I first came across the Texas cowboy, Michael Martin Murphey as one of the many artists on the Circle Vol II album. I loved the sound of his voice and his song selection (Lost River) was perfect. That was back in 1989 and some 20 years later Murphy is now in his 60’s and he still sounds great.
This new album Tall Grass & Cool Water follows earlier releases under the Buckeroo Blue Grass 1 and 2 titles and is more country focused than bluegrass. Murphy, who also produced the album, has featured bluegrass instrumentation in the arrangements while the album celebrates and delivers all of the trappings of a great cowboy collection.
Murphey is a consumate storyteller and spins a great yarn with his music. He has created some romantic visions of famed outlaws Frank and Jesse James and Cole Younger in a trilogy titled The James Gang Trilogy. He also paints the most vivid picture in his The Santa Fe Trail which tells the story of a cowboys lust for life and love and the gal with a smile like an acre of sunflowers whose eyes near set fire to the praire.