Michael Martin Murphey’s Red River Drifter

Red River Entertainment Sets July 9 Release Date
For Michael Martin Murphey’s Red River Drifter
 
    NASHVILLE, Tennessee — Red River Entertainment is proud to announce the July 9 release of Michael Martin Murphey‘s  Red River Drifter.
    In recent years Murphey has been exploring the similarities between bluegrass and American cowboy music. But for Red River Drifter, he brought in some very eclectic and unexpected elements to the writing process.
   
“I wrote songs that drew from what is inspiring me at this point in my
life,” he says. “Every style was fair game.  We intentionally did not
follow formulas or rules.” 
   
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.”
   
Murphey has received multiple Grammy nominations during his incredible
career including one for Best Bluegrass Album for his Buckaroo Blue
Grass album in 2009. He has also earned six gold albums and performs
more than 150 shows per year.
   
As a songwriter, his work has been covered by John Denver, Lyle Lovett,
Johnny Lee, Kenny Rogers, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Jerry Jeff Walker,
Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, and a host of other recording artists.

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