Longtime Etta James guitarist Bobby Murray currently leads his own band. Based in Detroit, Bobby has played on three Grammy winning recordings - two w/Etta James and one w/BB King. When legendary Etta James was on the lookout for a blues guitarist to augment her Roots Band in 1988, it was Bobby Murray who got the call. Alternating his duties between Etta and his own band, the transplanted Californian's latest offering, "Stickin' With You" leads his Detroit-based blues ensemble into yet another soundscape of this distinctly American genre. "I'll always love Etta. To have played with such a musical giant and incredible singer is an honor to me that's beyond measure. She afforded me so many wonderful opportunities and I'm proud of being a part of an exceptional band. I'll always carry her with me. It was like family, for so many years." Bobby would later record with B.B. King and Robert Cray on the aptly titled "Playing With My Friends" on King's Grammy award-winning album, "Blues Summit." Blues and soul legends Murray has performed or recorded with include John Lee Hooker, Johnny Guitar Watson, Lowell Fulson, Taj Mahal, Otis Rush, Percy Mayfield, Charlie Musselwhite, Johnnie Taylor, Otis Clay, longtime friend and musical associate Frankie Lee, Sugar Pie Desanto, Mark Naftalin and a host of others. You can check out Bobby's guitar work on numerous Etta James recordings, including Grammy winners "Let's Roll" and "Blues to the Bone." Murray released his debut album "The Blues is Now" in 1996 on the now defunct Viceroy label. He moved to Detroit soon afterward and began recording and performing with the latest incarnation of the Bobby Murray Band. "The boy is bad!" - Etta James "He's so powerful, man!" - B.B. King "Bobby is the real deal - the product of a love for a tradition that he both honors and applauds." - David Ritz, Grammy award-winning writer and biographer Description


Barbara Payton is a sultry, Detroit rock singer/songwriter with a soulful, bluesy voice. Recognized as one of Detroit’s most powerful and engaging live performers, Barbara Payton has rocked stages, festivals, arenas and private listening rooms for more than 25 years. In addition to her solo career, Barbara has toured as a background singer for both Bob Seger and Kid Rock.


2013 Detroit Music Awards
■Outstanding Blues/R&B Vocalist – Barbara Payton
■Outstanding Blues Artist/Group – Barbara Payton & The Instigators
■Outstanding Rock/Pop Vocalist – Barbara Payton

LGBT Community of Michigan “Cultural Award” 2001- For outstanding contribution of time, talent, and pride. In support of the services and welfare of our community and people.

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BOBBY MURRAY Band will be joined by BARBARA PAYTON. The band will play one set and then perform a set with BARBARA. A very special night of music at Callahan's. Two of Detroit's leading musicians, BARBARA PAYTON & BOBBY MURRAY, appear together for a night of great music and Blues. PAYTON, leading female singer, has toured with the likes of Bob Seger and Kid Rock as well as leading her own band. MURRAY, long-time Etta James guitarist, recently has released a new solo CD "I'm Sticking With You" to strong reviews and sales. "Two For The Price of One," BARBARA PAYTON & BOBBY MURAY, one night only at Callahan's!

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