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Michael Martin Murphey guests on NPR's 'Mountain Stage' program

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Singer-songwriter Michael Martin Murphey, who's had a string of country hits, both as a solo artist and duet partner, will perform on the popular National Public Radio program known as "Mountain Stage," when it feeds to affiliate stations nationwide on May 9.

Touted as “one of the best songwriters in America” by Rolling Stone in the early '70s, Murphey's managed to leave his mark on the American music landscape, thanks to creating and cutting enduring hits such as “Wildfire,” “Carolina In The Pines,” “Geronimo’s Cadillac,” “A Long Line of Love,” “Cherokee Fiddle” and “Boy From The Country,” among his solo efforts. he's also been a hit-making duet partner, and throughout his career, he's graced the top of the charts in a number of genres, from country, pop and bluegrass to the Western music charts.

With six gold albums and multiple Grammy nods to his credit, Murphey--through all the chart-jumping and genre-busting--has remained constant to an honest, sophisticated approach to his songwriting. His newest record, "Red River Drifter" (on Red River Entertainment) is a collection that draws from a deep well of eclectic influences that span from classical to country, blues to bluegrass, pop to western.

“What I’ve written over the years has always reflected what was influencing me at the time,”Murphey said via a May 6 email shared with Examiner. “This album is a return to those days when I was influenced by everything. Right now, some really interesting, intricate melodies are coming to me.”

The songs of Lone Star State native Murphey have consistently reflected his lifestyle, and are understandably seen through a Western lens, often built on outdoor themes with the sensibilities of his cowboy lifestyle. From the first notes of the bluegrass-driven “Peaceful Country,” the songster's "Red River Drifter" release takes listeners on a journey through the broad spectrum of the music the bearded artist absorbs while traveling from city to city--up to 200 dates a year--and from coast to coast.

In addition to Murphey, the May 9 radio broadcast will feature the quintessential Irish-American band Solas, Irish musician Sean Keane, New England singer-songwriter Mark Mulcahy and Nashville’s Logan Brill. For a complete list of stations that carry "Mountain Stage," along with broadcast times, please click here. Also, the show will be available online the following week at www.npr.org/series/mountain-stage.

  • Video bonus: To eye a clip on Murphey's life and music, simply access the video embedded with this post.
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