#1 for Michael Martin Murphey’s Tall Grass & Cool Water

Nashville, TN (1.24.11)  MICHAEL MARTIN MURPHEY’s album, TALL GRASS & COOL WATER, Cowboy Songs Volume 6 / Buckaroo Bluegrass 3 hit #1 this month on the Top 20 Western Music Albums Chart of the Western Music Association. Previously the album hit #4 on Billboard’s Top 10 Bluegrass Album Chart.

TALL GRASS & COOL WATER continues the connection between Cowboy and Bluegrass music that began with his Grammy® nominated BUCKAROO BLUE GRASS album and continued with BUCKAROO BLUE GRASS II.  The third of the series, TALL GRASS & COOL WATER is a collection of songs that are cowboy in theme yet played in a style that is compatible with the sterling bluegrass musicians he’s brought together including Sam Bush, Ronnie McCoury, Pat Flynn, Charlie Cushman, Andy Hall, Andy Leftwich, Troy Engle, Mike Bub and Craig Nelson.

Music critics certainly have applauded the album saying:

TALL GRASS & COOL WATER is a musical tribute to the culture, history, intrigue and stories of the west. Every buckaroo with some nostalgia for the prairie needs to corral a copy of this album. The bluegrass instrumentation is as blue and big as the Texas sky, and the cowboy songs are perfect for listening to around the campfire after a long day on the trail.” Joe Ross (CD Insight, Roots Music Report).

“Once again, Murphey has released an album that serves as a history lesson, but one that you’ll look forward to taking!” – Music News Nashville

“Michael Martin Murphey has created a sub-genre of bluegrass that he calls Buckaroo Bluegrass.  Basically, it is cowboy music with a bluegrass beat.  If you like both cowboy music and bluegrass, you should really like this.” – Owensboro-Messenger Inquirer

“The Smithsonian should create a medal for artists like Michael Martin Murphey. He has earned himself a distinct place in country music history with his albums that almost singlehandedly keep the cowboy song alive. The music he makes, the stories and language that music preserves, and the true spirit of the cowboy culture that he carries on, is an achievement as great as any in modern times.  With his new release Tall Grass & Cool Water, he continues to explore the connection between cowboy and bluegrass music; these songs are cowboy in theme, yet played in a bluegrass style.” Parcbench

“Tall Grass & Cool Water is a marriage made in heaven.” – Post Gazette (MA)

“On TALL GRASS & COOL WATER, Michael Martin Murphey proves again that he is one of the original stars.   His bluegrass sound is at once gradiose, warm and optimistic.  One of the best albums of the year!” – John Shelton Ivany – JS Top 21

MICHAEL MARTIN MURPHEY just wrapped up his annual Cowboy Christmas tour, selling out 18 of 20 halls in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Colorado.  Upcoming performances include the Victoria Fine Arts Center (Victoria, TX), Western Folklife Center (Elko, NV), Central Washington University Music Center (Ellensburg, WA) and many more.  For more information on MICHAEL MARTIN MURPHEY including additional tour dates, please visit:  MichaelMartinMurphey.com

New live performance video of Michael Martin Murphey

Michael Martin Murphey and the Rio Grande Band perform “Big Iron” by Marty Robbins at the 27th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering on January 28, 2011. Don’t miss Michael Martin Murphey and the Rio Grande Band featuring Pat Flynn at the upcoming Gathering! Video by Brennan Murphey

BlueHighways TV and Rural Rhythm Records Form Partnership to Help Promote Roots Music

BlueHighways TV (BHTV) and Rural Rhythm Records announced today that they have formed a promotional partnership to bring the label’s artists to BHTV viewers through HD television specials, guest appearances and music video segments. As part of the new partnership, Rural Rhythm artists will also take to the festival stages to educate fans about BlueHighways TV.

“It is satisfying when two companies in a companion industry can see the benefit of mutual promotion to reach a common goal,” said Stan Hitchcock, Chairman and CEO of BlueHighways TV.  “BHTV and Rural Rhythm are both linked to roots music fans throughout the nation, and with this new partnership, we can continue to spread the word about BlueHighways TV’s roots music programming, including the new features with Rural Rhythm artists.”

‘For us, it is all about the music”, says Sam Passamano, President of Rural Rhythm Records. “Television is one of the ways people are discovering and enjoying new music, and this partnership with BlueHighways TV strengthens another marketing path to our fans and customers.  We are extremely excited for some interesting collaborations over the next year.”

