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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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Michael Martin Murphey has spent much of the past couple of decades focusing primarily on cowboy songs, both with originals and covering classics. On "Red River Drifter," the western feel is still prominent, but Murphey also reveals bluegrass, country, pop and jazz influences on a collection of new compositions. Murphey's reverence for the outdoors remains intact with the up-tempo bluegrass track Peaceful Country, on which son Ryan Murphey shines on mandolin. »»»
Buckaroo Blue Grass II CD review - Buckaroo Blue Grass II
Michael Martin Murphey is certainly best known for his cowboy western music. Including his most popular song, Wildfire, Murphey helped to re-define the genre after it seemed to wither in the past. Country music had left the old west behind and stepped into a more modern era. Now, Murphey is attempting to breathe more life into those country western classics, while instilling energy into the growing bluegrass genre. In 2009, Murphey received a Grammy nomination for Bluegrass Album of the Year with »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Cantrell continues to satisfy – Laura Cantrell may never be a country star. Not at this stage of her career when she's 50, touring here and there and releasing new music every few years or so. But five albums in, Cantrell continues as a warm, enjoyable and worthy purveyor of her brand of country. That would mean going towards a more traditional side, not rushing the songs... »»»
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