DATE:  November 29, 2005
CONTACT: Dr. Lari Young, Director of the Performing Arts Center, (361) 825-2787; or Steve Paschal, Public Affairs, (361) 825-2336

Michael Martin Murphey to Bring a “Cowboy Christmas” to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Performing Arts Center

The Furgason Bravo Series at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will ring in the holidays with “Michael Martin Murphey’s Cowboy Christmas Show” on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the University’s Performing Arts Center.
Murphey has been one of the best-selling singer/songwriters of American cowboy music since the early 1970s. In 1987 he broke ground with his innovative "Michael Martin Murphey’s Cowboy Christmas Show" which now spans 40 cities per holiday season, and has led to three Cowboy Christmas albums and a Cowboy Christmas DVD. During his concert Murphey mixes Christmas classics such as “Joy to the World,” Go Tell It On the Mountain,” and “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear,” with country holiday favorites like “Christmas Cowboy Style,” “the Cowboy Christmas Ball” and “Two-Step Round the Christmas Tree.”

Murphey, a Dallas native who was instrumental in creating the Austin music scene, is most famous for his hit single “Wildfire,” a song about a mysterious dream horse on the vast American heartland prairie. Though others like Willie Nelson and Jerry Jeff Walker followed in his footsteps, Murphey was the first singer/songwriter of the Austin scene to be signed to a major record label.

After attending one of Murphey's performances in Austin, Nelson got rid of his suit, grew long hair and a beard and played the Armadillo World Headquarters as Murphey's opening act. Murphey also inspired many more Texas-based musicians to stick to their home state while playing to the world. During the 1970s and 1980s Murphey released a long list of successful albums including “Blue Sky / Night Thunder,” “Geronimo’s Cadillac,” “Swans Against The Sun,” “Flowing Free Forever,” and “Cowboy Songs" which included both Old West classic and Contemporary Cowboy songs. The album literally revived an essential, genre of American music that was almost lost.

“Michael Martin Murphey’s Cowboy Christmas Show” is part of the University’s Furgason Bravo! Series and is sponsored by Real Country KFTX 97.5 FM. Tickets range from $25 to $45 and are available at or by calling Ticketweb toll-free at (866) 468-762. Tickets are available at the Performing Arts Center box office from Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. For more information, call (361) 825-ARTS (2787).