Michael Martin Murphey

Buckaroo Blue Grass II (Rural Rhythm)

Texas Platters

Michael Martin Murphey

Buckaroo Blue Grass II (Rural Rhythm)

Michael Martin Murphey knows a good thing when he hears one. Last year's Buckaroo Blue Grass, an innovative melding of cowboy songs and bluegrass, won raves and a Grammy nomination. This follow-up is almost as engaging. Again he's joined by the best in today's bluegrass world – Ronnie McCoury, Sam Bush, Audie Blaylock, Rob Ickes, and more – for some super picking, and with a couple of exceptions, Murphey's song choices are equally inspired. A loping reprise of "Cosmic Cowboy" and a hot rendering of Marty Robbins' "Running Gun" flawlessly match his idea of putting the high lonesome on the lonesome prairie. Then again, MMM's signature "Wildfire," a pleasant remake here as a duet with Carrie Hassler, lacks the original's enduring sparkle, and "Backslider's Wine," made famous by Jerry Jeff Walker, is missing the forlorn ambience the song requires. Hints that Murphey has taken his idea as far as it can go loom over this project, but it remains a winning ride. (Murphey rides into the Saxon Pub Friday, March 5.)

***

READ MORE
More Michael Martin Murphey
Texas Platters
Country Mile
Tall Grass & Cool Water, Ranch Cat, The Duqaines, Portraits, Ashley and the Wonderful Confidence, White Lines (Record Review)

Margaret Moser, Aug. 12, 2011

Texas Platters
Michael Martin Murphey
Buckaroo Blue Grass (Record Review)

Jim Caligiuri, March 13, 2009

More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
Aaron Einhouse
It Ain't Pretty (Record Review)

Doug Freeman, June 24, 2016

Texas Platters
Strahan & the Good Neighbors
Strahan & the Good Neighbors (Record Review)

Doug Freeman, June 24, 2016

More by Jim Caligiuri
Texas Platters
Hard Proof
Public Hi-Fi Sessions 03 (Record Review)

July 15, 2016

Texas Platters
My Jerusalem
A Little Death (Record Review)

July 15, 2016

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Michael Martin Murphey

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
AC Daily, Events and Promotions, Luvdoc Answers

Breaking news, recommended events, and more

Official Chronicle events, promotions, and giveaways

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)