Alpena Blues Festival - The Bobby Murray Band
The Bobby Murray Band at the Alpena Blues Festival in Northern Michigan.
"Bobby’s is well known among those that are acquainted with the genre as one of blues music’s elite guitarists. If you’ve seen or heard the late Etta James on The Sopranos, The Tonight Show, Austin City Limits, Late Night w/Letterman or performing from Carnegie Hall to the Grand Ole Opry then chances are you’ve heard or seen Bobby. Bobby played and toured with Etta James for twenty-two years and has performed on three Grammy-winning recordings; two with Etta James and one with B.B. King. Since Etta’s untimely passing in early 2012, Bobby continues to be inspired by his longtime boss and fondly remembers getting the call when Etta was looking for a blues guitarist to augment her Roots Band in 1988. Bobby says “I'll always love Etta. To have played with such a musical giant and incredible singer is an honor to me that's beyond measure. For the outstanding contributions that he has made throughout his career, Bobby was recently awarded the Detroit Blues Society’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. Joining him at the Festival are Lenny Watkins on vocals, Dave Uricek on Bass, Mark Thibodeau on keys, and Renell Gonsalves on drums." - Quoted from the Alpena Program Booklet
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Here is a shot with Bobby after his set in Alpena.