Michael Martin Murphey To Perform At Famed Bluebird Cafe on September 12

Michael Martin Murphey To Perform
At Famed Bluebird Cafe on September 12
 
NASHVILLE, Tenn.— Michael Martin Murphey’s
reputation as a songwriter began in Los Angeles when The Monkees
released his “What Am I Doin’ Hangin’ Round” on their multi-platinum
Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd (1967).

Murphey will make a rare appearance
focusing on his songwriting at the famed Bluebird Cafe on Wednesday,
September 12 (9:00 p.m.)

As
a recording artist, Murphey has topped the Pop charts with hits
“Wildfire” and “Carolina In The Pines,” the Country charts with hits
like “What’s Forever For” and “Long Line of Love” and the Western charts
with hits like “Cowboy Logic.” A recipient of six gold albums,
Murphey’s 2009 Buckaroo Blue Grass earned a Grammy nomination for Best
Bluegrass Album.

Always at the core of his music for
these past four decades has been a stubborn determination to be the best
songwriter he can be, a focus that has led to his songs being covered
by such artists as Lyle Lovett, John Denver, Kenny Rogers, Hoyt Axton,
The Monkees and more.

“I grew up in a storytelling culture
where you sat on the front porch and told stories in the evening,”
Murphey explains. “That’s why I became a writer and why I became
interested in writing songs.”
According to BMI, Murphey has 5 million-performance songs (“Wildfire”
–  3.9 million; “Cherokee Fiddle” – 1.92 million; “Carolina In The
Pines” – 1.65 million; “Talkin’ To The Wrong Man” – 1.21 million; and
“Still Takin’ Chances” – 1.2 million), and a total of 11 award-winning
BMI songs (6 in Country and 5 in Pop).  Also, according to BMI, repeat,
back to back performances of his award winning songs alone, with each
song averaging 3 minutes each, would amount to 64 years of continuous
airplay.

When Murphey moved from LA to Austin
in the early 1970s, his songs became a cornerstone of The Cosmic Cowboy
Movement that included Jerry Jeff Walker & Gary P. Nunn, and which
opened the door for Willie Nelson & Waylon Jennings and The Outlaw
Movement.

“He was one of the formative voices
and most sophisticated songwriters of the progressive-country boom that
defined the city’s music in that era,” observed John T. Davis of 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.”

At the time, Rolling Stone Magazine
proclaimed, “Michael Murphey is the best new songwriter in the
country.”  The first artist based in Austin to be signed to a major
record label (Epic), Murphey has left an indelible mark on the American
Music Landscape with such important albums as “Geronimo’s Cadillac”,
“Swans Against The Sky” and “Blue Sky — Night Thunder.”

Moving his base to Nashville in the
1980s, Murphey continued topping the charts with a string of 10 hits
before turning his attention to American Cowboy Music, anchoring Warner
Brothers’ Warner Western Label, and releasing Cowboy Songs, Volume I,
the first album of Cowboy Music to be certified gold by the RIAA since
Marty Robbins’ 1959 Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs.

“In the past two decades, no musical
artist has done more to chronicle, preserve and further the cowboy
culture than Michael Martin Murphey,” wrote David McGee for
BluegrassSpecial.com. “(His music) overflows with life, enough for many
of us. To saddle up with Murphey is to come in closer touch with
enduring truths.”

Murphey continues to push his musical
boundaries as he continues his exploration of the similarities between
bluegrass music and American Cowboy Music.  In addition to the Grammy
nominated Buckaroo Blue Grass, Murphey has released Buckaroo Blue Grass
II: Riding Song and the third in the trilogy — his most current release —
Tall Grass & Cool Water.

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