Murphey celebrates Austin
Thursday, August 2, 2018
– Michael Martin Murphey goes Texas with his upcoming "Austinology" CD, a celebration of a period of Austin's music history that set the stage for the Outlaw movement.
Songs include "Geronimo's Cadillac" with special guest Steve Earle and "Outlaw Medley."
Kenny Greenberg (Nelson, Bob Seger, Etta James), Dobroist Rob Ickes (Earl Scruggs, Alison Krauss, Vince Gill) and keyboardist Tim Akers (Dolly Parton, Bruce Hornsby, Jimmy Webb) all play on the disc. The album is co-produced with Christopher Harris (CeCe Winans, Amy Grant).
The 17-track album features Willie Nelson, Amy Grant, Steve Earle, Lyle Lovett, Kelly Willis, Bruce Robison, Jerry Jeff Walker, Randy Rogers and The Last Bandeleros.
Murphey is best known for crossover hits including "Wildfire," "Carolina In The Pines" and "What's Forever For."
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Michael Martin Murphey reflects on the rise of the Austin music scene by revisiting several of his own tunes and covering some of his favorite writers with mostly good results in this star-studded effort. Amongst the stronger remakes of Murphey compositions are "Geronimo's Cadillac," on which Murphey is joined by Steve Earle, and "Backslider's Wine" with Randy Rogers. Another standout cut is "Drunken Lady of the Morning" featuring Lyle Lovett. ...
Michael Martin Murphey's career has taken several turns. His first brush with success came when his friend Michael Nesmith cut his country-rock tune "What Am I Doing Hangin' Round" with The Monkees in 1967. Murphey had a major pop hit in 1975 with "Wildfire" and became a popular country crooner in the '80s with hits like "What's Forever For." On "High Stakes," Murphey renews his commitment to western music that began with the 1990 album ...
Michael Martin Murphey has spent much of the past couple of decades focusing primarily on cowboy songs, both with originals and covering classics. On "Red River Drifter," the western feel is still prominent, but Murphey also reveals bluegrass, country, pop and jazz influences on a collection of new compositions.
Murphey's reverence for the outdoors remains intact with the up-tempo bluegrass track Peaceful Country, on which son Ryan Murphey shines on mandolin. ...