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Rain of Days

by Joe McMurrian

CDBABY ***** rating. Joe McMurrian plays original acoustic delta blues with a modern twist. Bottleneck slide blues based fingerstyle guitar playing and songwriting at it's best, solo and with a band.
Genre: Blues: Acoustic Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Going to Memphis to See Her There
2:34 $0.99
2. Deep Water Roads
4:27 $0.99
3. I had a Bogg Dogg
4:07 $0.99
4. Fisherman
5:33 $0.99
5. Neck of The Bay
2:51 $0.99
6. Broken Window Blues
2:20 $0.99
7. Skies of Gray
4:26 $0.99
8. Standing on a Bridge
5:01 $0.99
9. My Fair Ruin
4:01 $0.99
10. Crows in The Meadow
2:29 $0.99
11. Green
2:38 $0.99
12. Cottonwood
3:17 $0.99
13. All our Hearts on Fire
4:31 $0.99
14. I released the Watchbird
3:32 $0.99
15. Rain of Days
4:38 $0.99
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Album Notes
" His fingerpicking and slide skills amaze and challenge listeners while his moving vocals draw them into the world of a true story teller.."
Cascade Blues Association Portland, OR 2006

CDBABY ***** five star rating review:

It's refreshing to hear traditional acoustic blues get a modern makeover and still maintain an allegiance to its roots. Sounds like a tall order, but the 15 tracks here are solid proof that it can be pulled off with moving, honest results. Using a precise and strong finger picking and slide style, McMurrian wastes no time showing that he is tremendously adept at both guitar and banjo, able to beautifully manipulate each instrument and give every song a unique sound. Adding to that, 14 of the 15 songs here are original compositions(the exception being the opening track, a wonderfully revamped take on the traditional "Going to Memphis to See Her There"), and 11 feature his equally jaw-dropping backing band. As if this wasn't enough, McMurrian's gravelly vocals and gray-tinted lyrics sync perfectly with the mood and feeling of each distinct offering, allowing this album to be varied and cohesive all at once.
CDBABY.com 2006

" I like your playing, you sure can rip on that Delta style son...."
Charlie Musslewhite 2004

Joe McMurrian is a Delta Blues/Roots songwriter 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. He incorporates the delta slide over a fluid finger style approach reminiscent of a Robert Pete Williams, Skip James or Bert Jansch with a rhythmic base out of R.L Burnside, Big Joe Williams and Roscoe Holcomb. He has been compared to such modern masters as Chris Smither and Kelly Joe Phelps, but has a voice all his own and a bag of visions and sounds true to his own experience and delivery.

Performed at/with..

Joe has performed at countless venues & numerous festivals Including the Portland Waterfront Blues Festival 2004,05,06, Portland Brewers Festival, Park City Utah Founders Tile Bluegrass and Folk Festival, Pasadena Blues Festival, String Summit and the Listening Room concert series in Los Angeles. He has performed with such luminaries as Paul Geramia, Keb Mo, Paul Livingstone, Eddie Kirkland, Louisiana Red, John McEuen, Charlie Musslewhite, Preacher Boy, HoneyBoy Edwards, Sonny Landreth, John Mayall, Anne Weiss & Little Charley and the Nightcats. Currently Joe lives in Portland Oregon and can be heard on radio stations KBOO 90.7 fm, KMHD 89.9fm, Kink 102 FM or can be spotted at any number of venues around town.


Joe McMurrian
Progressive Acoustic Blues

Announcing the release of Joe's new studio CD :

Rain of days
"Blues, Folk songwriter/guitarist Joe McMurrian has released a very impressive new collection of songs entitled Rain of Days. 15 tracks total, 14 originals, 11 with his impressive Portland based band: Jason Honl on Bass, Jason Stewart on Drums. David Lipkind of Spigot and I Can Lick Any SOB guests on three tracks with a masterfull harmonica flare. Joe's trademark acoustic guitar style is on display here in force, but never overpowers these gorgeously deep songs. His inventiveness with improvisational moments shine throughout this collection of songs. Four songs are solo spotlighting Joe's command of the lone guitar/voice. His subtle use of complex rhythmic overlays, slide and finger style imbelishments become a vehicle to propel the songs towards unexpected levels. The first track, Going to Memphis to See Her There, is an forcefull hats off to Fred McDowell, R.L Burnside and Big Joe Williams that starts the disk off to an impressive beginning. For the remaining 14 tracks, McMurrian delivers a rarely heard conglomeration of influences and original style driven by a high energy improvisational Blues based approach. Coated with a smolderingly smooth vocal delivery painting ethereal pictures of places, moments, relationships, memories and metaphysical observations. Like his contemporaries Alvin Youngblood Hart, Chris Smither, Kelly Joe Phelps, or the late Chris Whitley, Joe isn't content rehashin 70-year old licks. He's looking for, and finding new routes...while taking some old roads to get there.." Montana Arts and Culture Music review 2006

