After a year of not performing,  during which he has unsuccessfully tried to find a treatment to reverse the numbness in his fingers; had an extensive, invasive 'nuts and bolts' procedure on the back of his neck; and after his amazing wife, Wendy, was diagnosed with colon cancer (successful tumor removal, now undergoing chemo to make sure the cancer is gone), Michael is back!   Admittedly, a bit unsettled about not having Wendy run the band's sound, as she has done for the past 20+ years, he is taking the stage again.  Big Dog has called on some of his best friends, who have all played with him in his former band, the MOB, to complete the trio, which he prefers, and continue, as he puts it, "down the road."  

Michael also says, "Continuing down the road is gonna find me playing more original music, a lot of which will be performed acoustically."  During the time off, he has been writing, and has challenged himself to move away from his beloved blues, for which he is best known, and enter a more, for lack of a better description, singer/songwriter style.   

So, watch the calendar, Michael will soon be headed to a venue near you!!  And his fans can't wait!  

A Different Shade Of Blues describes the creative and entertaining playing style of BLUES artist Michael “Big Dog” Murphy. His playing style is a more aggressive interpretation of the blues that is fueled by passion and guided by his heartfelt emotions. As he stays true to the feeling of the blues, Michael Murphy takes a different approach by delivering a mix of traditional with a twist for the unexpected.  

MICHAEL "BIG DOG" MURPHY AND FRIENDS (formerly known as THE MOB) is one of Wisconsin's best and longest running blues bands. Their longevity is a testament to their talent, creativity, and love of what they do. Simply put, they give life to their songs, both original and covers. These cats are not just entertainers. They are ARTISTS!

Artists don't think of themselves as entertainment unless it is part and parcel of their art. Rather they view themselves as interpreters of how they view the world, or better yet, how they view their world! And the MOB's world is music, more definitively, BLUES.

Murphy has been playing and singing most of his life. He loves to sing old classic rock, folk and the hard to classify - folk rock.  But as he says, "The blues is pretty much the soul of all American music styles." And he can definitely sing the blues.  

The road he has followed is fairly typical of his generation of artists, fueled by excess, and tempered by passion. But all through the good times and the dark times has remained an urgent desire to perform, to write, and to sing. Of his desire to play, [Murphy] says, "You know, it's like being on a therapist's couch when I'm on stage!"

Come spend an evening with these cats as they paint the night with colors from their palette of emotion, passion, and love of their craft, with brushes made of wood, steel and voice. The boys invite you to take a ride on what they call their BLUES TRAIN. It will take you down the rails of life where you just may find a stop in a town named after YOU!




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Michael "Big Dog" Murphy and the MOB's  video for Michael's original song "Hellbound."  This song is being used in Myles DuBay's independent film, "Holyland."





For booking, press, and general business inquiries should be directed to:  
Michael Murphy
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