Matt 'Guitar' Murphy
Calgary Bluesfest (2012)

Matt Murphy was born in Sunflower, Mississippi and was educated in Memphis, where his father worked at the Peabody Hotel. He played with Howlin' Wolf as early as 1948, Little Junior Parker was also in the band at the time). By 1952, Murphy was in Chicago, where he began his long association with Memphis Slim by playing on his dates for United Records and Vee Jay Records, including the album, At The Gate of Horn (1959).

He was already a legend among serious guitarists by the 1960s, famed for the incredibly fast and intricate blues riffs that would soon change rock and roll. A partial list of artists with whom Matt has performed with include Robert Lockwood Jr., Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, Little Junior Parker, Ike Turner, Memphis Slim, James Cotton, Otis Rush, Etta James, Sonny Boy Williamson II, Chuck Berry, Joe Louis Walker, the Zaichik Brothers and The Blues Brothers. He played with some of these bands for many years (for example, 20 years in a row with Memphis Slim), while others were just sessions during his work at Chess Records.

He can be seen in the films The Blues Brothers and Blues Brothers 2000, where he plays Aretha Franklin's hen-pecked husband. Work thereafter with The Blues Brothers turned him into one of the best-known blues guitarists in the United States.

Matt 'Guitar' Murphy has been touring of late with his old friend and bandmate James Cotton as well as using his protege, Tim O'Donnell's band for backup. Recently Matt his tried his hand at designing a new guitar in conjunction with Delaney Guitars in Powder Springs, GA.



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