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Murray Kinsley & Wicked Grin


Murray Kinsley and his band Wicked Grin have been steadily building up a fan base worldwide with a brand of musicianship that stays clear of the hang-dog clichés that often take blues music and its noble power and renders it toothless” 
– Rod Nicholson, Scene Magazine

“Dark, bluesy ruminations on love and loss featuring the weathered vocals and nasty guitar of Kinsley, who must have sold his soul to achieve such depths of sonic wickedness.” – Lynn Saxberg, Ottawa Citizen


AWARDS and accolades

2019 IBC Best Self Produced CD Semi Finalist - Murder Creek

2019 International Blues Challenge Semi Finalists

2018 Maple Blues Nomination - Bass Player of the Year - Leigh-Anne Stanton

2018 Winner of Loyal Blues Fellowship Road To Memphis Challenge

2015 International Blues Challenge Participants

2015 Maple Blues Award - Bass Player of the Year - Leigh-Anne Stanton

2015 Blues Rock Album of the Year - Stormy Water - Blues Underground Network

2015 Top 20 Canadian Blues Album - Stormy Water - Brent Morrison, Rockin' Blues Show

2014 Maple Blues Award - Best New Group

2014 Runner Up - Toronto Blues Society New Talent Search

2014 Blues Rock Album of the Year - Shame On Me - Blues Underground Network

2014 Winner of Ottawa Blues Society Road to Memphis Challenge

Reviewers have described this Maple Blues Award-winning band as stripped-down, hellaciously rockin’ new blues with the distinctive voice and guitar-work of Murray Kinsley, awesome harmonica, and a rhythm section that swings with reckless, casual precision (Leigh-Anne Stanton on bass and Bruce Saunders on drums).

Based in Ottawa, Canada, the band brings their innovative original blues to venues and festivals across Canada, the US, England, and Germany.

Leigh-Anne Stanton has been nominated as 2018 Maple Blues Awards Bassist of the Year, and the act was a semi-finalist at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, January 2019.

Wicked Grin’s latest album “Murder Creek,” released October 2018, has earned widespread industry acclaim and was a semi-finalist for the 2019 IBC Best Self-Produced CD Award.