As a composer and a guitarist, J.J. Murphy brings a soulful vitality to contemporary music. His sound is a contemplative blend of folk, blues, and jazz-often channeling modern luminaries such as Bill Frisell and Ry Cooder while evoking music from the traditional American vernacular. Frequent collaborator Ryan Connors (Dynamo) defines Murphy's style as “the blues-inspired rawness of Eric Clapton with the jazz vocabulary and sensitivity of Bill Frisell.”
In May 2014, Murphy earned an M.M. in performance from Belmont University in Nashville, where he studied with guitarist/composer Mike Valeras. Murphy has traveled the country, playing venues large and small—from NYC’s historic Rockwood Music Hall to Nashville’s legendary 3rd & Lindsley—captivating audiences with his versatile style.