Michael Martin Murphey connects with audience

Julye Keeble

Staff writer

Texas-born, award-winning singer/songwriter Michael Martin Murphey performed Dec. 9 at the Janey Slaughter Briscoe Grand Opera House. Alongside his Rio Grande Band, Murphey sang, played guitar and spoke of simpler times and cowboy Christmas traditions to a large crowd.

Clearly connecting to his audience, he praised local couples who had been married more than half a century and wished one woman a happy birthday.

Murphey was introduced by his youngest son, Brennan Michael John Murphey, who played a custom 23-string Celtic lap harp during the show. He spoke of his father’s love of western tradition, and of the Murphey Western Institute, which raised funds for hurricane relief in rural Texas areas. He also spoke of their involvement in preserving the Kansas cabin where “Home on the Range” was composed, and the resulting docu-drama film of the same name.


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