Jack Dempsey and Elvis Murphy

Performing: 1/19 2:00pm

It's tough to say how long Jack Dempsey has been around, but early recordings suggest his musical career began on Maxwell Street in the mid-1970s. Back then, Dempsey was seen as a musical protégé by the greats of the Chicago blues scene. While forming his own unique sound that would later become known as "Dempsey Blues," Jack traded licks and studied the likes of James Cotton, Buddy Guy, Greg Parker and Bo Diddley. Jack Dempsey (the band) is comprised of Dempsey on guitar and vocals, and Lorenzo "Elvis" Murphy on drums. Dempsey met Murphy in 1998 on a train platform in Yerma, California, after Elvis had been released from Lompoc Prison.

"No one knows too much about him. The only real glimpse of what he's actually about are in the few quotes attributed to him, and those don't really help either. The most famous Dempsey quote: 'Everything you need to know about me is in my music, and none of it is true' leaves you wondering if he's trying too hard to be cool, or not enough." - Technorati

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