Acoustic Blues for the Modern World Jay Brown Hosts Joe McMurrian Multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Jay Brown is a talent fully capable of commanding a room with his razor sharp lyrics and virtuosity, but once a month he shares the White Horse Black Mountain stage with other distinctive artists in his Mountain Made Music series. His guest for March is contemporary country blues/roots musician Joe McMurrian on Monday, March 20 at 7 p.m. Joe McMurrian grew up in the agricultural San Joaquin Delta of California, but it was ultimately the music of the Mississippi Delta that called to him. His family’s Oklahoma and Texas roots contributed other flavors to McMurrian’s musical gumbo, and one can hear echoes of the 78-era bluesmen, folk songs, and mountain music informed by an awareness of jazz sophistication and rock drive in Joe’s songs and covers. McMurrian’s fingerpicking slide guitar carries the authority of the old Delta players, but he takes full advantage of the the rhythmic possibilities of snapping strings, slide noise and the harmonic richness of overtones from behind the slide. His powerfully expressive voice has just the right amount of grit to let the listener know he’s truly invested in the stories he weaves. Joe McMurrian manages to conjure up the atmosphere of what folklorists sometimes call “the old, weird America” in a compellingly contemporary personal style. Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show calls Jay Brown “the most authentic songster to come out of the Carolina High Country since a man named Doc Watson”. A singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, he has hundreds of classic songs in his repertoire as well as a hundred-odd originals. Brown’s musical tastes and talents are wide ranging, as evidenced by his membership in the Boone-based roots band The Lazybirds, Indian-flavored world music group Shantavaani and early-jazz cats Swing Guitars. In 2007 he founded The Jay Brown One-Man-Band, in which he deftly handles vocals, guitar, harmonica, percussion and piano.