Michael Martin Murphey - MerleFest 2013 | Music 2014 | SXSW

February 27, 2014
In the early 1970s, Rolling Stone Magazine called Michael Martin Murphey "one of the best songwriters in America." Since that time, Murphey has left an indelible mark on the American Music Landscape crafting and recording such iconic hits as "Wildfire," "Carolina In The Pines," "Geronimo's Cadillac," "Cowboy Logic," "Cherokee Fiddle," "Boy From The Country" and more. In the process, he has topped the Pop, Country, Bluegrass and Western Music charts, earned six gold albums and multiple Grammy nominations. Through all the chart-jumping and genre-busting, Murphey has remained constant to an honest, sophisticated approach to his songwriting. His new Red River Drifter is a collection that draws from a deep well of eclectic influences ranging from classical to country, blues to bluegrass, pop to western. In fact, it\'s simply impossible to pigeon-hole Murphey into one specific genre. He is no more country than rock, no more bluegrass than classical. He is, rather, a true American songwriter. A native Texan, Murphey's songs have always reflected his lifestyle, and are understandably seen through a Western lens, often built on outdoor themes with the sensibilities of his cowboy lifestyle. At the core of his music is a stubborn determination to be the best songwriter he can be.
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