Murphey was a key figure in the birth of the progressive country music movement in the 1970s. When he lived in Austin in the mid-70s, Murphey “was one of the formative voices and most sophisticated songwriters of the progressive-country boom that defined Austin’s music in that era. Murpheys' originals such as ‘Geronimo’s Cadillac’, ‘Alley’s of Austin’ and ‘Backslider’s Wine’ remain among the most graceful and accomplished tunes come out of Austin’s turbulent country-rock scene.” (John Davis / Austin American Statesman); In 2013, Murphey celebrated the 40th anniversary of the “Cosmic Cowboy” movement, which set the stage for the Willie Nelson / Waylon Jennings - led “Outlaw Movement.”
Hits include "Wildfire," "Carolina In The Pines," "What's Forever For," "A Long Line of Love," “Cosmic Cowboy”, “Geronimo’s Cadillac”, "Cherokee Fiddle”, "Boy From The Country";
Murphey is the #1 best-selling singer of American Cowboy Music in the world and his songs have been recorded by multiple artists including John Denver, Kenny Rogers, Cher, Lyle Lovett, Flatt & Scruggs, Hoyt Axton, Roger Miller, Bobbie Gentry, Michael Nesmith and The Monkees. He was inducted into the Texas Songwriters’ Hall of Fame in 2009. Also an inductee into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame (2009), as well as a member of the Nebraska Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Colorado Country Music Hall of Fame.
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