Michael Martin Murphey

Booking Contact:  JRA Fine Arts 615-859-7040
Publicist: Lance Cowan 615-331-1710
Bluegrass Radio Promotions: Hope River Entertainment


RED RIVER DRIFTER by Michael Martin Murphey
Red River Entertainment
Release Date:  July 9, 2013


Peaceful Country — My wife and I recently moved back to the mountains of Colorado. It wasn’t easy. We both live very busy lives, and I began to see this as a parable about what all lovers are trying to get back to. Something of a quieter, peaceful existence where they are doing things on a daily basis they are passionate about. I tour so much that going home is my vacation, so I try to live in vacation places.

Under a Rolling Sky —  The happiest I think you can be is where you lose your way but are not scare. You’re on the road not taken.  You’re lost, but you’re happy. I’m a Christian, but I’m also heavily influenced by Zen.  This is heavily influenced by Zen.

Secret Smile —  This is a song I wrote for my wife, Karen. I think there’s a secret smile that happens between two people who are falling in love that only they can see. The trick of a relationship is keeping that secret smile going for a lifetime.  When that starts to disappear you’re in trouble, buddy!

Faded Blue — I remember a time in my younger life when a city slicker took my girlfriend away because I didn’t have any means. Then it occurred to me: if she would run off with somebody else, did I really want her anyway?  So I’m sticking with my faded blues. I’m not changing my lifestyle so i can attract somebody who is attracted to things i don’t want.

Shake It Off — Paulene Reese is one of the top female singers in Texas. We’ve been friends a long time, and we had a great time singing this together.

Hardscrabble Creek — I grew up around people who could scrape out a living during the hardest times you could imagine. None of the hard times we’re going through now compare to what they went through in the Depression.  That is what the word “hardscrabble” refers to. They scratched out a living on ground that doesn’t give up a living easily.  they made it through by watching each others’ back and by being a community.  Its’ about overcoming hard times together and it’s as pertinent now as it was then.

Mountain Storm — Every time I play in the mountains I wonder if I’ll get rained out.  But if you wait a little while, things will change. You just enjoy the storm as much as you enjoy the rainbow.  There’s that Zen thing again. I wrote this with my son, Ryan. There’s a lot that is very personal between the two of us, that stems from when I was going through a divorce with his mother.

The Gathering — This is a farewell to my old guitar player, Paul Sadler, who died two years ago. Paul loved Celtic music. He called me before he died and said he wanted to clear the air of any tension between us.  He said he’d always intended to be friends.  We both realized that we owe so much to our friends.  In the final end when we all gather, we’re going to realize we owe as much to our foes as our friends.

New Old Love — Ryan wanted to write a song about a marriage that seemingly has become troubled but can still be renewed.  Sometimes, relationships turn around and you’re not sure why. It’s nothing we did or didn’t do.  But it’s all brand new again.

Unfinished Symphony — I’ve been working on this particular melody for more than 30 years.  I could never find the words.  So Ryan suggested we write about it being unfinished.  It’s about how you think love is going to last forever because there’s a defined set of circumstances that will play out as a progression to life. But that’s not possible.  It is constantly evolving and changing. We used music as a comparison. In the beginning of the relationship, the melody and harmony are easy. Then it evolves and the complexity turns into interweaving intricacies. The two lives forever growing together, but never finished. The song is always being refined.