Blues Man Murray Porter’s music career has taken him all over the world for the last 35+ years. He’s a proud Mohawk man from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory in southern Ontario, who now lives on Squamish Nation territory in North Vancouver, British Columbia.
Murray may have a blues soul to the core, but he also grew up on rock and roll, R & B and country music. Porter’s first CD since his 2012 JUNO Award for ‘Aboriginal Album of the Year’ is titled, “STAND UP!” and reflects these early musical influences. He strongly feels that this next album is some of his best music to date.
His new music is a little bit of protest songs, a little bit of love songs, and a little bit of fun songs. Murray’s well respected in both the Indigenous and Blues music communities. His voice is as smooth as a velvet growl.
The new songs address many issues facing Indigenous People today including: ‘No More’ (Idle No More movement); ‘Highway 16’ (Murdered & Missing Indigenous Women & Girls); ‘Don’t Let Go’ (Suicide prevention); ‘The Water’ (State of the water today in Indigenous communities); ‘In the Same Canoe’ (Unity amongst all People). Plus, in true Murray Porter fashion, he has some tongue-in-cheek songs and heartfelt songs about Love: ‘Please Stay Gone’; ‘Some Day I’ll Never Learn’; ‘Two Hearts One Soul’; ‘Love Will Find a Way’.
Whether he is playing an intimate venue for local blues fans, as a solo, duo, trio or with his four-piece band, or on a festival stage to thousands of music aficionados, Porter’s love of performing comes across clear and strong. He has been compared to Dr. John, Joe Cocker and even Elton John! Robbie Robertson has called Porter “a master bluesman.” He captivates audiences wherever he performs and makes new fans…and they never leave his show disappointed.