Michael Martin Murphey connects with Rural Rhythm
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
– Cowboy singer Michael Martin Murphey will put out "Buckaroo Blue Grass" Feb. 10, 2009 on bluegrass label Rural Rhythm Records. Michael's son, Ryan, produced the album, wrote all arrangements, sang harmony vocals and played rhythm guitar. The CD includes several new songs and many Murphey classics performed with some of music's top bluegrass and acoustic pickers - Sam Bush, Rob Ickes, Ronnie McCoury, Andy Leftwich, Pat Flynn, Charlie Cushman with background vocals by Rhonda Vincent.
"Michael is an amazing writer, and we all enjoyed making acoustic versions of these incredible hit song," said Ickes.
Murphey played at the International Bluegrass Music Association's FanFest held during IBMA's World of Bluegrass convention in September in Nashville.
"Murph and I really connected since we were doing the same thing in different genres. He is helping preserve cowboy and western music, and our successful Sound Traditions series focuses on preserving bluegrass and old-time country music. Now we have joined forces together with 'Buckaroo Blue Grass,' which intertwines both genres and we have plans for developing many more albums together," said Sam Passamano, President of Rural Rhythm Records.
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