Michael Martin Murphy
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On the strength of his first album alone, Michael Murphey is the best new songwriter in the country.
- Rolling Stone Magazine


“Michael Martin Murphey is one the main influences on my career. He is among America’s best songwriters. - Lyle Lovett


Discography

2011 - TALL GRASS & COOL WATER * Cowboy Songs VI * Buckaroo Blue Grass III (Rural Rhythm(

2010 - BUCKAROO BLUE GRASS II Riding Song (Rural Rhythm)

2009 - BUCKAROO BLUE GRASS (Rural Rhythm)

COWBOY SONGS VOLUME 5 HEART LAND COWBOY

2004 Live at Billy Bob’s Texas Southwestern Pilgrimage

2002 Cowboy Christmas III

2002 Cowboy Classics-Playing Favorites II

2001 Playing Favorites

1999 Acoustic Christmas Carols: Cowboy Songs II

1998 Cowboy Songs Four: Rangeland Rebel

1997 The Horse Legends

1995 Sagebrush Symphony

1993 Cowboy Songs III: Rhymes of the Renegades

1991 Cowboy Songs II: Cowboy Christmas

1990 Cowboy Songs

1989 Land of Enchantment

1988 River of Time

1987 Americana

1986 Tonight We Ride

1983 The Heart Never Lies

1982 Michael Martin Murphey

1981 Hard Country Soundtrack

1979 Peaks, Valleys, Honky Tonks & Alleys

1978 Lone Wolf

1976 Flowing Free Forever

1976 Swans Against the Sun

1975 Blue Sky – Night Thunder

1973 Cosmic Cowboy Souvenir

1973 Cosmic Cowboy Souvenir (14 songs, Re-release with 5 new songs)

1972 Geronimo’s Cadillac

ALBUM IMPORTS

Cosmic Cowboy Souvenir (1973) Australia; Expanded Version

Geronimo’s Cadillac (1972) Australia

Wildfire 1972-1984 (1998) Australia

COMPILATIONS
The Cowboy Christmas Gift Set
Includes a DVD of Michael’s Cowboy Christmas Show as well as a CD of Cowboy Christmas 3: Acoustic Christmas Carols

2007 Cowboy Songs 1-5 (#5 Wildfire Anniversary Version) + Playing Favorites Gift Set

2001 Ultimate Collection

1998 Wildfire 1972-1984

1992 What’s Forever For

1990 The Best of Country

1982 The Best of Michael Martin Murphey

DVDs

2007 Cowboy’s of the Americas
2007 Cabin Fever Cattle Drive
2007 Great American Cattle Drive
APPEARANCES ON OTHER ALBUMS
Bandits Original Soundtrack (2001)
Christmas At Mountain Stage (1994)
Christmas Trail (2005)
Country Christmas Traditions (2004)
Country Love Songs, Volume 1
Desperado: The Best Of Country Rock (2002)
Elko! A Cowboy’s Gathering (2005)
God, Family, Country (2004)
Holly Dunn: Greatest Hits
John Mceuen Presents: The Music Of The Wild West (2007)
Live Ones Volume 1 (2005)
Radio Days: 80's Easy Listening
Rock Ballads (EMI) (2006)
Texas Troubadours (2005)
Ultimate 70's (2001)
Very Best Of Singers & Songwriters (2003)
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: Will The Circle Be Unbroken Vol. 2 (1989)
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: Will The Circle Be Unbroken – The Trilogy (2003) Box Set
# 1 Mega Hits Of Country (2007)
All That Country (Australian Import)
AM Gold: Radio Gems (1998)
Country Love Classics (2000)
Rock Memories Vol. 2 (2001 Canadian Import)
Rock ‘N Roll Memories (2000 Canadian Import)
Tennessee Mountain Home: 23 Bluegrass Gems United Kingdom
Ultimate Power Of Country Love (2002)
Very Best Of Country Love (2003)

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Bio

Michael is a proud son and life-long resident of Texas, where his family settled in 1858. He divides his time between ranches in the Panhandle of West Texas, Northern New Mexico, Southern Colorado and the Oocooch Mountains of Wisconsin. Native Texan Michael Martin Murphey is now in the Western Music Hall of Fame. He’s won numerous awards and honors from such organizations as the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, Academy of Country Music, “The Golden Smokey Award for Outstanding Service in Conservation from the U.S. Department of the Interior, The Grammy Awards, Country Music Association Awards, “The King of the Cowboys” Award for Western Entertainment, The Academy of Western Artists and Performers, Texas Music Awards, Charlie Russell Red Sash Award for Western Heritage, National Day of the Cowboy Keeper Award, and given a rare Lifetime Honorary Member of the American Quarter Horse Association. BMI has confirmed that his song “Wildfire” is one of the most played songs in the history of radio,in all formats.

Michael has made over 35 albums, with hits and millions of sales. He’s the first Singing Cowboy to attain a Certified Gold Album in Cowboy Music since Marty Robbins. His songs have been recorded by Lyle Lovett, Kenny Rogers, John Denver, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Jerry Jeff Walker, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, and a host of other recording artists. He’s played concerts at the best of Performing Arts Centers (including Carnegie Hall and Bass Hall), Cowboy Christmas™ and Westfest™, festivals, fairs and rodeos – and on his trail rides.

He has performed with over 50 symphony orchestras, including the National Symphony Orchestra. Michael is also a movie actor, script writer, and performed music in films like Lonesome Dove and Hard Country. His television appearances and music scores include PBS/RFD-TV hit series America’s Heartland, The Tonight Show, David Letterman, Austin City Limits, CMT, and TNN. He hosts the highly-rated outdoors television show The Best of the West with Michael Martin Murphey. He’s a respected writer and spokesman in publications such as American Cowboy, and Range Magazine. He’s been featured in countless newspaper, magazine and books, including Rolling Stone, Time, The London Times, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune and The Denver Post.

Michael’s lifestyle is that of a lover of the outdoors, a rancher of horses and cattle and having run ranches in New Mexico, Colorado, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. His accomplishments as rancher have lead to being chosen as a spokesman and entertainer for The American Farm Bureau Federation and Society of Range Management. The John Wayne Family approved him to organize and perform for John Wayne’s 100th Birthday Celebration in 2007, commended by the White House.

Michael, his wife Karen and six children are all involved in the family businesses of music, ranching and recreational as well as competitive horseback riding. The Murphey family divides personal family time between residences in Colorado and Wisconsin, and land on a private fishing lake in Linden, Texas, near where the Murphey pioneer family came to Texas in 1858.


List of Accomplishments

Six Gold Records
Many BMI awards for airplay, including 4 million radio and television plays of WILDFIRE (making it one of the most played songs in history on radio and TV), 2 million plays of CAROLINA IN THE PINES
Best Album and Song – Academy of Western Artists, 2000
Best New Male Vocalist, Academy of Country Music, 1983
Golden Smokey Award for Outstanding Service to the U.S. National Parks Service, 1998
Western Heritage Awards from the Cowboy Hall of Fame, five-time winner
International Charley Russell Western Heritage Society Red Sash Award for Outstanding Service in Preservation of Western Heritage, 1999-2000
The New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Lifetime Achievement Award, 2000
Will Rogers Cowboy Philosopher Award, Will Rogers Me