Michael Martin Murphy

Raised in Dallas, Texas Michael Martin Murphy started riding horses on his grandfathers ranches at six years old sleeping on the porch under the stars listening to the older man’s stories and cowboy songs.  At the age of seventeen, he took his first “professional” music job, playing western songs around a campfire at a Texas ranch. By the early 1960s, Murphey was playing the clubs in Dallas, performing country music, folk music, and rock music. In 1968,Michael Martin Murphy moved to the San Gabriel Mountains to write songs and had songs Flatt and Scruggs, Bobbie Gentry, Kenny Rogers and The Monkees all record songs.  1971, Murphey returned to Texas and became part of the Outlaw country movement with his band The Cosmic Cowboys which later backed Jerry Jeff Walker.  It was during this period that Michael Martin Murphy wrote “Geronimo’s Cadillac”, a song about Indian rights that later became an unofficial anthem for the American Indian Movement in the early 1970s.  In 1975 he release BlueSky-Night Thunder that included “Wildfire”. Michael Martin Murphy has six gold albums and has has become a prominent musical voice for the Western horseman, rancher, and cowboy.

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