albert King, John Lee Hooker, Otis Clay, Irma Thomas, Buddy Guy & Junior Wells, Carla Thomas, Johnnie Taylor, The Sweet Inspirations, Johnny 'Guitar' Watson, Lowell Fulson, Taj Mahal, Little Milton, Percy Mayfield, Sugar Pie DeSanto, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Charlie Musselwhite and Otis Rush. And along with recording and performing with many others, he has released several recordings of his own, since 1996. The latest being "I'm Sticking With You" released in 2013. Murray recorded with Cray and B.B. King on the song "Playing with My Friends," from King's Grammy Award-winning album "Blues Summit." He also performed on James' Grammy winning recordings "Let's Roll" and "Blues to the Bone."
Murray, who moved to Detroit in 1996, was selected by the Detroit Blues Society as a recipient of the group's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. And since 2012, Bobby has won numerous Detroit Music Awards including Outstanding Blues/R&B Instrumentalist. But, don't get the wrong idea, Bobby's not resting on his laurels. Murray is better than ever, fronting his own Bobby Murray Band, and most recently forming a musical revue entitled "Love Letters From Detroit" - with a recording with the same name. The recording won another prestigious Detroit Music Award for this year's Outstanding Blues Recording. His moving blues guitar work and exciting stage performances make him one of the Motor City's musical treasures.