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Meet the Marvelous Mr. Murnahan

#244 / A Video Extra

We made some serious memories at the Bowen House last Thursday when Danny Cox's old buddy, guitarist Bob Murnahan — in town from his Colorado home to visit Ohio family and friends — dropped in to jam with us at the weekly session.

Pamela Bowen shot this video of the last tune of the night, a rollicking rendition of Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee's "If You Lose Your Money."

Dan and Bob’s History

“Bobby and I have known each other since close to zero,” Danny says. “Our parents attended the same church, and we got acquainted via Sunday school.”

Besides church, another connection between the aspiring young players was the work of an established guitar wizard. “When I got home from the service,” Danny remembers, “he showed up at the house one day and asked if I would show him some Chet Atkins-style guitar.”

“I showed him what little I knew,” Dan says, “and he started studying music at Ohio State where he was attending pursuing an engineering degree.”

Bob had taken guitar lessons when he was younger and learned how to read music. He and Dan purchased the songbook for the Chet Atkins Goes to the Movies album and Bobby worked out the tunes. “I learned how to play Chet correctly because of his deciphering abilities,” Dan says. He and Bob have been good friends ever since.

Bob Today

Nowadays, Bob Murnahan has been playing for more than 40 years. He now lives with his wife and their 14-year-old twins in Colorado, where he plays and teaches guitar.

He also plays regularly with the Longmont, Colorado, -based blues-rock-funk band Mojomama, which has just released its latest album, We Are One.

Stay Tuned

Check back here later this week for more from last week’s Flood jam with Bob. We’ll be featuring a tune from the night on the next of our weekly podcasts.

The 1937 Flood Watch
The 1937 Flood Watch
Charles Bowen