Michael Martin Murphey Makes Rare Appearance At SXSW

Michael Martin Murphey Makes Rare Appearance At SXSW

AUSTIN, TEXAS — Michael Martin Murphey, a pioneer of the progressive country music scene that was born in Austin in the early 1970s, will be performing during SXSW on Saturday, March 17 at 8:00 p.m. at the Saxon Pub in Austin. He will also participate in a panel sponsored by Texas Monthly Magazine at noon that same day.
Murphey  was one of the formative voices and most sophisticated songwriters of the progressive-country boom that defined the city’s music in that era,” wrote John T. Davis in the Austin American Statesman.  “Murphey originals such as ‘Geronimo’s Cadillac,’ ‘Alley’s of Austin’ and ‘Backslider’s Wine’ remain among the most graceful and accomplished tunes to come out of Austin’s turbulent country-rock scene.

Michael Martin Murphey has been an intregral part of the American Music Landscape for more than four decades. With classic hits including “Wildfire,” “Carolina In The Pines,” “What’s Forever For,” “Long Line of Love” and “Geronimo’s Cadillac” among others, Murphey has earned six gold albums and multiple Grammy nominations. As a songwriter, his work has been covered by John Denver, The Monkees, Lyle Lovett, Johnny Lee, Kenny Rogers, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Jerry Jeff Walker, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, and a host of other recording artists.

His 2009 release, Buckaroo Blue Grass, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album. The followup, Buckaroo Blue Grass II: Riding Song, was greeted with tremendous acclaim.  Tall Grass & Cool Water is the third in the series of his exploration of the similarities between Bluegrass and American Cowboy Music. The album is currently topping the Western Music Charts, and is in the top of the Bluegrass Charts.

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