MICHAEL "MURCH" POWERS

MICHAEL POWERS

VOCALS, GUITARS: ACOUSTIC- ELECTRIC- HOLLOW BODY- STEEL

my blues can make you cry, dance, dream, ponder, pray

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POWERS has recorded, performed with, or opened for Johnny Winter, Pinetop Perkins, Buddy Miles, Expensive Winos, Stanley Jordan, Tom Jones, Bruce Springsteen, Chambers Brothers, Canned Heat, Gunhild Carling, Jackie Flavelle, Hubert Sumlin, HoneyBoy Edwards, John Lee Hooker, Cherelles, The Holmes Brothers, Buckwheat Zydeco and even James Brown.

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Born & raised in Bayonne, New Jersey, Michael Powers toured with the cult band "The AdLibs" and in 1975 recorded: BOY FROM NEW YORK CITY

 

Bayonne is a global military oceanal.  Working at his Dad's restaurant, on payday, Wolfsons Record Store is where Michael headed.  He then traded records with Sailors from Liverpool England. Growing tired of cleaning up the straw from young Michael's "air guitar" on her broom, his Mom traded in her Catalogue stamps for his first guitar. While delivering soda to "Max' Tavern" for his dad, Michael meets performer JIMMY REED with his wife.  Jimmy showed Michael his first "A-bare chord".  His Mom recognized her Son's prodigy and sent Michael for guitar tuning at Piero's Music Store.  

Summers spent with relatives in North Carolina on tobacco fields consistently exposed Michael to segregation, but evenings were filled with blues porchmen, their harmonicas and guitars. 

 

Eventually little Murch's school band "Apple Core" opened for both "Steel Mill" (Bruce Springsteen) and headliner JAMES COTTON in the late 1960's. James Cotton hires Michael as guitarist.

 


Murch's early 1970's band "Red, White & Black" worked day jobs, but still played EVERY night - Personnel: Stanley Kasper, Michael Bernardski, Joe Scudder, Jimmy Rath & Sal Morinello. 

Murch begins to co-compose music with his various bands. "Nineteen76" is dedicated to his late (first) wife. 
"Lookin For the Truth" is dedicated to his former band ...

 

 

 "Moonbeam" who performed extensively from 1975-1988, personnel: the late Michael "Beenie" Rachinsky (keys, bass), Dennis "Papa Bear" Doslick (drums) and Tony "Bug" Bugman (vocals, guitar).  "Rock 'n Roll Sweater (now Bleecker Street Strut)" is dedicated to the Bayonne Beauties, Big Apple Lounge, Mr. L's Brothers Tavern and Max Tavern. 1977 Moonbeam Articles.

 

 

Murch's "Chelsea Blues Band" opens at Terra Blues club in 1989... Personnel: Steve Marshall-bass, harmonica and Jodi-drums/ percussions. 

 

POWERS' "Powder Keg Band" stayed at Terra Blues for a decade, up until the 9-11 attacks.

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Songs "Bluesiana" and "Street Corner Rhapsody" are Murch's POWDER KEG BAND and these two recordings are on his "BLUESIANA BREEZE 3 DECADES - CD (100% originals) -  dedicated to, and named by his late mother.

Personnel:  Buddy Case-steel pedal g./courtesy Motown; Luigi Franconi-drums; Vic Washingon-organ and Marco Petrilli-bass

The POWDER KEG BAND  are also found on PUMPING HOT (Bombeando Caliente) LIVE CD - on duplicate track: STREET CORNER RHAPSODY and title track: PUMPING HOT.


Michael signed with Smooth Records and records "Brick Wall" a vinyl LP, with The Brian Adams rhythm section.

2002 Michael tours Russia and "LIVE IN LATVIA CD" is recorded live.
This CD is not for sale, as the sound quality is of a small recorder, in a basement, never meant to be sold. The one original song: "REVOLUTIONARY BOOGIE" was re-recorded in 2010 as the Title Track, with his new Band: "FREQUENCY"

 

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In 2004
MICHAEL POWERS
signs with Baryon Records and releases the ONYX ROOT CD in 2005 which garners two W.C. Handy Award nominations.  In 2007 PRODIGAL SON is released, garnering three Memphis Blues Music Award nominations, including Song of the Year, as well as a pre-Grammy nomination, both for title track.

 

F A I T H

 MESSAGE IN MUSIC SAVES A FAN FROM SUICIDE; LIVING WITH DIABETES 

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 2006 Michael Powers receives the "Eddie Durham Living Legend-Master Guitarist" Award at the "Durham Centennial Festival" in San Marcos, Texas USA.


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His Band "MICHAEL POWERS FREQUENCY" regularly performs at Terra Blues, with personnel: Barry Harrison drums and Jeremy Heuler upright bass/fiddle. 

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