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Buckaroo Blue Grass

Michael Martin MurpheyAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 10, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rural Rhythm
  • ASIN: B001O54R4K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,539 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Michael Martin Murphey's Buckaroo Bluegrass album is All-American Bluegrass sung and written by Today's No. 1 Selling Cowboy Music Singer( RIAA certified gold for Cowboy Songs)- straight from the back porch of his cabin in the Rockies, the Back 40 of his Rocking 3M Ranch on the Upper-Midwestern Prairie, and his adventures traveling and riding horseback over the American backcountry. Michael Martin Murphey's songs have been recorded by Bluegrass artists such as Flatt and Scruggs, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Seldom Scene, Country Gentlemen, Bluegrass Cardinals, the Nitty-Gritty Dirt Band and many others. Buckaroo Bluegrass; reprises many of his songs covered by Bluegrass bands, with a stellar cast of players and singers.

Buckaroo Bluegrass contains Michael's Bluegrass classics- such as Carolina in the Pines, Fiddlin' Man, Lost River (featuring harmony vocal by Rhonda Vincent),What Am I Doing Hanging Around. On Buckaroo Bluegrass Michael also reaches into his song bag of past albums to create Bluegrass versions of his Acoustic music classics like Boy from the Country (recorded by John Denver), Dancing in the Meadow and Healing Spring. Buckaroo Bluegrass also contains two new songs, Close to the Land (theme song for the hit PBS and RFD-TV documentary television series and America's Heartland , and the defining song of the album, Lone Cowboy, written about Michael's experiences as a fiercely independent maverick lone touring artist in some of America's most colorful places; outdoor acoustic music festivals, cowboy gatherings, historical theaters and trail rides.

Michael's Bluegrass credentials date back to when he was chosen at a young age to sing lead with Earl Scruggs Band. Since then, Michael has always written and sung a few songs with Bluegrass influence. And
he's always used Bluegrass musicians to sing and play on his many albums- Byron Berline, Ricky Skaggs, the Whites, John McEuen, Jerry Douglas, Bela Fleck, Mark O'Conner ( who played his first major Nashville session on Michael's Fiddlin' Man, and many others. For his Cowboy Songs series, he relied on Sam Bush, Pat Flynn, Mark O'Connor, John McEuen, Ricky Skaggs and the Whites- and now, for Buckaroo Bluegrass he adds Ronnie McCoury, Charlie Cushman, Rob Ickes, Andy Leftwich, and Rhonda Vincent. Michael's son, Ryan Murphey, produced the album, and added acoustic guitar and vocals- as he's done on several of his father's previous albums.

Buckaroo Bluegrass is All-American Bluegrass sung and written by Today's No. 1 Selling Cowboy Music Singer. The album contains new songs and classic Michael Martin Murphey songs performed with today s top Bluegrass artists blazing a trail and finding intertwining pathways across the vast Americana panorama of Cowboy and Bluegrass Music.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Murphey's "Bickaroo" Crosses Genres February 14, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Prime Cuts: Lost River (Featuring Rhonda Vincent), Boy From the Country, Close to the Land

There's a fine line between a good and a great singer. A good artist excels within his or her genre of music. While a great performer's brilliance excels genres. Michael Martin Murphey belongs to the latter. For over four decades, Michael Martin Murphey has had cross-pollinated success including ruling the pop airwaves with the no. 3 "Wildfire," and a slew of country hits such as "What's Forever For," "A Long Line of Love" and "From the Word Go." Since the 90s, Murphey has tilted his portfolio to include more cowboy songs. Ever since, he's become one of the mavericks to put the western back into country. Nevertheless, "Blue Grass Buckaroo" is his most ambitious project: this time he brings together three genres: bluegrass, country and cowboy songs. And glad to say Murphey has done a deft job. He has taken his self-composed songs (mostly western and country themed songs) and has given each of them a deliciously delightful bluegrass treatment. Despite the numerous pluses associated with this disc, there is a cause for despair. Like every seasoned artist, age has mercilessly crept on Murphey. At times Murphey's light tenor timbre suffers from not hitting the notes that he sounds awfully out of tune; and with the sparse bluegrassy backing, such vocal deviation becomes even more apparent.

The newly composed "Lone Cowboy" sets the tenor of the whole project. The mournful sounds of the fiddles and the aching plucking of banjo strings get a lonesome sound going for Murphey to express the frustrations of being an itinerant cowboy. "Lost River," a track Murphey wrote for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band years ago, gets to be reprised this time with the haunting vocals of Rhonda Vincent.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Country-folk rides onto bluegrass February 16, 2009
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Michael Martin Murphey is forever lodged in the memories of pop fans for his 1975 hit "Wildfire." And those who checked the credits of the Monkees' Pisces, Aquarius, Capicorn & Jones Ltd. would have found him as the writer of the Mike Nesmith-sung "What Am I Doing Hangin' `Round." In contrast to this brief flirtation with the pop charts, Murphey's career, before and after "Wildfire," has been extensive. He co-founded the Lewis & Clark Expedition, recorded an album for the same Colgems label that produced the Monkees, and supplied songs to Flatt & Scruggs, Bobbie Gentry, and Kenny Rogers. He recorded a string of country-rock albums throughout the `70s, and after peaking with "Wildfire," returned with "Carolina in the Pines."

Murphey's success on the country charts took off in the `80s, stoked in part by re-recordings of his earlier works. "Carolina in the Pines," originally a modest hit in 1976, became a full-fledged country top-10 with a 1985 reworking. As the `80s waned, so did Murphey's country chart success, and in 1990 he waxed Cowboy Songs, the first of several albums mixing Western standards with original contributions to the canon. On 2001's Playing Favorites he took yet another pass at "Wildfire" and "Carolina in the Pines," setting in place a pattern of reinterpreting fan favorites.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buckaroo Blue Grass December 19, 2012
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This Michael Martin Murphey CD is one of his best. It is a perfect blend of Blue grass and cowboy music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great cowboy music December 12, 2012
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This is not country music but real cowboy music. I love this kind of music since it is whay my dad used to listen to and Michael Martin Murphy is one of the few that still sing this kind of music. Highly recommend it if you like cowboy music.
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4.0 out of 5 stars MMM - nearly at his best May 10, 2010
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This is MMM doing what he does best - singing real cowboy music. The voice is a little older and the clarity is somewhat clouded at times, but this is a very good collection of music in the Bluegrass style. If you are an MMM fan, don't miss it!
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