Michael Martin Murphey

Murphey Announces 2021 Cowboy Christmas Tour

 

FORT WORTH, TEXAS  — Music Legend Michael Martin Murphey has announced the 2021 performance dates for his wildly popular Cowboy Christmas. 

 

Murphey has been celebrating the tradition of the American Cowboy Christmas for nearly three decades, annually selling out venues across the Southwest, from New Mexico and Colorado to Texas and Oklahoma. 

November

18  Pueblo, CO   Pueblo Memorial Hall

19  Grand Junction, CO  Avalon Theatre

20  Greeley, CO  Union Colony - Monfort Hall

21  Parker, CO   PACE Center

December

3  Lubbock, TX    Cactus Theater

4  Lubbock, TX   Cactus Theater

6  Mt Pleasant, TX   Whatley Center for the Performing Arts

10  Grand Prairie, TX  Texas Trust CU Theatre

16  Anson, TX    Pioneer Hall - original Texas Cowboys’ Christmas Ball

17  Oklahoma City, OK   National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

18  Austin, TX  Paramount Theatre

 

*all dates subject to change

“For nearly two and a half hours, Michael Martin Murphey played to all of his strengths and succeeded in providing an extremely family friendly, faith-infused statement of purpose,” wrote Darryl Smyers for the Dallas Morning News. “It was a night of pure, unabashed nostalgia, a paean to memories long past, of men and women (and cattle) who existed in much simpler and harsher times. Murphey’s music and stories brought these figures back to life and reveled in their traditions and convictions.“

 

Indeed, Murphey remains as passionate about that message as ever. 

 

“What I try to do is encourage people to think of the spirit of giving, charity and forgiving, which is the spirit of Christmas,” says Murphey. “It’s about delivering that beautiful message of Christmas to people.”

 

Michael Martin Murphey’s Cowboy Christmas® was inspired by an event that began in 1885 in Anson, TX, when the local community of cowboys came together to celebrate the season with the very first Cowboy Christmas Ball. The festivities included dancing and merriment that has continued virtually every year since.  

 

Cowboy Christmas® differs from other seasonal presentations in its focus of the “special relationship” of the Christmas story to rural communities, farmers and ranchers. “God first sent an angel to the livestock people — shepherds in the fields. Whether you're a believer or not, the story emphasizes that the news of the birth of the Savior was not given to royalty or politicians. The Lord did not alert the media or Ministers.

“That underscores that Jesus came for all people, all races and all classes,” he continues. “That means that rural people should feel a significant part of the Christmas message because they were chosen to hear the story first. This is my favorite season of the year. We remember our fathers and mothers. We celebrate our children and we treasure our friends and the many blessings given by our Lord. It really brings out the very best in all of us.”

Michael Martin Murphey is a proud son of Texas, where his family settled in 1858. Murphey’s music blends many genres, including pop, country, Western, Celtic, jazz and bluegrass, and focuses on his personal life as a Southwestern “pilgrim.” A true genre-busting artist, he has released over 35 albums. His song “Wildfire” is among the most-aired songs in radio history.  Other hits include “Carolina In The Pines,” “Geronimo’s Cadillac,” “What’s Forever For,” “Long Line of Love,” “Cowboy Logic,” “Boy From The Country” and more. 

Murphey — along with the likes of Jerry Jeff Walker, Gary P. Nunn  and more — pioneered the Austin Music Scene in the early 1970s and in so doing gave birth to what is today considered “Americana” Music. A multiple Wrangler Award recipient, Murphey was recognized in 2019 with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and National Cowboy Hall of Fame and serves on the Western Folklife Center’s National Advisory Council. In recent weeks, Murphey has been inducted into the Texas Trail of Fame in the historic Ft. Worth Stockyards, having a star added to the sidewalk in front of famed performance venue Billy Bob’s Texas. Also, The Lone Star Film Society recently announced that Murphey will be the recipient of the Stephen Bruton Award during the 2021 Lone Star Film Festival Gala schedule for November 13.

Murphey Is Inducted Into Texas Trail of Fame

 

FORT WORTH, TEXAS – Texas native and genre-busting recording artist Michael Martin Murphey has been named among nine inductees into The Texas Trail of Fame honors. A public ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, October 23 at 10 a.m. on the steps of the Livestock Exchange Building in the historic Ft. Worth Stockyards. A sold-out recognition dinner is set for Thursday, October 21 at 6 p.m. 

A celebration of Texas culture and Western Heritage, the Texas Trail of Fame was established to honor individuals who have made a significant contribution to the Western way of life. 

 

Along the walkways of the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, bronze inlaid markers are placed in recognition of honorees’ achievements. These markers are patterned after a frontier marshall’s badge and are inscribed with the honoree’s name.It is the desire of the Texas Trail of Fame that reflecting upon these Westerner’s accomplishments will serve as both an educational adventure for the visitor and an inspiration. The ceremonies are scheduled during the 60th Annual Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering, which takes place from October 22 – 24 throughout the Stockyards. 

 

Murphey’s Trail of Fame marker will be placed in front of Billy Bob’s Texas, which is fitting as he has performed the famous venue several times in his five-decades long career.

