Flatwoods to Host Michael Martin Murphy Concert


Adam Black, Editor

The Ashland Beacon 



   Michael Martin Murphy is coming to Flatwoods. 

   The country music star, who is known for top hits such as Wildfire, Desert Rat and Medicine Man, will take the Flatwoods City Park stage Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. 

   The concert at the park is free to fans with a canned food donation and will feature selections from Michael Martin Murphey’s more than 45-year career. Hit songs, love songs, country songs, and cowboy songs will be performed with his Rio Grande Band.

   A loyal American from Texas, Michael Martin Murphey is best known for his chart-topping hits “Wildfire,” Carolina In The Pines,” “What’s Forever For,” “Long Line of Love,” “Geronimo’s Cadillac,” “Cowboy Logic,” and many more across his 35 albums released to date. Murphey’s long-running incarnation as a purveyor of the music, lifestyle, and values of the American West is one of many musical mantles he has worn over the years.

   During the early 1970s in Austin, TX along with artists like Jerry Jeff Walker and Gary P. Nunn, Murphey created the “Cosmic Cowboy” movement, which was pivotal in drawing artists like Willie Nelson to the scene and helped birth the “Outlaw” country movement. 

   Last year Murphy released Austinology, celebrating his early days as a pioneer of the Austin Music Scene of the 70s with guest artists that include Willie Nelson, Steve Earle, Lyle Lovett and many more.

   “This album is not just about my songs,” Murphey said. “It’s about style and substance that makes a song that stands the test of time, a song that has a chance of living on in the Great American Songbook.”

   Murphy, who is also known for his community outreach, will host the concert asking for a canned food donation for entry. The food donations will go to churches locally in Flatwoods and help benefit families in the area. 

   “Flatwoods is a community with a big heart! The city, along with the Parks and Recreation Board is giving the citizens of Flatwoods an opportunity to help the people who are struggling,” Flatwoods City Council Member Rosa Gullett said in a release. “Greenup County’s own Kyle Fields will also be entertaining us! The concert is free to the public with a donation of one can of food per person.”

   Although the event is free for guests, organizers are looking for sponsors for the event. 

   “As with any endeavor of this scale, there are expenses incurred,” Gullett said. “We are offering sponsorships to local businesses.” 

   For sponsorship information, please contact the City of Flatwoods.