Michael Martin Murphey Performs Tonight at One World Theater
Yes, it’s true. They call Michael Martin Murphey “the singing cowboy poet,” yet so much more lies beneath the surface of that cowboy hat. He’s penned quite a few pop and country-western hits in his day.
It began long after Murphey’s brief stint at North Texas State College, when he went on to UCLA. Around 1964, he got together with some other Texas musicians he knew, like John London (bassist on James Taylor’s first album), and Michael Nesmith to form a band called the New Survivors. While their one and only album never got released, it was a great connection Murphey made with Nesmith, who, as you may know, went on to success with The Monkees. They recorded one of Murphey’s songs, “What Am I Doing Hangin’ Around?”
Murphey’s reputation as a great songwriter grew, and throughout the years, his songs have been recorded by several other artists like John Denver and Lyle Lovett. Still, when it comes down to it, his heart remains true to songs of the cowboy. He’s a revered guest of honor at every Western event or festival you can imagine, and rightly so.
Murphey is performing tonight at One World Theater on 7701 Bee Cave Rd. He’s scheduled for two shows: 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Just contact the theater for ticket information.