Live at the Aztec Theater

by Joe McMurrian

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This is Joe’s first full live album. It was recorded at the historic Aztec Theater in Aztec New Mexico on September 20th 2014. The night was warm and the stars filled the ancient night sky. Joe decided to record his show here because of his deep interest in ancient culture and tradition. Here you will hear him in his element, live in front of an enthusiastic crowd performing mostly traditional material in his own unique way. These are the traditional songs that Joe always performs in his shows, yet have not made it to his studio albums. They represent his homage to the masters of Delta blues, Hill music and Old Weird American folk. Sprinkled in are some of his classics and a few new tunes. Sit back and enjoy the power of one man with a guitar and banjo, stomping on the stage floor and telling stories into the night.

Aztec and the immediate area have been occupied and used for over 1,000 years. Ancestral Puebloans reached their peak around 1100 A.D. Approximately 200 years later the area was abandoned for reasons that are unclear. Theories include a 23-year drought that began in 1276, and/or continuous raids by enemy tribes. The area was not used extensively again until the 1500s with the arrival of the hunting/gathering Navajo (or "Dine"), a nomadic people from the north.
On the west bank of the Animas River stands Aztec Ruins National Monument a UNESCO World Heritage site that was built in the 12th century by ancestral Puebloans using stone and mortar to create massive masonry and huge apartment houses. The main ruin covers two acres, stands three stories high and contained 500 rooms averaging 10 by 12 feet. An enclosed plaza is dominated by a Great Kiva. Tree ring dating indicates most of the pueblo was built from 1110-1115 A.D. Evidence indicates that the builders were related to people of the Chaco Culture located at Chaco Canyon to the south.

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released October 7, 2014

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Joe McMurrian Portland, Oregon

McMurrian is a singer-songwriter in the American tradition. McMurrian is known for his superb songwriting, guitar wizardry, warm soulful vocals, wit and unforgettable live performances.


"McMurrian plays mystic, conjuring up the dark side of the heart armed only with a guitar and voice. You have to wonder if he didn't strike the same deal as Delta shaman Robert Johnson."
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