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JUST ANNOUNCED: Michael Martin Murphey’s American WestFest returns to Red River, New Mexico, JULY 4th-8th, 2018!

Murphey’s wildly popular festival concept has been presented multiple times in many states of the U.S. since 1986, helping to earn Murphey a place in the Western Music Hall of Fame, National Cowboy Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame’s 2018 main exhibit, “Outlaws and Armadillos”. Westfest has sparked the careers of hundreds of American Western performing artists and fine artists. The Hall of Great Westerners Awardee, Red Steagall, called Murphey's Westfest “the festival by which all other Western festivals will be measured in the future."  

Michael Martin Murphey, who wrote and sang the enduring hit Western song, “Wildfire”, introduced Westfest to the world in front of an audience of 40 million on the Tonight Show in 1986, and it was soon hailed as the “the best festival in the USA” by Country Music Magazine, and praised by Cowboys and Indians Magazine, True West Magazine, American Cowboy Magazine, USA Today, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times and many others. 

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There are several reasons that Michael Martin Murphey likes to return to Red River as often as possible. 

“Red River is my spiritual home,” said Murphey. “It’s absolutely stunning here. I went there several times when I was still in high school. I was hooked on thesheer beauty of the area then and decided that it would always be a part of my life.”


For the SIXTH consecutive year, the iconic singer - songwriter of such classic hits as “Wildfire,” “Carolina In The Pines,” “Geronimo’s Cadillac” and more,  Michael Martin Murphey will return to Red River, NM to perform at his Rocking 3M Amphitheater from late June through late August.


On the seventh installment of his celebrated Cowboy Songs series, Michael Martin Murphey—long a for-real rancher in addition to being America’s foremost advocate for the cowboy in song and in his environmentally beneficial lifestyle—deploys his own tunes and complementary covers to construct a narrative of humans being formed, and transformed, by nature. Witness the latest of six generations of cattlemen bucking the odds of a dwindling market in the Irish-tinged “Three Sons”; the young man engulfed in “sinful living” who hears a divine voice calling him to the straight and narrow when the sky opened up while he was in the midst of rustling cattle, as recounted in a powerful reading of Marty Robbins’s classic Western melodrama-in-song, “Master’s Call”; the soul enriching virtues of living in the natural world chronicled in the thoughtful piano-and-fiddle-based ballad “Campfire On the Road,” in which Murph urges, “We must never let them take this life away.” Assaying another high-stakes issue, he addresses a relationship’s end in a tender, acoustic-based sayonara “The End of the Road.” Boasting sonics as clear and refreshing as the rivers running through some of these songs, High Stakes is a topical gamble offering an inspiring payoff. Take it. –-David McGee

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