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Recorded in a little cabin on Snow Mountain in august 2014.
All songs are original compositions.

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released October 7, 2014

Old Blood

"Old Blood is more than just a great album, it is an acoustic masterpiece.." Cascade Blues Association, OR
cascadebluesassociation.org/joe-mcmurrian/

This album was recorded over a 4-day period in a small cabin up on Snow Mountain in Oregon during july 2014. A set of vintage mikes and a wood floor was all Joe needed to create this truly intimately seductive group of recordings with just his banjo, guitar and voice.

These recordings are smart, eloquent & modern yet soaked in the folk/blues tradition. McMurrian is a truly original virtuosic guitarist and deeply emotional, heart felt singer with original unique songs to match and while one voice and a single guitar could feasibly get redundant, it definitely does not here. His music transcends those seemingly limited aspects and wraps you in a exotic, powerful auditory Visual landscape.

The goal was to capture an intimate portrait of this music without any editing and in most cases the first take of the song. A series of vintage instruments were used: 1928 Regal Mahogany Acoustic square neck conversion, 1910 Buckbee 5 string Banjo, a 1931 no name parlor slot head plus a 1990 Gibson WM-00. The cabin was made of pine.

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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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