"Rural fingerstyle fluidity across a rhythmic delta intensity. An amazing listen...." Kpsu Radio Portland, OR



to write a review

Mike T

Great stuff!
This guy is really a find. My friend sent me his link awhile back and I'm glad to see him being reviewed by cdbaby.I love acoustic blues, but have had a hard time finding anything new and exciting. This guy McMurrian has really awsome tunes and some truely deep playing.

jill marona

Joe McMurrian looks to be a great new talent in blues.
Joe McMurrian looks to be a great new talent in blues. Acoustic players who are able to blend songwriting, guitar playing and style are very hard to find. His web site is great as well with I think one or two other cd releases that sound great as well. I haven't recieved this new one yet, but the clips alone are fantastic! Thanks Joe

jerry Kanser

There must be something in the water up there!
There must be something in the water up there in Oregon because this cd by Joe McMurrian is drenched with power and new territory for acoustic blues. I picked up this cd at one of joe's shows in Portland and I have to say that the cdbaby review is right on! Keep it up Joe we love it


Rain of Days is really great!
I've keep up on Joe's music over the past years with the internet and this album really prooves that he is a force to be watched in the blues/roots world to come. His music is emotional, hard driving, deep, welcoming and complex at the same time. The way in which he works with the band element here is very notable in the improvisational directness of the performance. Hendrix meets Skip James meets Fred McDowell meets Nick Drake meets John Hurt meets Bert Jansch meets Robert Pete Williams meets coltrane meets Dylan meets CHris SMither meets Kelly Joe Phelps meets Chris Whitley meets Leo Kotke meets John Fahey meets SOn House meets Buddy guy - meet Joe McMurrian.

tim simons loves acoustic blues!

WOW! what a descovery. This guy Joe McMurrian is like no other acoustic blues pl
WOW! what a discovery. This guy Joe McMurrian is like no other acoustic blues player/songwriter I've come across in a long time -if at all!
The cd Rain of Days is very very good. He plays finger style guitar with total skill and originality. I guess if I was to compare him to someone it would be Phelps, SMither or even the late Chris Whitley due to his power and force of emotion and delivery both vocally and musically. The first track is a truly great slide performance with an understated style something like bukka white or Fred mcdowell on a massive train surge. Others like Standing on a Bridge, Bogg dog or Rain of days are all very different stylistic takes on American roots/blues music without sounding regressive and ironic. The band that backs him on 11 of the tracks (bass, drums and sometime harmonica) are right there with him at every improvisational moment, really holding their own without sounding like just a backup band. Together they are taking blues/roots music to new heights rather than sticking to the same old twelve bar format or rehashing tired Charlie Patton styles. No chuga chuga my baby left me stuff here! The songwriting is very deep with references to the spirit, relationships, greed, society, crows, dogs etc. what else would you want.
For those who are really into acoustic players who know how to turn it up a notch while still swimming in the waters of tradition -this is the one to get!


Solid Artist
This was my first exposure to Joe's music, and I am glad I went out on a limb and purchased this disc. The most influential music, for me personally, is that which motivates me to continue making my own. Music with a beautiful, well conceived simplicity always moves me. Thanks to Joe for that, and thanks to CD Baby for pointing me in the right direction.


A great find
I first heard Joe's work live on a Portland Oregon Radio station. I am always concerned that the artist I heard live won't have more than 1 or 2 good songs on their CD. Uh-Unh! Joe delivers from top to bottom on this CD. The versatilty of his guitar work is great. Lyrics are very on point. C'mon, buy the disc for crying out loud!

Big Bad Jim

Great recording!
yes, very nice cd. The quality of the recording is quite good as is the music. It's smooth stuff with and edge to it at the same time with great guitar work and songwriting ta boot. Well worth the cash. Thanks Joe! see ya at the Eagle.

Troy Barnum

Breath it in people!
A new artist of considerable depth and style. He's one of the most intense performers I've ever seen live. His songs are deep and varied, based in blues and folk tradition, yet boldly elusive in scope and daring. This is a breath of fresh air to the acoustic blues lung. Breath it in people! TB


Recomended highly
This is a great cd. I just got it and it's not leaving my player any time soon! The guitar work is awsome as are the songs. Recomended highly. I give it six stars!
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