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Michael Martin Murphey

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2014

    Five Outdoor Texas Festivals That Went South

    Free Press Summer Fest dodged a pretty serious bullet this year. When festival officials announced that the grounds around Eleanor Tinsley Park needed to be evacuated around 2 p.m. last Saturday afternoon, some of us who were there had visions of pandemonium at the exits and the kind of heavy rains ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2013

    Monkees' Return Has Some Houston Fans Going Ape

    Houston gets its first shot of Monkee-mania in at least a generation tonight, when surviving members Peter Tork, Mickey Dolenz and Michael Nesmith visit the Arena Theatre. Judging by informal talk among friends, around the office and the social-media water-cooler, it's no exaggeration to say this mi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend

    Terry Allen McGonigel's Mucky Duck, January 19 It doesn't take long to notice that country-folk musicians from Lubbock are a little different. Whether it's all that flat surrounding them, the supposed UFO visits, or something else, they always seem a little more metaphysical than their peers. With ... More >>

  • Music

    January 17, 2013
  • Blogs

    May 31, 2012

    Michael Martin Murphey: "I Was Always Proud of Texas"

    Michael Martin Murphey will not get off the phone. The Texas singer-songwriter, arguably America's foremost ambassador and scholar of traditional cowboy ballads and trail songs, is the kind of person who has answered two or three other questions by the time his interviewer is ready to ask another on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2012

    Michael Martin Murphey: Cowboys & Bluegrass

    When last we left Texas singer-songwriter and rancher Michael Martin Murphey, he was explaining how he went against the country-music grain of the late '80s by recording the improbably successful album of traditional trail songs and ballads, Cowboy Songs. Here he tells us how he continued exploring ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2012

    Michael Martin Murphey: The Cosmic Cowboy Years

    Texas singer-songwriter and real by-god cowboy Michael Martin Murphey has already walked Rocks Off through a healthy bit of the past 100 years of American folk music this morning, as well as a good bit of his own. But dissatisfied with the folk scene he found out in late-'60s Southern California, he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2012

    Upcoming: Guided By Voices, English Beat, Gaslight Anthem, Yanni, Cave Singers, Etc.

    3 Doors Down: Sat., June 23, 7 p.m., $35-$65. Bayou Music Center, 520 Texas, Houston. Big Pokey, Lil Flip, ESG, Lil Keke, Yungster: Wed., June 27, 8 p.m., $25/$30. Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, Houston. The Cave Singers: Sun., June 10, 8 p.m., $8. Continental Club, 3700 Main, Houston. Citizen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    Top Five Songs About Horses

    ​Rocks Off's regular readers presumably know by now that we love few things more than offbeat anniversaries, and recently we came across one of the oddest yet. Thirty-two years ago Monday, on Feb. 28, 1979, the "actor" who played the original Mr. Ed in the 1960s TV show passed away. Yes, we're ... More >>

  • Music

    August 19, 2010
  • Blogs

    December 4, 2009

    Complete List of Texas' 2010 Grammy Nominees

    ​Rocks Off was pretty sure we missed a few Texas (or Texas-connected) artists in Thursday's writeup of the 2010 Grammy nominees, and it turns out we were right. We don't even remember scrolling past some of these categories over at Grammy.com, to be honest, but thanks to the Texas Music Office's C ... More >>

  • Music

    December 4, 2008

    In the Pines of Houston

    Americana prospers in the northern suburbs

  • Music

    August 24, 2006

    Starry Lullabye

    Ailing Houston-area native David Schnaufer has taken the Appalachian dulcimer to the mountaintop

  • Music

    June 24, 2004
  • Music

    April 29, 2004

    The Dirty Thirty

    The worst songs of all time from Texas

  • Calendar

    December 11, 2003

    Touched by an Angel

    Shows that aren’t afraid to explore the sexy side of Christmas

  • Music

    December 5, 2002

    Kenny G.'s Revenge

    Smooth-jazz fans blast Racket

  • Culture

    November 29, 2001
  • Music

    June 28, 2001

    Being Gary P.

    He packs dance halls across Texas. But how does he play in Peoria?

  • Music

    September 9, 1999

    Roundabout Way

    Cornell Hurd finally finds his musical niche

  • Music

    November 26, 1998
  • Music

    August 20, 1998
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