Michael Martin Murphey

Artists-Profile_0002_Michael Martin Murphey by Glenn Sweitzer

Releases: High Stakes: Cowboy Songs VII (2016), Red River Drifter (2013), Campfire on the Road (2012), Tall Grass & Cool Water (2011), Buckaroo Blue Grass II (2010), Lone Cowboy (2010), Buckaroo Blue Grass (2009), Heartland Cowboy: Cowboy Songs, Vol. 5 (2006), Live at Billy bob’s Texas (2004), Cowboy Christmas III (2002), Cowboy Classics: Playing Favorites II (2002), Playing Favorites (2001), Acoustic Christmas Carols (1999), Cowboy Songs Four (1998), The Horse Legends (1997), Sagebrush Symphony (1995), Cowboy Songs III (1993), Cowboy Christmas: Cowboy Songs II (1991), Cowboy Songs (1990), Land of Enchantment (1989), River of Time (1988), Americana (1987), Tonight We Ride (1986), The Heart Never Lies (1983), Michael Martin Murphey (1982), Hard Country (1981), Peaks, Valleys, Honky Tonks & Alleys (1979), Lone Wolf (1978), Flowing Free Forever (1976), Swans Against the Sun (1976), Blue Sky – Night Thunder (1975), Michael Murphey (1973), Cosmic Cowboy Souvenir (1973), Geronimo’s Cadillac (1972)
Years at MusicFest: 6

On his new album, High Stakes: Cowboy Songs VII, iconic Western artist Michael Martin Murphey not only returns to his singing cowboy roots, but addresses an environmental issue near and dear to his heart – the preservation of land and water. Best known for a genre busting career that includes topping the Pop, Country, Bluegrass and Western Music charts, Murphey himself has been a long-time activist and outspoken supporter of caring for our natural resources. “Real environmentalists are the men and women who spend their days working the land responsibly to ensure its health for generations to come.” Murphey is one of the founders of the Murphey Western Institute, whose goal is to protect the life-sustaining mountain, prairie and plain landscapes that inspire his music. On his new album, Murphey celebrates the western lifestyle so well-dramatized by the passionate struggles of the grazing land cultures of the world who literally live and die by managing land and water. Over the past 40 years, Murphey has left an indelible mark on the American Music Landscape with hits like “Geronimo’s Cadillac,” “Cosmic Cowboy,” “Wildfire,” “Carolina In The Pines,” “Cherokee Fiddle,”  “What’s Forever For,” and “Cowboy Logic.” Murphey says that he will continue “to raise awareness of what cowboys and cowgirls can do to protect and revive the Earth, Air, Fire and Water of this incredible home we call Planet Earth.”

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