Rural Rhythm dedicates itself to preserving the works of legendary bluegrass and old-time country music, and at the same time is committed to bringing fans closer to today’s acoustic music for the new generation of edgy but true-to-its roots artists: Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Lonesome River Band, Michael Martin Murphey, Lou Reid & Carolina, Carrie Hassler, Grasstowne, Audie Blaylock and Redline, Blue Moon Rising, The Roys, Bobby Osborne, Rodney Dillard & The Dillard Band, and more.


BlueHighways TV’s original programming features roots music, arts and culture presented as a colorful tapestry of American life and heritage.  Signature roots music programs include:  Reno’s Old Time Music Festival, Stan Hitchcock’s Heart to Heart, Woodsongs, Old Country Church, along with selected episodes of America’s Back Roads and the Sampler Series.

About Rural Rhythm

Uncle Jim O’Neal started Rural Rhythm Records in 1955 and now over 56 years later, the label continues its dedication to preserving the works of bluegrass and old-time country music legends from the 50’s, 60’s & early 70’s in their Sound Tradition collection.  In 2005, Rural Rhythm launched their New Tradition series that includes some of the top artists in bluegrass music today.  These albums and songs have topped the Billboard and radio charts and garnered numerous Grammy, Dove and IBMA nominations as well.   In the last several years, they launched two new arms of the label, Rural Rhythm Christian with projects by Larry Sparks, Mike Scott, Lou Reid and Carolina, and more; plus Rural Rhythm Country with a new album by Nashville’s highly respected entertainer and songwriter, Mason Douglas.

About BlueHighways TV TM

BlueHighways TV is an independent satellite, cable and broadband delivered television network that grew out of the great interest that audiences have in exploring the folklore, music, traditions, destinations and artistry of America.   Conceived and created by Network Creative Group, LLC, BlueHighways TV captures that welcoming, down-home spirit that Americans are known for, delivered with a fresh and sincere voice.  BHTV is available as a high definition network, via VOD, and viewed online in over 190 countries. For more information, visit BlueHighways TV’s website at www.bluehighwaystv.com

Tall Grass & Cool Water by Michael Martin Murphey

MICHAEL MARTIN MURPHEY and his Buckaroo Bluegrass friends ride again with his new album release – TALL GRASS & COOL WATER that continues the connection between Cowboy and Bluegrass music.  This all began with his Grammy® nominated BUCKAROO BLUE GRASS album and continued with BUCKAROO BLUE GRASS II.  The third of the series, TALL GRASS & COOL WATER is a collection of songs that are cowboy in theme yet played in a style that is compatible with the sterling bluegrass musicians he’s brought together including Sam Bush, Ronnie McCoury, Pat Flynn, Charlie Cushman, Andy Hall, Andy Leftwich, Troy Engle, Mike Bubb and Craig Nelson.

The album is now available at: Best Buy, f.y.e. entertainment, Amazon.com, iTunes, eMusic, Ernest Tubb Record Shops and many, many more retail outlets.

TALL GRASS & COOL WATER features the JAMES GANG TRILOGY with the songs: “The Ballad of Jesse James,” “The Ballad of Cole Younger,” and “Frank James Farewell.”  Produced and arranged by Ryan Murphey, this new project is heavily driven by Michael Martin Murphey’s own lifestyle as a rancher who has enjoyed decades of raising horses and cattle on the wide-open prairies and mountains of the Southwest and Mid-West.

Those who listen to TALL GRASS & COOL WATER will be transported in imagination and emotion to America’s vast prairies and mountains, connect with nature, and feel the passion of the personal relationships that develop among the people of the American mountains and prairies.

MICHAEL MARTIN MURPHEY’S mission is clear on TALL GRASS & COOL WATER: He wants people to fall in love with the American landscape and culture that defines what America is all about including the heritage of bluegrass and cowboy music.


1.      Texas Cowboy
2.      Cool Water
3.      Santa Fe Trail
4.      Way Out There
5.      The Railroad Corral
6.      Partner to the Wind
7.      Trusty Lariat
8.      The Ballad of Cole Younger
9.      The Ballad of Jesse James
10.     Frank James Farewell
11.     Blue Prairie
12.     Springtime in the Rockies

For more information on Michael Martin Murphey, please visit his official website.

New music from Michael Martin Murphey

Rural Rhythm Records is very proud to announce the brand new single, “The Ballad Of Jesse James” by multi-award winning and Bluegrass Grammy® nominated artist, Michael Martin Murphey. The song is from the upcoming album, TALL GRASS & COOL WATER releasing June 28, 2011.

“The Ballad of Jesse James” includes the talents of Michael Martin Murphey (lead vocals / rhythm guitar); Pat Flynn (lead /acoustic guitar); Ryan Murphey (mandolin); Troy Engle (fiddle / banjo); and Mike Bubb (upright bass.)

