Michael Martin Murphey’s reputation as a songwriter began in Los Angeles when The Monkees released his “What Am I Doin’ Hangin’ Round” on their multi-platinum Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd (1967).
Murphey will make a rare appearance focusing on his songwriting at the famed Bluebird Cafe on Wednesday, September 12 (9:00 p.m.)
As a recording artist, Murphey has topped the Pop charts with hits “Wildfire” and “Carolina In The Pines,” the Country charts with hits like “What’s Forever For” and “Long Line of Love” and the Western charts with hits like “Cowboy Logic.” A recipient of six gold albums, Murphey’s 2009 Buckaroo Blue Grass earned a Grammy nomination for Best Bluegrass Album and his songs have been covered by such artists as Lyle Lovett, John Denver, Kenny Rogers, Hoyt Axton, The Monkees and more.
“I grew up in a storytelling culture where you sat on the front porch and told stories in the evening,” Murphey explains. “That’s why I became a writer and why I became interested in writing songs.”
Moving his base to Nashville in the 1980s, Murphey continued topping the charts with a string of 10 hits before turning his attention to American Cowboy Music, anchoring Warner Brothers’ Warner Western Label, and releasing Cowboy Songs, Volume I, the first album of Cowboy Music to be certified gold by the RIAA since Marty Robbins’ 1959 Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs.