POWERS has opened for, performed or recorded with Jerry Portnoy, Stu Hamm, Anton Fig, Shawn Pelton, Johnny Winter, Pinetop Perkins, Buddy Miles, Expensive Winos, Charlie Torres, Stanley Jordan, Tom Jones, Bruce Springsteen, Chambers Brothers, Canned Heat, Gunhild Carling, Jackie Flavelle, Tom Jones, Hubert Sumlin, HoneyBoy Edwards, John Lee Hooker, Cherelles, The Holmes Brothers, Buckwheat Zydeco, Toots & the Maytels, Johnny Winter, Jaco Pastorius, The AdLibs and James Brown.
2007 5x Blues Music Awards (Memphis, TN): for CD's
"Onyx Root" (now on vinyl) & "Prodigal Son" (pre-Grammy nomination)
Born & raised in Bayonne, New Jersey, Michael Powers toured with the cult band "The AdLibs" and in 1975 recorded: BOY FROM NEW YORK CITY
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.
"Moonbeam" who performed extensively from 1975-1988, personnel: the late Michael "Beenie" Rachinsky (keys, bass) and Dennis "Papa Bear" Doslick (drums); 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.
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.
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.
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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.