Murray Porter

Murray Porter

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"I'm a Red Man, Singing the Black Man's Blues, Living in a White Man's World"...those were the words from my original song `Colours', and that describes me to a T. I'm a singer/songwriter/musician who's been playing the blues for 30 years all over the world.

Biography

"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 (www.myspace.com/pappyjohnsband) for 3 years, and is now concentrating on a solo career in British Columbia. He has been compared to the likes of Dr. John, Joe Cocker and Delbert McClinton. Murray is a self-taught, singer, songwriter and piano player, who's spent the last 30 years playing the blues.

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.

NEWS FLASH!!! Murray will be the opening act (solo keyboards and vocals) for ETTA JAMES and B.B. KING at the Tulalip Amphitheatre, Marysville, Washington, on September 16, 2007.

In 2006 in Vancouver, he's performed at the Aboriginal Day Celebrations, the Vancouver Urban Aboriginal Awards and at `An Evening with Susan Aglukark' with Don Burnstick, Eaglesong Dancers, and Murray performed solo on a baby grand piano centre stage! He also performs regularly with the All-Star Blues Review, and Blues Power at the Yale Blues Club, and at Capones Restaurant & Live Jazz Club in Yaletown.

On August 18 & 20th, 2006, Murray performed at the "Out of Doors Festival", at the LINCOLN CENTER in New York City at their `23rd Annual Roots of American Music Festival', on a 10 foot grand piano, with Sipho Kunene on drums. Also performing were Blues Greats, Mavis Staples, Guy Davis, Larry Johnson and Bettye LaVette, to name a few fabulous blues folks performing. Also, on August 17th, at "Native Sounds Downtown" at the NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN, in New York City.

Murray reunited with his fellow Six Nations blues musicians, The Pappy Johns Band, for one recording Full Circle. Together, they not only recorded a critically acclaimed album `Full Circle’, but also have performed in prestigious concerts and festivals throughout Canada, the U.S., and a blues festival in France. They performed at Blues sur Seine in Mantes-la-Jolie, France in November 2005, making their European Festival debut.

AWARDS:
With The Pappy Johns Band,`Full Circle' was nominated for a 2005 JUNO Award for Aboriginal Recording of the Year. The band won Best Blues Album at the 2004 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards for Full Circle, in November 2004. In 1999 he won `Songwriter of the Year’ at the first ever Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards. Also a finalist in the 2003 International Songwriting Competition for blues, and was a nominee for Songwriter of the Year, for the 2004 Maple Blues Awards, Canada’s national blues awards.

REZ BLUEZ TV:
Murray also made his television hosting and writing debut on Rez Bluez TV, a 13 part performance series broadcasting in 2005/2006 on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN www.aptn.ca), SUN-TV (http://suntv.canoe.ca) and the BRAVO Canada channel. In addition, he wrote and performed the theme song for the series.

In March 2007, Murray also performed and was also on the writing team for season 2 of REZ BLUEZ TV. He played new original songs, plus some of his Rez classic tunez, accompanied by the Helen Duguay Band. In addition for Rez Bluez 2, Murray also performed with HELEN DUGUAY, SHAKTI HAYES, and KEITH SECOLA. REZ BLUEZ 2 was shot in HD high definition, and 5.1 surround sound, and will be coming back to the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network and SUN-TV in Canada, in the Fall of 2007...WATCH FOR IT!!

REZ BLUEZ WORKSHOPS:
Murray also participated in Rez Bluez workshops which explored the Native influence on the formation of the early blues at Planet IndigenUS, Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, and at Blues sur Seine, Mantes-la-Jolie, France. www.sonicbids.com/murrayporter

SOLO CONCERTS & T.V. APPEARANCES:
• All-Star Blues Revue & Blues Power at the Yale, Vancouver, B.C. 2006-7
• `An Evening with Susan Aglukark & Friends'; Don Burnstick, Eaglesong Dancers, North Vancouver, B.C., November 30/06
• Pow Wow Cruise to Mexico, September 25-28/06
• Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts "Out of Doors Festival" for their `23rd Annual Roots of American Music Festival', New York City, August 18 & 20, 2006
• National Museum of the American Indian, New York City, August 17
• Nanaimo Blues Festival, B.C., August 13, 2006
• MusicFest in Alert Bay, British Columbia, July 23, 2006
• All-Star Blues Review with Jerry Doucette & Joani Bye, The Yale,

Lyrics

Meat on the Bone

Written By: Murray Porter

I don’t want no woman, ain’t got no meat on her bones
Don’t want no skinny woman, ain’t got no meat on her bones
If you’re a woman like that
Keep your skinny ass at home

She’s heavy at the hip, but she’s easy on the eyes
My baby’s heavy at the hip, and she’s easy on the eyes
And the best thing about her
Is those tree trunk thighs

