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Michael Martin Murphey slates Klamath concert
February 7, 2005
"Klamath Falls is a great little place," said
Murphey, who will make one of his periodic visits
with a 3 p.m. Sunday concert at the Ross Ragland
Murphey and his band will spend two hours
remembering "cowboy" music, including songs from his
1989 classic album, "Cowboy Songs," and his upcoming
CD, "Storm on the Range Lands, Cowboy Songs Volume
Sunday, he may reprise the title track from his 1976
album, "Swans Against the Sun." The song was
inspired by a visit to the Favell Museum and the
waterfowl paintings of former Klamath Falls artist
Don Hummel. Hummel's "Swans" painting was used on
the album cover.
believes the painting, and the song, reflect a
belief that, "We're all pretty awkward creatures,
but we all have a sacred quality about us."
Sunday's Ragland appearance is the last stop on a regional tour, so Murphey plans to spend some time in Ashland visiting his brother and watching rehearsals for the upcoming season of plays, which opens Feb. 25.
But Murphey also hopes to update himself on issues involving Klamath Basin irrigators, Klamath Indians and the ongoing water crisis.
am familiar as I think you can be as an outsider,"
Murphey said. "I think things are moving in a
direction where the government is realizing it made
some mistakes. It's too bad about the battle going
on there, but I'm glad the participants are standing
up for what they think, for being willing to get
involved with the system."
Last month he held a concert in Nashville to raise
money for tsunami victims. His upcoming national
tour for the Paragon Foundation of New Mexico will
raise money to preserve American range land for
ranchers and farmers. He's especially concerned
about inheritance taxes that force ranchers and
farmers and their families to subdivide and sell
Murphey, a native Texan, talks expansively and
knowledgeably about issues affecting the West, and
he enjoys discussing and performing music that
traces those cultural influences.
traces elements of Western music to Ireland and
Scotland, and includes significant influences of
blacks with blues and gospel along with the rhythms
of Mexican and Latin music.
"Their experience speaks of loneliness, of wide open
spaces, and of the incredible challenge of hard
Michael Martin Murphey
Major pop hits in the 1970s included "Wildfire" and
"Carolina in the Pines."
First album was 1972's "Geronimo's Cadillac," with
the title song an anthem for the American Indians
rights movement, followed by "Cosmic Cowboy
Education includes college at North Texas State
"where I majored in jam sessions" and UCLA, where he
was a member of the folk-rock group The Lewis and
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