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Blues Birthday

Matt "Guitar" Murphy may be best recognized as the short-order cook who walks out on an angry Aretha Franklin in 1980s Blues Brothers movie ("The Blues Brothers? Shiiit! They still owe you money, fool"). But the barrel-chested guitar-slinger had been an innovator of the genre long before Belushi and Aykroyd tapped him for their all-star band. Back in the day, he recorded with blues greats such as Bobby "Blue" Bland, Howlin' Wolf, and, most memorably, Memphis Slim, with whom he had a 20-year association. Murphy’s jazzy, stinging leads added sophistication and deep blues feeling to whatever he played. Now living in Miami, and recovering from the effects of a stroke in 2003, Murphy continues to perform his signature licks, and is looking forward to an upcoming CD and documentary DVD. For his Blue Tuesday performance at Boston's on the Beach (40 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach), he'll be joined by guitarist and vocalist Tim O'Donnell's Port Salerno-based Nouveaux Honkies. Murphy's show is part of a weeklong musical celebration — all gratis — honoring the seaside venue's 30th birthday. Blue Tuesday starts at 8:30 p.m. Call 561-278-3364 or visit
Tue., Oct. 20, 8:30 p.m., 2009
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Bob Weinberg

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