One of the primary founders of the rich Austin singer/songwriter tradition, Michael Martin Murphey proved his talent and skill as a solo performer. (By the way, Michael Martin Murphey will be in concert at Iron Horse Pub on Thursday, March 8. Call 767-9488 for show times and admission prices.) On his new CD, “Campfire On The Road,” Murphey returns to his solo roots with a fascinating set recorded one chilly evening in Colorado Springs. With only his own expert acoustic guitar chops as accompaniment to his trademark vocal clarity, Murphey holds the crowd spellbound throughout a set that includes past MMM favorites such as “Boy From The Country,” “West Texas Highway,” “Geronimo’s Cadillac,” “Texas Morning” and “Lost River.” And, of course, he throws in a few traditional cowboy songs just because of who he is. While it might be easy to dismiss much of “Campfire On The Road” as being a bit too balladheavy, that would be missing the whole point of the show. The fact is that Michael Martin Murphey almost single-handedly started Texas music performance movement that has endured for more than four decades, and led directly to the success of some of the most legendary names in homegrown Texas music – and it all came from his keen knack for drawing audiences so completely into his words and music that they are unable to not listen. And the show is over far too soon. Like “Lone Cowboy,” the first MMM solo album, “Campfire On The Road” is a mesmerizing and thoroughly enjoyable visit with one of the true masters of the solo singer/songwriter art.
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