“In the past two decades, no musical artist has done more
to chronicle, preserve and further the cowboy culture than Michael Martin Murphey. (His music) overflows with life, enough for many of us. To saddle up with Murph is to come in closer touch with enduring truths.”
— David McGee for BluegrassSpecial.com
Michael Martin Murphey’s immensely successful music career has spanned four decades and has included such musical genres as folk, country, rock, Western, and cowboy music. As a singer, songwriter, and producer, he has contributed some of the most beloved songs of his generation and beyond. His songs have been recorded by Kenny Rogers, John Denver, Lyle Lovett, Roger Miller, and many other prominent musicians and performers. Murphey is a native Texan who is now in the Western Music Hall of Fame and has also been recognized and awarded by notable organizations such as the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, the Academy of Country Music, The Grammy Awards, the Country Music Association, and the Texas Music Awards. Confirmed by BMI, his song "Wildfire" has been named one of the most played songs in radio history in all formats. He has made more than 35 albums over the span of his career, while also achieving success as a movie actor, script writer, and performer in films such as Lonesome Dove and Hard Country. Music enthusiasts from all over recognize Murphey’s name and certainly agree that the his works have become timeless masterpieces in the world of music.
On top of all that, Murphey remains a passionate and outspoken advocate of the American West, chronicling the lifestyle in both his music and personal life. In fact, The West defines Murphey as thoroughly as any encyclopedia could.