The song is part of a “James Gang Trilogy” feature on the album along with “The Ballad of Cole Younger,” and “Frank James Farewell.”  This public domain ballad was supposedly written by Billy Gashade, but his identity if a mystery. The song is a parody of “Rally ‘Round the Flag,” a popular Union anthem during the Civil War. Jesse and Frank James grew up on a prairie farm near Kearney, Missouri. They became the most notorious outlaws in American history, and were compared to Robin Hood by Confederate loyalist after the Civil War.

“The Ballad of Jesse James” now available to radio stations via AirplayDirect.com. Stay tuned for upcoming announcements on TALL GRASS & COOL WATER as Murphey and his Buckaroo Blue Grass friends ride again. This new project no doubt continues the important connection between bluegrass music and cowboy music that began with the first BUCKAROO BLUE GRASS album and continued with last year’s Grammy® nominated BUCKAROO BLUE GRASS II album.

For more information on Michael Martin Murphey, please visit his official website.

Michael Martin Murphey’s “Acoustic Christmas Carols”

RURAL RHYTHM CHRISTIAN is proud to announce the new album, “ACOUSTIC CHRISTMAS CAROLS, Cowboy Christmas II ” by multi-awarding winning singer-songwriter, Michael Martin Murphey. The artist kicked off his 17th Annual Cowboy Christmas Ball Tour™ on November 26, 2010 in Benton, Kansas with stops in at least 15 cities before Christmas.  A complete itinerary can be found at his website.

Murphey provides lead and harmony vocals, guitar, and tambourine on ACOUSTIC CHRISTMAS CAROLS, Cowboy Christmas II and is joined by Ryan Murphey (guitar), Laura Murphey (vocals), Brennan Murphey (guitar), Bea McTye (pipe organ), Paul Sadler (hammer dulcimer), John McEuen (guitar, banjo, mandolin, tambourine, Indian drum), Tony Laupheimer (percussion), Joey Miskulin (accordion), and produced by Joey Miskulin and Michael Martin Murphey. The album is now available to radio via Airplay Direct and available for sale at iTunes, Amazon, Rural Rhythm Records, MichaelMartinMurphey.com, and many other retail outlets.

01 Home, Sweet Home
02 O Little Town of Bethlehem
03 The First Noël
04 In the Bleak Midwinter
05 ‘Twas in the Moon of Wintertime
06 Away in a Manger
07 Joy to the World
08 It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
09 We Three Kings
10 Go Tell It on the Mountain
11 Silent Night
12 What Child Is This?
13 I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
14 Home, Sweet Home (Reprise)
The arrangements are reflective of the sounds of a solitary minstrel, or a small group of friends and family singing in a tiny chapel or around the fireside,“ explained Murphey. The cover art for “ACOUSTIC CHRISTMAS CAROLS, Cowboy Christmas II” was provided by award-winning Utah artist and cowboy, Pete Plastow

Rural Rhythm Records has released two previous CDs by Murphey including: the Grammy™ nominated BUCKAROO BLUE GRASS; and this year’s BUCKAROO BLUE GRASS II: Riding Song that includes two power country vocal collaborations – “Wildfirewith Carrie Hassler and Running Gunwith Audie Blaylock.

For more information on Michael Martin Murphey, please visit www.michaelmartinmurphey.com or www.ruralrhythm.com  Booking services for Murphey are handled by Class Act Entertainment.


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Michael Martin Murphey’s “Buckaroo Blue Grass II: Riding Song”

Michael Martin Murphey and his Buckaroo Blue Grass friends ride again on the February 9, 2010 album release ofBUCKAROO BLUE GRASS II: Riding Song.  The album expands on his passions of his Grammy nominated album, “BUCKAROO BLUE GRASS,” creating fully acoustic bluegrass versions of songs about the region to which Murphey has been deeply connected for a lifetime – the American Southwest.

The high lonesome sound in bluegrass music has always appealed to the cowboy soul. Somehow the acoustic instruments used in bluegrass have a drive, energy and expansive quality – an almost mystical “wide open country” sort of feeling that seems built into the design. You can hear and feel it on Rob Ickes‘ country sound in the new version of “Wildfire. It seems the American West has produced “running-wide-open” acoustic musicians like Pat Flynn, Sam Bush, Rob Ickes and Ryan Murphey who have been key in developing the Buckaroo Blue Grass sound as they blaze a trail connecting Cowboy and Western music to Bluegrass by exploring Wild West sonic spaces. [audio:http://ruralrhythm.com/web/uploads//2010/03/MMM2M3master.mp3|titles=Buckaroo Blue Grass II Album Trailer]

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