Michael Martin Murphey

Nashville Scene Critic's Pick …

Grammy nominee, owner of half a dozen gold records ... U.S. Forest Service Golden Smokey honoree? That’s outspoken naturalist Michael Martin Murphey, who first made his mark in the recording industry as a country-rock songwriter, penning hits for Kenny Rogers, Bobbie Gentry and many more, including “What Am I Doing Hangin’ ’Round?” for pal Michael Nesmith of The Monkees. Murphey moved to Austin and worked with country outlaws like Jerry Jeff Walker and Willie Nelson before making his commercial breakthrough as a solo artist with 1975’s “Wildfire.” Continuing as a chart presence through the Reagan years, Murphey’s 1990 project, Cowboy Songs, might have appeared from the outside to be a one-off vanity effort. But Murphey sparked a strong renaissance in the genre, as his approach reveres the legacy of singing cowboys like Gene Autry and Roy Rogers as pure entertainers — not as some facsimile of ranch hands, but performers who celebrate a romanticized notion of the Old West for its own sake. Whether accompanied by an orchestra, a polished Texas swing band, or his acoustic guitar by its lonesome, Murphey’s voice soars, gentle and confident, through his catalog.

—Stephen Trageser

Sat, Mar 30 | 7:00 PM
The Franklin Theatre
$33.00 - $48.00
All ages
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Michael Martin Murphey

Pueblo CO  |  Country

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