Michael Martin Murphey (from the album Austinology: Alleys of Austin available on Wildfire Productions)
There is a theory that you cannot go back in time though we it happens by chance in our imagination when looking at old images or hearing a song. Michael Martin Murphey once takes his music back in time, offering a today-take on songs from a few-decades past with Austinology: Alleys of Austin. Culled from his songwriting in the late 1960/1970’s period, Michael Martin Murphey revisits both unreleased tunes and tracks from his early releases, Geronimo’s Cadillac(1972), and Cosmic Cowboy Souvenir(1973). In September of 1972, Michael Martin Murphey hosted two sold out nights at Armadillo World Headquarters, a local Austin (primarily) Rock venue. Michael and his opening act, Willie Nelson, were at the heart of the songwriting change then taking place in Austin, Texas; musicians accompanying their words with music that held no allegiance to pure forms of Country, Rock, Folk, or Blues. Austinologyremembers the early 1970’s movement with a song from Guy Clark when Michael Martin Murphey is joined by The Bandeleros on “LA Freeway”. Bruce Robison sings alongside wife Kelly Willis for “Little Bird” as the album welcomes Lyle Lovett in with “Drunk Lady of the Morning” and Randy Rogers in the toast for “Backslider’s Wine”.
Old friends from the early days of a musical time that took the initial steps towards Americana as well as artists influenced by the sound join Michael Martin Murphey on Austinology – Alleys of Austin. His 1972 opening act, Willie Nelson, joins Michael Martin Murphey alongside Lyle Lovett as they walk the album title in “Alleys of Austin”. The trio come together again in the vocals of “Cosmic Cowboy”, along with some other contemporaries from Austin circa 1970, Jerry Jeff Walker, Bruce Robison, Gary P. Nunn, Django Walker, and Bob Livingston. The title track from his debut album became an unofficial theme for the American Indian rights movements of the 1970’s, and Michael Martin Murphey is joined by fellow believer Steve Earle on “Geronimo’s Cadillac’ on Austinologywhile Amy Grant saddles up to hop on “Wildfire”. A Texas tale unfolds as a three-part story with “Texas Trilogy”, the audio curtain unfolding for “Daybreak”, “Trainride”, and “Bosque County Romance” as Michael Martin Murphey continues a history lesson in “Outlaw Medley”, sampling songs from Waylon Jennings and Tom Rush.
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