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Michael Martin Murphey 

When: Wed., Sept. 12, 9 p.m. 2012
Price: $20
The last time I saw Michael Martin Murphey, he was perusing the guns and artifacts on display at Cheekwood’s Visions of the American West: Masterworks From the Buffalo Bill Historical Center exhibition in 2011. A recipient of honors and awards from both the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and the Academy of Country Music, Murphey is one of the few contemporary artists one might still call “Country and Western.” Most readers will know Murphey for pop and country hits like “Wildfire” and “What’s Forever For,” but this stop at Bluebird Cafe will focus less on Murphey’s career as a recording artist and more on his credits as a songwriter. He was a force in the Austin, Texas, country-rock scene in the 1970s, when Rolling Stone recognized Murphey as “the best new songwriter in the country,” a claim backed up by M.M.M. being covered by artists as diverse as Lyle Lovett, Kenny Rogers and John Denver. The Monkees’ cut of “What Am I Doing Hangin’ Round” is a personal fave. Here’s hoping Murphey plays that one tonight.
— Joe Nolan


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