The legendary cowboy poet, singer and songwriter returns to Roswell for one night only
By Christina Stock
On the boot heels of being given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 59th Annual Western Heritage Museum Awards in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, legendary singer, songwriter and Western artist and historian Michael Martin Murphey will be performing in Roswell at The Liberty Club, 213 N. Virginia Ave., Sept. 20. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Murphey is one of USA’s most beloved veteran singer and songwriters. Scoring a platinum single with “Wildfire,” Murphey’s string of iconic hits also includes “Carolina In The Pines,” “Geronimo’s Cadillac,” “What’s Forever For?,” “A Long Line of Love,” “I’m Gonna Miss You Girl,” “Talking To The Wrong Man” and “Still Takin’ Chances” topping the pop, country and bluegrass charts while earning a gold album. His songs have also been recorded by the likes of John Denver, Kenny Rogers, Cher, Lyle Lovett, Flatt & Scruggs, Roger Miller and The Monkees. The Billboard Magazine called him one of the best songwriters in America.
Murphey’s concert was scheduled earlier in the year, but had to be postponed, because of a dream coming true, as Murphey said.
“I’m coming back to The Liberty, and looking forward to it. I had to move the show into September because of a conflict with a movie project for my song “Wildfire,” which is now well underway on the set in Tahlequah, Oklahoma on the Cherokee Nation. I just finished one segment of the part that I play in the film, and I’m headed back soon; in fact, I’ll be on my way to Roswell right after my second round of acting in the project on Sept. 16 through 18. I thank my fans for understanding and patience, as I work on this dream come true. The film is set for release in early March of 2020. One of the principal locations for ‘Wildfire’ premiere week is Albuquerque. I’ll keep everyone posted via my Facebook fan page,” Murphey said.
Murphey’s character is Pastor Micah and the movie is directed by Eric Parkinson. Parkinson is a skilled filmmaker, with extensive production credits, and “Wildfire” is his directorial debut. His budget for the movie is $500,000 according to imbd.com. Cast as the lead is Anne Heche, who is known for her film “Donnie Brasco” (1997) next to Al Pacino and Johnny Depp and the film “Six Days Seven Nights” (1998), next to Harrison Ford.
Also performing is Oglala Lakota, born Moses J. Brings Plenty, who has worked in television, film and theatre, including the blockbuster “Pirates of the Caribbean” and The History Channel’s “Comanche Warrior.”
Kevin McNamara is also cast. McNamara’s background is live theater until he switched in 2008 to television and film. He is known for his role as series regular in “Luther Montague” on the FOX Digital series “Suit Up” as well as for his roles on TV series “Cold Case” and “Justified.”
Understandably excited about the movie, Murphey has recently released his newest album, Austinology, which is a tribute to the city and the musicians that influenced his early work and with whom he shared stages. During his performance at The Liberty Club, Murphey will be revisiting some of his old hits along with some of his favorite tunes from Austinology. The songs include a lot of cosmic cowboy contributions, after all, Murphey was on the ground floor helping Austin achieve musical credit in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Fifty years after Murphey helped pioneer the Austin music scene — along with Jerry Jeff Walker and Gary P. Nunn — his latest offering is a look at the seminal period of Austin’s music history that set the stage for the “Outlaw” movement with Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings, among others, and the live music scene that is still thriving there.
Also earlier this year, Murphey was inducted into the Texas Music Legends Hall of Fame. Created by the Texas Songwriters Association and the Austin Songwriters Group, the honor was made because of vast contributions to the Texas Music Community.
Those who attended previous concerts of the cowboy poet Murphey know that they can expect being entertained with history, humor and of course, iconic songs. With the new album Austinology, Murphey’s legacy is sure to impact a new generation. His songs show the quality and explain why artists like Garth Brooks, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Ray Wylie Hubbard cite Murphey as a major influence on their own craft.
For more information, visit thelibertyinc.com or call 575-627-2121 or visit michaelmartinmurphey.com.