 

A proud son of Texas where his family settled in 1858, Murphey’s music blends many genres, including pop, country, Western, Celtic, jazz and bluegrass, and focuses on his personal life as a Southwestern “pilgrim.” Murphey has released over 35 albums. His song “Wildfire” is among the most-aired songs in radio history. His other hits include “Carolina In The Pines,” “Cowboy Logic,” “Geronimo’s Cadillac,” “What’s Forever For?” “Long Line of Love,” “Boy From The Country,” and “Cherokee Fiddle,” among others. 

 

In mid November, Murphey launches his popular Cowboy Christmas Tour, with stops planned in across Texas, New Mexico, Colorado and Oklahoma, among others.Highlighted this year by a special DFW performance at the Texas Trust CU Theatre in Grand Prairie. Tickets are available for all shows on 

https://www.michaelmartinmurphey.com/

For more than a quarter century, Murphey has celebrated a tradition that began in Texas in 1885, taking the show across the Southwest to honor Christmas – cowboy style. A multiple Wrangler Award recipient, Murphey was recognized in 2019 with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and National Cowboy Hall of Fame and serves on the Western Folklife Center’s National Advisory Council.

 

For more information and to see other 2021 inductees, visit:

 

https://texastrailoffame.org/events/texas-trail-of-fame-awards-banquet/

Lone Star Film Society Honors Set for November 13 Gala

Michael Martin Murphey Named Recipient Of Stephen Bruton Award

FORT WORTH, TEXAS – The Lone Star Film Society has announced that acclaimed singer-songwriter, Michael Martin Murphey will be presented with the Stephen Bruton Award at the 2021 Lone Star Film Festival Gala on November 13th at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. The Fort Worth Film Commission, a division of Visit Fort Worth, is partnering with Lone Star to produce the 2021 gala.

The prestigious award is named after Stephen Bruton, a musician and songwriter from Fort Worth whose noteworthy achievements included producing the music for the film Crazy Heart right before his death from cancer at age 60 in 2009. In remembrance, the award is presented to individuals whose music careers have made waves in film and television.

An Oak Cliff native with family in Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and Tyler dating back to the Foundation of Texas, Murphey has been honored as "Alamo Ranger" by the Sons of the Texas Revolution. Murphey is a multiple Grammy nominee with multiple platinum and gold albums and is best known for his 1975 Pop Radio hit "Wildfire." His music has been featured in film and TV such as The Simpsons. In 1981 Murphey wrote and produced the soundtrack and played a supporting role in the film Hard Country with Kim Bassinger, Darryl Hannah, and Tanya Tucker.

His song "Wildfire" has been used in many films, such as Bubble Boy starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Bandits starting Bruce Willis, Kate Blanchett and Billy Bob Thornton. Murphey has been involved in producing, writing, and directing some of the most popular videos in country music, including "Cowboy Logic" and "Long Line of Love." Murphey also had a principal role in the hit television series Lonesome Dove: The Series. In 2021 he served as an executive producer, music supervisor, and has the role of Pastor Micah in a film inspired by his song "Wildfire" called "Wildfire: The Legend of the Cherokee Ghost Horse."

"We are thrilled to honor Michael Martin Murphey for his contributions to the music and film industries," said Chad Mathews, director of the Lone Star Film Society. "This year's gala will have a special Modern West theme that exemplifies the spirit of Texas film."

Previous Stephen Bruton award recipients include Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Billy Joe Shaver, Lyle Lovett, Ray Benson, Betty Buckley, Pat Green and Clint Black.

This year's gala will also honor Texans Richard Linklater and Ethan Hawke with the inaugural Larry McMurtry Award. Linklater and Hawke will attend the gala in person and participate in a conversation led by Krys Boyd, host of KERA's Think.

Limited tickets and tables to the 2021 gala are still available. Individual seats are $500 and table sales start at $10,000. All proceeds from the gala support the Lone Star Film Society's Johnny Langdon Film Education Initiative.

For more information about the Lone Star Film Festival Gala and ticket sales, visit https://www.lonestarfilmfestival.com/gala.

 

 

Michael Martin Murphey is a proud son of Texas, where his family settled in 1858. Murphey’s music blends many genres, including pop, country, Western, Celtic, jazz and bluegrass, and focuses on his personal life as a Southwestern “pilgrim.” A true genre-busting artist, he has released over 35 albums. His song “Wildfire” is among the most-aired songs in radio history. Other hits include “Carolina In The Pines,” “Geronimo’s Cadillac,” “What’s Forever For,” “Long Line of Love,” “Cowboy Logic,” “Boy From The Country” and more. 

Murphey — along with the likes of Jerry Jeff Walker, Gary P. Nunn and more — pioneered the Austin Music Scene in the early 1970s and in so doing gave birth to what is today considered “Americana” Music. A multiple Wrangler Award recipient, Murphey was recognized in 2019 with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and National Cowboy Hall of Fame and serves on the Western Folklife Center’s National Advisory Council. In recent weeks, Murphey has been inducted into the Texas Trail of Fame in the historic Ft. Worth Stockyards, having a star added to the sidewalk in front of famed performance venue Billy Bob’s Texas.

www.michaelmartinmurphey.com

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