Murphey, Michael Martin


  • From Dallas, Texas (born in Oak Cliff, Texas). Lives in Colorado.
  • 1964, formed first band with Michael Nesmith (later of the Monkees) called the Trinity River Boys.
  • 1967, wrote “What Am I Doing Hanging Round” for the Monkees and other songs recorded by the group.
  • 1971, became part of the “outaw country” movement in Austin, Texas with Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Jerry Jeff Walker, etc.
  • 1973, recorded biggest hit “Wildfire.”
  • 1983, recorded “Carolina in the Pines,” and won Male Vocalist of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards.
  • 1990, recorded “Cowboy Songs,” the first Gold Record for an album of cowboy music since Marty Robbins’ “Gunfighter Ballads.”
  • 2004, inducted into the Western Music Hall of Fame (WMA).
  • 2008, recorded Buckaroo Blue Grass (Rural Rhythm) produced by his son Ryan.
  • 2009, named “Entertainer of the Year” at the Texas Music Awards.
  • 2010, released Buckaroo Blue Grass II, (Rural Rhythm), his second bluegrass album.
  • 2010, released a bluegrass Christmas album Acoustic Christmas Carols (Rural Rhythm).
  • 2011, released Tall Grass & Cool Water (Rural Rhythm), his third bluegrass album.