Calgary Bluesfest (2009)
"He's a ..red man, singing the black mans' blues, living in a white man's world! (from Colours)'. MURRAY PORTER is Mohawk, Turtle clan, born and raised on the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory in southern Ontario, North America. Through his blues he tells the Aboriginal side of history with a mixture of country, blues and humor. He's travelled the world for 30 years spreading his unique style of foot-stomping, hand clapping, NATIVE PIANO BLUES!!"
He started playing music as a teenager, in bars and nightclubs throughout Ontario and Western New York. Murray performed with THE PAPPY JOHNS BAND for 3 years and they were 2005 JUNO nominees for their release ‘Full Circle’, for which he wrote 7 songs, and winners of ‘Best Blues Recording’ at the 2004 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards. The Pappy Johns Band were also the second Canadian band ever invited to the prestigious Chicago Blues Festival in 2003, in its 20 year history. They also traveled to France in November 2005 to perform at Blues-sur-Seine in Mantes-la-Jolie, just west of Paris. The boys also wowed them at the Montreal International Jazz Festival and FestiBlues, both in Montreal in 2004.
Murray is now concentrating on a solo career in British Columbia. Murray has been compared to the likes of Dr. John, Joe Cocker and Delbert McClinton. He is a self-taught, singer, songwriter and piano player, who is one of Canada's best kept secrets!
In 1994, he launched a solo career. In 1995, Murray recorded his first solo album "1492, Who Found Who?" for First Nations Music (distributed by EMI), and toured Canada, the U.S., Australia, Egypt, Israel, Germany, and Haiti.
On September 16, 2007, Murray was the opening solo act for blues legends ETTA JAMES & HER ROOTS BAND, and B.B. KING at the Tulalip Amphitheatre in Washington State.