BRIDGE:
I want a woman that can give me shade
In the summertime
I want a woman that can keep me warm
On the coldest night

SOLOS:

I don’t like fried eggs, but I like chicken fine
Don’t like no little wee poached eggs, but I like chicken fine
Just give me two big breasts, and I’ll have a good time

I don’t want no woman, ain’t got no meat on her bones
Don’t want no scrawny little woman, ain’t got no meat on her bones
If you’re a woman like that, If you’re a woman like that, If you’re a woman like that
Keep your skinny ass at home

Colours

Written By: Murray Porter

A man came up to me a long time ago,
Said boy, where’d you get them blues?
Chicago, Memphis, Tennesse, or maybe down in Baton Rouge
I had to laugh, I shook my head, said son you would never believe
I grew up hard, I grew up mean, but it wasn’t down in New Orleans

CHORUS
My ghetto was the Reservation, gravel roads instead of paved
Plants and trees instead of concrete and steel, but some things are the same
Can’t find no job, can’t find no way out
Lord I paid my dues
You see I’m a Red Man, singing the Black Man’s blues, living in a White Man’s world
I’m a Red Man, singing the Black Man’s blues, living in a White Man’s world

SOLO

Ten thousand years, we lived our lives in harmony with Mother Earth
Taking only what we need to survive, not using her for all she’s worth
It only took five-hundred years for our Mother to get this way
And for the love of the almighty buck, people kill each other every day

CHORUS

REPEAT

END

My Baby's Crazy

Written By: Murray Porter

My baby cries when she’s happy
Sometimes she laughs when she’s sad
Sometimes she’s just like an angel
Sometimes she can be so bad

She don’t like too many people
But she can’t stand to be alone
She likes the nightlife
But she loves to stay at home

Chorus:
My Baby’s crazy
That’s plain to see
My Baby’s crazy
But it’s only for me

My baby loves her independence
She don’t need nothing from me
All she is wants is what I give her
And all I need she gives to me

She can be your best friend now
Or your worst enemy
She likes to be loved
But she loves loving me

CHORUS

My baby thinks about the future
But she lives in the past
She is my present
What more could one man ask

I’m the first thing that she thinks of
Yet the last on her mind
She is my reason
Baby is my rhyme

CHORUS

END

Rez Bluez

Written By: Murray Porter


CHORUS
Rez Bluez, Rez Bluez
Rez Bluez, Rez Bluez
Every kinda people got every kinda blues
But a Red Man’s got Rez Bluez

SOLO

Go to work every day, for that minimum wage
There’s a guy, blonde hair, blue eyes
Just about your age
Hasn’t worked there half as long as you
He makes twice as much money as you do

CHORUS

SOLO

After work, I go home, make myself a drink
Grab a glass, a few ice cubes, walk over to the sink
My old lady says that I ought notta
You’ll get sick if you drink that water

CHORUS

Lost my job, my woman left, she took all my stuff
She left town with my best friend and if that wasn’t enough
Took my dog and my guitar too, all she left me was a case of the blues

CHORUS

That Man Was Me

Written By: Murray Porter

She gave me the world
And the universe agreed
She gave me her heart
And that’s all that I need
She was my best friend
But I couldn’t see
She needed a good man
And that man was me

I wasn’t thinking
I was a fool
She was right there beside me
But I was too cool
It was almost too late
When I realized
Just what I had
And what I denied

She gave me the world
And the universe agreed
She gave me her heart
And that’s all that I need
She was my best friend
But I couldn’t see
She needed a good man
And that man was me

We both knew it
But we weren’t free
We both had commitments
But love’s meant to be
I was afraid
To follow my dreams
Then came the day
I set my love free

She gave me the world
And the universe agreed
She gave me her heart
And that’s all that I need
She was my best friend
But I couldn’t see

She needed a good man
She needed a good man
She needed a good man
And that man was me

Discography

- "Aboriginal Blues Live @ The Yale", `Colours', and `Crying in my Sleep' by Murray Porter - June 21/06 Vancouver, B.C.

- “Blues sur Seine 2005 Festival compilation-France” `Make Your Mind Up’ by Murray Porter with The Pappy Johns Band

- “Toronto Blues Society 20th Anniversary compilation 2005” `Meat on the Bone’ written by Murray Porter, with The Pappy Johns Band, Toronto Blues Society, May 2005

- “Full Circle” The Pappy Johns Band, Independent, November 2003

- “Skin Tight Blues” A First Peoples Blues Compilation Sweet Grass Records/EMI Music Canada, July 15, 2002 `Colours’ written by Murray Porter

- "1492, Who Found Who?" EMI/First Nations Music, 1995

- “The Legends Project: I Am An Eagle” First Nations Music, 1996 (recited legend and sang “Heart of the Eagle”) Aboriginal musicians compilation of Stories, Legends and Song

Set List

- 20 to 90 minutes of original material, with maximum of 3 covers.