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Murali Coryell: Bio

Murali Coryell has a story that is unique and has been growing since before he was born. Held by Hendrix, lived with Santana, dinners with Miles Davis, opened for B.B. King , played with Buddy Guy: Murali Coryell is an artist that defies category. The latest CD release "Mr. Senator" is described by Guitar Player Magazine as "delightfully bluesy rock and soul". American Blues Scene has praised "Mr. Senator" as a "Timely Album" as it tackles political issues of today. Jimmy Webb , Judy Collins,  BIll Evans and Joe Louis Walker, or anyone familiar with Murali Coryell has praised his talents. Acclaimed by Billboard, CNN, Rolling Stone, & The New York Times, singer/guitarist/songwriter Murali Coryell is a rising force in contemporary American music. Murali Coryell is the son of jazz guitar legend Larry Coryell and author/actress Julie Coryell and grandson of TV, film and stage actress Carol Bruce. Murali has been dazzling audiences for years with passionate and dynamic live performances that always leave them wanting more.

Murali Coryell has an affinity for languages and culture. He speaks French, Spanish, and Russian which allows him to communicate his music and message to the audience. His musical talent has brought him to places such as Europe, Russia, Lebanon, Panama, Australia and the Caribbean.
In addition to performing his own original music, Murali has covered the songs of Sam Cooke, Al Green, Jimi Hendrix, Muddy Waters, Charles Mingus and Marvin Gaye.

 The 1999 landmark recording "2120" co-produced by Marshall Chess, paid tribute to the Chess Chicago blues classics. Another milestone CD for Murali was the 2009 release "Sugar Lips" with Grammy winning producer Tom Hambridge. Murali's voice and guitar has been heard on NBC's TV show "Crossing Jordan". Murali Coryell is a fully realized artist in complete control of a voice with soul to burn and the tastiest of guitar chops. Murali Coryell has been inducted into the New York Blues Hall Of Fame and was a 2014 BMA nominee for DVD of the year. Murali Coryell is excited about his latest release "Mr. Senator" and can't wait to see where this record takes him next. Murali Coryell continues to take The Blues forward and not be content to stay in one place.

Selected Discography:
1) Eyes Wide Open-1995 Big Mo Records
2) 2120-1999 CZYZ Records
3) The Coryells-2000 Chesky Records
3) Strong As I Need To Be-2003 Murali's Music Records
4) The Same Damn Thing-2008 Murali's Music Records
5) Sugar Lips-2009 Shake-It-Sugar Records
6) Live-2012 Shake-It-Sugar Records
7) Restless Mind-2014 Shake-It-Sugar Records
8) Mr. Senator-2016 Shake-It-Sugar Records

Murali is a triple threat contemporary blues artist who can sing, write and play guitar with the best in the business. As the son of guitar legend Larry Coryell, Murali grew up around the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, & Carlos Santana. Now with 8 CD’s to his credit. Murali Coryell graduated SUNY, New Paltz College in 1992 with a degree in Music Theory and Composition. In 1994, Murali got his first touring experience backing up Folk Music icon Richie Havens. In 1995, Murali joined Duke Robillard’s touring band and was quickly signed as a solo artist resulting in the stax/volt influenced “Eyes Wide Open”.  In 1999 Murali recorded “2120” for Marshall Chess in which Rolling Stone named Murali “One promising new hound”. In addition to touring with his own band, Murali has toured as a featured artist with Larry Coryell, Bill Evans, and Joe Louis Walker. "Murali’s 2009 CD release "Sugar Lips" reached # 5 in 2010 on the Living Blues Radio Chart and was recorded in Nashville with Tom Hambridge Grammy winning producer of Buddy Guy. Cortney Harding of Billboard called it “one sweet triptych across the musical map”. The 2014 release “Restless Mind” recorded in Austin, TX has been described by many as some of Murali’s best work to date. Building on a successful musical and recording formula in Austin, Murali has released the next chapter of his recording career with the 2016 release "Mr. Senator" with special guests saxophonist Bill Evans, bassist Tony Levin and guitarist/vocalist Louie Ortega. Murali Coryell was inducted into the New York State Blues Hall Of Fame in 2013 and was a 2014 BMA Nominee for DVD of the year, Murali Coryell-"Live"

"Stevie Ray Vaughn meets James Brown meets Gladys Knight." John Barry/Poughkeepsie Journal

"Mr. Coryell fires on all cylinders, track after track, with strong originals, his reliably soulful vocals and subtly dazzling, fluid solos". Duane Verh/Roots Music Report.

"Warm embracing R&B to soothe the soul music fans". Steven Wine/Associated Press.

"One Promising New Hound"-James Hunter/Rolling Stone Magazine

Murali has been featured in Guitar Player Magazine and has endorsements with Fender Musical Instruments, D’Addario Strings, & Sennheiser Microphones. Listen to the Murali Coryell channel on Pandora. Like Murali on Facebook and visit Murali’s official website @

Murali Coryell

Son of jazz-rock fusion guitar legend Larry Coryell and author/actress Julie Coryell, contemporary soul blues artist Murali Coryell grew up surrounded by great music - by the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis and Carlos Santana. Murali began playing drums at age 8 and continued through junior high school.  He started playing guitar after discovering the blues in his early teens.  "I was into the music of Led Zeppelin, particularly a minor blues tune called 'Since I've Been Loving You'.  My dad told me if I wanted to hearsome REAL blues to get B.B. King's 'Live At The Regal' which to this day, I consider one of the greatest recordings ever made.  The emotion and sadness in B.B. King's voice and guitar really spoke to me.  That's When I first picked up a guitar." He took lessons for a while but picked up most of what he learned from listening to the music of other blues guitar greats...besides B.B., from early Clapton, Albert Collins, Jimi Hendrix and Albert King.
The big turning point in Murali's musical career came at age 15 when he attended the National Guitar Summer Workshop in Connecticut.  "For the first time in my life I got serious about my music.  I started playing all the time.  I got into jazz."  He joined a jazz ensemble at college, studied classical guitar and graduated with a degree in music theory and composition.  He founded a soul/blues band, The Ambassadors, in upstate New York in the late 80s.  The band quickly became a regional favorite in New York's Hudson Valley area.  In the summer of '94, while a faculty member at the Guitar Workshop, Murali met Duke Robillard who was teaching a master class. Robillard heard me sing at a concert and asked to sit in with my band.  He called me a month later and hired me as second guitarist for his upcoming world tour.  He featured me on a couple of vocal tunes, Ray Charles' 'I Got A Woman' and Albert King's 'The Hunter'". Soon after, Murali was signed by the fledgling Big Mo Records label as a solo artist resulting in his Stax/Volt influenced debut CD, “Eyes Wide Open”  In 1999 Murali recorded “2120” for Marshall Chess' CZYZ label.  Rolling Stone magazine named Murali “One promising new hound”.  Since that time he's released several albums including 2003's "Strong As I Need To Be", 2005's "The Future Of Blues", the solo
acoustic album "Don't Blame It On Me" in 2007, 2008's "The Same Damn Thing" and 2009's "Sugar Lips" as well as a collaboration with his father Larry and brother Julian "The Coryells" (2000/Chesky Records).
In additon to performing with his own group, Murali has toured as a featured artist with award winning blues artist Joe Louis Walker, Saxophonist Bill Evans and his father, jazz guitar legend Larry Coryell.
"He can play beer-soaked blues until last call, and he can also hang
 with more pop-tinged material-think a grittier, bluesier John Mayer."
 (Mark Uricheck/Living Blues"