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Michael Martin Murphey sings about Red River life

Country singer Michael Martin Murphey will perform a series of shows in New Mexico beginning with a Santa Fe show on June 21.

Country singer Michael Martin Murphey will perform a series of shows in New Mexico beginning with a Santa Fe show on June 21.

SANTA FE, N.M. — Michael Martin Murphey is dealing with the rigors of being on tour.

No, it’s not the hundreds of miles traveled in a single day. It’s finding a place with enough service to make a phone call – and making sure it’s the right time zone.

“It’s been a little frustrating,” he says while stopped in Iowa. “These are modern-day problems for me. Aside from that, the tour has been amazing and the crowds have been fantastic.”

Murphey has built a career singing about the West. And he’s one of the few musicians who lives in his songs.

“There’s nothing like being in the Rocky Mountains,” he says. “It’s like my second home. I try to get out there and just write.”

Murphey’s latest album, “Red River Drifter,” was released in 2013 and was inspired by living in Red River for some time. While the album is nearly a year old, Murphey says he’s got plenty of music ready to be released.

“I’m always writing and working,” he says. “Being that I’ve been on tour for a big part of this year, all of my writing has come while on the road.”

For the past two summers, Murphey also has taken up a residency in Red River and performs at the MMM’s Rockin’ 3M Amphitheater. The amphitheater was redone last year and named for Murphey.

“This area is a piece of the American West,” he says. “The theater is surrounded by cabins and its history goes back to the 1880s. It’s a phenomenal place to perform.”

Murphey will have a series of shows there in July and will perform a show in Santa Fe on Saturday, June 21.

“I’ve always got something going on,” he says. “I’m a man who travels and performs his music. It’s what I’ve always wanted to do.”


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