2023 WISCONSIN AREA MUSIC INDUSTRY AWARDS NOMINEE
FOR BEST MALE VOCALIST AND BEST BLUES ARTIST.
A soulful experience music enthusiasts crave, Michael “Big Dog” Murphy delivers powerful blues stylings rich with storytelling and passion that can only be developed over a lifetime. A versatile artist comfortable taking the stage solo or with his band, Murphy transports listeners to a place of deep feeling, using an intricately woven combination of stories and melodies that showcase a deep reverence to the American icons that built this genre. His appeal is universal, as Murphy has the unique ability to connect with audience members, young and old. From a corner in a club to mainstage at a festival, Murphy is a Wisconsin musical treasure beloved by listeners.
“As you watch him play, you may notice that the majority of the time he closes his eyes and listens to something deep inside. ” - Frank "Frog" Seebantz
— Frogwayz Productions
My new CD "Black, Two Sugars" is out and available on the website store.
Black, Two Sugars
Dog House Records
'Black,Two Sugars' marks a return to his roots as a solo musician. There is nothing "cookie-cutter" about Michael Murphy. This guy has the heart of a poet, the soul of the old-school songster or bluesman, and the ability as a wordsmith and storyteller to bring it all together.
- Bill Wilson, Reflections In Blue. May, 2022
Michael Murphy’s ‘Black, Two Sugars’ is a contemplative-reflection of life - bitter, sweet and bitter-sweet and absolutely perfect no matter how you take your music.
Murphy combines his mastery of the blues with that of a latter-year, Cash-esque outlaw country vibe that stirs the music and the soul of the listener.
- John Jordan, 105.7 WAPL Home Brewed