The Alameda All Stars
Ian McMurray

[Ian McMurray] 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.

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Album Credits

Detroit Disciples
Saving Grace (2005) Buy now!
Stare Down The Dog (1996 - Outpost Records)

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