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Michael Martin Murphey signs again with Rural Rhythm

Tuesday, October 6, 2009 – Rural Rhythm Records signed Michael Martin Murphey to a multi-album recording contract with the label. Due to the success of Murphey's Rural Rhythm albums, "Buckaroo Blue Grassl" out in February, and "Cowboy Classics - Old West Cowboy Collection," from June, the label will release "Buckaroo Bluegrass 2" on Feb. 9, 2010.

The project will feature two singles released last week during the International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA) World of Bluegrass held in Nashville.

During the IBMA convention, Rural Rhythm Records hosted a private showcase including a performance by Murphey and fellow label singer Carrie Hassler performing his career hit Wildfire. Murphey and Hassler recorded the new version of the song just two weeks prior to the IBMA convention. The song will be available for digital download in the next few weeks.

During the VIP Showcase, Murphey performed another new single, Running Gun with Audie Blaylock & Redline. The song will also be available on "Buckaroo Bluegrass 2."

The new CD includes Sam Bush, Charlie Cushman, Troy Engle, Pat Flynn, Andy Hall, Rob Ickes, Andy Leftwich, Ryan Murphey, Craig Nelson and Matt Pierson. The album was produced by Ryan Murphey and engineered by Keith Compton.

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Red River Drifter CD review - Red River Drifter
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: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
Concert Review: No sugarcoating, Welch dishes out an experience – Gillian Welch (accompanied, as always, by master guitarist David Rawlings), celebrated her "The Harrow & The Harvest" album with a powerful night of music. She apologized many times for the utter unhappiness expressed through this album's songs, admitting it's "not the most chipper album" at one point.... »»»
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