Ian McMurray's blues-rock approach endears him to his fans
as a no-nonsense, shoot-from-the-hip roots player and singer. His
long run in professional music has taken him from the early SF Bay
Area clubs such as the Longbranch, Orphanage, and Keystone Korners,
to such venues as the Mystic Theater and Last Day Saloon in the SF
North Bay. Along the way he has also opened for acts like Tommy
Castro, Clarence Clemmons, Elvin Bishop, the
Sons of Champlain and KISS' first SF appearance
at Bill Graham's legendary Winterland. In 1974 Ian
worked at Alembic Studios recording tracks with producer Jim
Furman (founder of Furman Sound), and in 1978 his band Metro
Rangers laid down tracks at Francis Ford Coppola's
sound studio. Ian's guitar influences include the obvious
(Beck, Clapton, Hendrix and Page) to
the under-rated (Peter Green, Rory Gallagher and
Roy Buchanan) to the contemporary (Mark Knoppfler and
Buddy Miller). His guitar banter with fellow All Star Mark Burghstahler is a fan
favorite. Ian's singing talents also compliment the AAS
stage act with his ability to both harmonize and throw down leads,
courtesy of his deep-felt vocals which take a page from Van
Morrison, as well as contemporaries such as John Hiatt.
An Alameda All Stars alumnus for 15 years, Ian McMurray
is also known as the front man for the Detroit Disciples,
whom Ian co-founded along with fellow AAS veteran
Paul "Boom Boom" Burke in 1988. Two albums were released,
"Stare Down the Dog" (1996) and "Saving Grace" (2005) with a couple
of the songs ending up on the film soundtrack for "Second to Die"
from Myriad Films, and the ballad "Bordertown" getting local airplay.
In addition to being a songwriter, singer, and guitarist, Ian
also works as a DJ for radio station KWMR in Point Reyes station.
The Detroit Disciples have a myspace page:
Detroit Disciples @ MySpace
Saving Grace (2005) Buy now!
Stare Down The Dog (1996 - Outpost Records)
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