On his new album, High Stakes: Cowboy Songs VII, iconic Western music artist Michael Martin Murphey pleads on the stunningly beautiful Australian cowboy song, “Campfire On The Road”:
“We must never let ’em take this life away / Old stock routes belong to one and all / Drovers, dreamers all agree / Poets, Aborigines / We have a right to light a campfire on the road.”
Murphey returns to his singing cowboy roots on High Stakes to tell riveting human stories of love and hate, sin and redemption, loss and risk, failure and victory, revenge and forgiveness and family legacy. Among the highlights are his take on John Williamson's “Three Sons,” and "Campfire on the Road,” Roger Creager’s “I’ve Got The Guns,” and Marty Robbins’ standards “Running Gun” and “Master’s Call.” The wonderful “Emilia Farewell” and “The End Of The Road” — both written with son, Ryan Murphey —are gorgeous traditional cowboy songs. On the title track, also written with Ryan and third collaborator Pauline Reese, Murphey explains there is an urgency to his message: “You don’t understand the cards you’re holding and your hands start to shake / High Stakes.”
Over the past 40 years, Murphey has left an indelible mark on the American music landscape with hits like "Geronimo's Cadillac,” "Cosmic Cowboy,” “Wildfire,” “Carolina In The Pines,” “Cherokee Fiddle,” “What’s Forever For,” and "Cowboy Logic."
On Friday, December 1, Michael Martin Murphey returns to the Cactus stage with his full band to present another of his trademark holiday-themed performances. His annual trek across the Southwest brings his "Cowboy Christmas Show" front and center for a time of reflection and celebration of the simpler, most important things in life.
Ticket info: Limited VIP/pre-show Meet & Greet (arrive early at 6:15) reserved seat tickets located on the first two rows $60; floor rows 3-6 are $40; rows 7-12 are $35; balcony seating $30 and limited balcony box seats $70 (box tickets included concessions).