Cowboy Christmas with Michael Martin Murphey!

Michael Martin Murphey – Biography
Michael Martin Murphey’s musical journey has taken many unpredictable paths over the past 50
years. Topping the Pop, Country, Western and Bluegrass charts, Murphey has never been one to rest
on his laurels.
A loyal American son from Texas, Murphey is best known for his chart-topping hits “Wildfire,”
Carolina In The Pines,” “What’s Forever For,” “Long Line of Love,” “Geronimo’s Cadillac”, “Cowboy
Logic,” and many more across his 35 albums released to date.
Murphey’s long-running incarnation as a purveyor of the music, lifestyle, and values of the American
West is one of many musical mantles he has worn over the years. To track his career path is to span
the country itself, from coming of age in the Texas folk music scene, to Los Angeles to Colorado to
Nashville and then back to his native Texas. Murphey’s original songs have been recorded by The Monkees, Kenny Rogers, The Nitty Gritty Dirt
Band, John Denver, Hoyt Axton, Johnny Cash, Tracy Byrd, Lyle Lovett, Jerry Jeff Walker, Dolly
Parton, Johnny Rivers, Billy Ray Cyrus, and many others.
During the early 1970s in Austin, TX along with artists like Jerry Jeff Walker and Gary P. Nunn,
Murphey created the “Cosmic Cowboy” movement, which was pivotal in drawing artists like Willie
Nelson to the scene and helped birth the “Outlaw” Country movement. In 1972, Murphey signed a
major label deal. Discovered by renowned producer Bob Johnston (Simon & Garfunkel, Bob Dylan),
Murphey released his pivotal debut, Geronimo’s Cadillac. “On the strength of his first album alone,”
proclaimed Rolling Stone Magazine, “Michael Murphey is the best new songwriter in the country.” In
1975 he topped the pop charts with his hit singles, “Wildfire” and “Carolina In the Pines” from the RIAA
Certified Gold album Blue Sky – Night Thunder. Then, in the early 1980s, Murphey recorded a watershed country album for Capitol Records
produced by Jim Ed Norman. He topped the Country Charts with the “Still Taking Chances” single,
which solidified his relationship with country radio as a hit singer-songwriter, and exposed him to an
entirely new audience. Twelve years after his first hit in Pop music, Murphey was awarded “Best New
Artist” by the Academy of Country Music (beating out George Strait). He continued to top the country
charts throughout the decade with hits like “What’s Forever For,” the Grammy nominated “A Face In
the Crowd,” (with Holly Dunn), the number one “A Long Line of Love”, “I’m Gonna Miss You Girl”, and
many more.
In 1985, Murphey performed with the New Mexico Symphony in a concept he titled “A Night in the
American West,” which was so well received, it led to hundreds of performances with American and
Canadian symphonies, including the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C.
In 1990 he circled around to one of his first loves, cowboy music. Cowboy Songs Vol.1, was wildly
successful and became the first album of cowboy music to go gold since the heyday of Marty Robbins.
Cowboy Songs was so popular and highly regarded that Warner Bros. created an entire imprint called
Warner Western. In the midst of this Country / Western successes he founded a Western cultural
festival called “Westfest”, deemed “the best festival in America”. It is American West showmanship,
culture, lifestyle and scholarship.
Ever a genre-busting artist, Murphey refocused his attention again in 2009 with his Grammy
nominated Buckaroo Blue Grass. That project — and two subsequent releases, Buckaroo Blue Grass
II and Tall Grass & Cool Water — topped the Bluegrass charts.
Murphey has been awarded gold albums for Cowboy Songs, Vol. I, Blue Sky Night Thunder, and a
Platinum single, “Wildfire”. He has been given the prestigious Charlie Russell Award for Western
Heritage. He is a 5-time recipient of the Wrangler award from the National Cowboy and Western
Heritage Museum and Cowboy Hall of Fame, and boasts awards from the Academy of Country Music,
Rock Music Awards, Academy of Western Music Awards, Governor of New Mexico’s Outstanding
Achievement Award, Outstanding Son of Texas Award by the Texas Legislature, and multiple from
BMI. In 2009, he was inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Association Hall of Fame, joining
old friends Willie Nelson, Guy Clark and Allen Shamblin.
In 2018, Murphey will release Austinology, celebrating his early days as a pioneer of the Austin
Music Scene of the 70s with guest artists that include Steve Earle, Lyle Lovett, and many more.

Michael Martin Murphey will be putting on his spectacular Cowboy Christmas show on Wednesday, December 5th at 7 pm!!! The show will take place at the amazing Carbon Event Center in Price, Utah! Tickets are on pre-sale now! Get tickets now to get 15 % off on your purchase! Regular ticket sales will begin Wednesday October 3rd!

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