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Jody Carroll McMurrian

Jody Carroll McMurrian


Double Release Party for 'Back to the Country' (CD), and 'Live from the Asheville Guitar Bar' (download)

Jody Carroll McMurrian performs and creates Modern American Roots & Blues Music. He currently splits his time between Charleston, South Carolina and Asheville, North Carolina.
"You have to wonder if he didn't strike the same deal as delta shaman Robert Johnson..." - The Oregonian

"No cliché stuff here. No predictable, typical blues schlock here - only smart, eloquent, modern music that is at the same time well soaked in old weird American traditional music. Daring, original, deep, sweet, dark, exciting are some of the adjectives that come to one's mind when listening to him. You are greeted with a whirlwind of sounds that he creates with his guitar and voice. Deep as the wood’s and delta where he comes from, dark as the river water he grew up swimming in and uplifting as the traditional American melodies and stories he was raised with.." - L.A. Times - 'Get Inside This House'

Title track from the album 'Get Inside the House'. This album was awarded the title of Best Independent Blues Release by the International Blues Foundation. - 'Last Fair Deal' live, opening for Buddy Guy - 'Drop Down Mama' live at the Asheville Guitar Bar

JODY CARROLL McMURRIAN was born on April 5 1968 in an area called the San Joaquin Delta of California. It's a vast water filled area where the Antioch River, the Old River, The San Joaquin RIver and the Sacramento River all meet up to pour into the San Francisco Bay.

His family hails from Texas and the hills of Buffalo Valley Oklahoma on his father's side and Amarillo Texas on his mother's side.

Carroll grew up hearing whispers of old American music on the radio or from his fathers guitar. His grandfather (who also played guitar when he was young) had come from the remote rural Buffalo Valley hills of Oklahoma 20 years earlier with his family in tow. He and his brothers had been running whiskey in those hills one too many times and had been effectively asked to leave the state by the law. JC's grandfather left town and made his way over to California and then up to the bay area for work in the ship yards of Port Chicago.

Jody grew up in the 70's and 80's working on the families Northern California farm, building barns, riding horses, drawing, learning music from old blues and folk records.

His performances are a sight to behold as he effortlessly creates modern interpretations of old Blues masters, his own amazing songs and stories or improvisational musical journeys. It's like watching a Robert Johnson or Son House of old if they had been influenced by everything that came after them.

He is a Finger style/slide guitar master and amazingly soulful singer like no other. His ability to freeform in the moment to create constant new renditions of traditional songs and original material set's him far apart from others. He blends flavors of old country Blues, Folk, Hill Country music, Jazz and Rock all together into a true American gumbo.

Carroll's first guitar was his father's steel guitar that had languished for many years up in the attic until Joe found it. After secretly playing it for a while, he asked his father to teach him some old folk tunes that he had played in his early years and some lap slide licks. Joe took to it like a fish and was soon devouring all he could learn from the family record collection. After many years of playing in garage rock bands, Jody happened upon the Harry Smith Anthology of American Folk Music and the recordings of Robert Johnson. That sealed the deal as it were - he took off and never looked back into old America.

Jody Carroll McMurrian has toured with or shared the stage with legends such as Buddy Guy, David 'Honeyboy' Edwards, Jack Owens, Louisiana Red, R.L Burnside, Johnny Winter, John Mayall, Roy Rogers, George Thorogood, Jack Owens, Derek Trucks, Leo Bud Welch, Robert Cray, Roy Rogers, Keb Mo, Eddie Kirkland, Robin Trower, John McEuen , Charlie Musselwhite, Canned Heat, Robert Earl Keen, Sonny Landreth, Shemeka Copeland, Paul Geremia - and even members of Metallica once back in 1987!

Tickets available online until 4 pm day of the show.