Bobby Murray

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Bobby Murray Band
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Background Information




Blues, Soul, Rock

Years Active

1994 - Present


Bobby Murray - guitar
Lenny Watkins - Vocals
Kris Kurzawa - guitar
Renell Gonsalves - drums
Dale Grisa - keys - vocals
Mark LoDuca Sr. - bass & vocals.

The Bobby Murray Band is a Blues, Rock, Soul Band that Bobby Murray started after he moved to Detroit from California in the Mid 1990's

About Bobby Murray


Murray was born in Nagoya, Japan, to an Irish father and a Japanese mother. Growing up in a military family setting, he was later raised in Tacoma, Washington. Murray attended the same high school as Robert Cray, and they engaged Albert Collins to play at the school’s graduation party.

He started his musical career playing in the blues clubs in the San Francisco Bay Area, having originally formed an ensemble that became Robert Cray and the Crayolas. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Murray supplied guitar backing for Frankie Lee and Sonny Rhodes. He also at various times appeared on the same stage as Albert Collins, Charlie Musselwhite, Otis Rush, Jimmy Witherspoon, and John Lee Hooker. In 1988, he was invited to join Etta James’ backing ensemble, the Roots Band. Murray worked with her for more than two decades. His other playing and recording duties have seen Murray work with Albert King, Johnny “Guitar” Watson, Taj Mahal, Percy Mayfield, Sugar Pie DeSanto, and Lowell Fulson.

He appeared on B.B. King’s Grammy Award recognised album, Blues Summit, where he again teamed up with Cray on the track, “Playing With My Friends.” Murray also played guitar on James’ Grammy winning recordings, Let’s Roll and Blues to the Bone. In addition, Murray played on the Etta James song, “Blues is My Business”, which was used in the television drama series, The Sopranos.

Through his work with James, Murray appeared on other television programs such as The Tonight Show, Austin City Limits and Late Night with David Letterman. On stage he played at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, the WOMAD Festival, and the inaugural celebration for Bill Clinton being elected as the 42nd President of the United States.

Murray’s debut album, The Blues is Now (1996), featured Frankie Lee and Freddie Hughes on vocals. The Allmusic journalist, Thom Owens, commented about Murray’s work on the recording, “he’s a fine guitarist, as he proves here, turning out jazzy, classy solos that separate him from the rest of the crowd.” In 1999, the follow-up album, Waiting for Mr. Goodfingers…, was issued by No Cover Productions. A live album, Live & Lowdown! was released in May 2006.

Bobby’s latest recording, “I'm Stickin' With You,” features eleven songs written by Murray and performed with his longtime band -- Mark Thibodeau on keyboards and vocals, Dave Uricek on bass and vocals and Renell Gonsalves on drums.

In 2011, the Detroit Blues Society gave Murray a Lifetime Achievement Award. For the outstanding contributions that he has made throughout his career.


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