LINDEN, TEXAS – The Academy of Texas Music will present ‘Memorial Day Cowboys’ featuring Michael Martin Murphey on Monday, May 28 at The Texas Music Barn, 301 E. Houston St. in Linden, with a second show, ‘The Cosmic Cowboy Revival’ on Wednesday,
May 30. Monday’s events will start at 1:00 p.m. and continue all day with the Michael Martin Murphey concert at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday’s concert will not begin until 8:00 p.m. as Michael Martin Murphey was insistent that the show allowed ticket holders to attend church prior to the concert. The shows are a continuation of Murphey’s Cosmic Cowboy Revival tour through Texas, starting in mid-May and running through early June. Appearing with Murphey will be Ryan Murphey and Herb Steiner. The Monday show will also feature other cowboy-themed acts including cowboy singer, Grady Lee of Marshall, and cowboy poet and author, Lloyd Shelby of Crosby. All of the performers have a special connection to the Academy of Texas Music, Inc. Michael Martin Murphey, a member since 2006, has been nominated for several Texas Music Awards and received honors for Song of the Year in 2007, Entertainer of the Year in 2009, and the
Carl T. Sprague Award in 2011. Ryan Murphey, a member since 2009, is also a multiple Texas Music Award nominee and received Producer of the Year honors in 2010 as well as performing at the 2009 and 2012 awards shows. Herb Steiner was part of the famous Cosmic Cowboy Band reunion concert at the 2009 Texas Music Awards, which staged the popular group including Bob Livingston, Michael Martin Murphey, Craig Hillis, and Gary P. Nunn, for the first time in thirty-seven years. The group has performed several times since the reunion. Grady Lee and Lloyd Shelby have been members of the Academy since 2001 and 2002, respectively. Lucky Boyd, Chairman of the Academy of Texas Music, Inc. states, “This will be an intimate listening opportunity. The farthest seat from the stage inside The Texas Music Barn is only thirty-six feet. The sound system is perfect and past attendees have marveled at the sound because it’s tasteful and not too loud.
It has been called the best new concert house in Texas and we’re proud of that.” When asked if he would perform at the Monday event, veteran musician Lucky Boyd remarked, “I’m sure they’ll talk me into it. Whenever there’s a stage, a guitar, and an opportunity to sing to [my wife] Jinelle, I’m there.” Tickets range from $50 to $65 and can be purchased online at www.texasmusicbarn.com or by calling 800-959-5796 and leaving a message. Only 120 tickets will be sold for each event. The full concession stand will be open with a variety of food choices.
Posted by: Sam Moore
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