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An Afternoon with Michael Martin Murphey

An Afternoon with Michael Martin Murphey photo 10/3/2014 3:42:30 p.m. - Hobbs, NM.  

Singer-songwriter Michael Martin Murphey, considered the “World’s Number One Selling Cowboy Singer”, will be at the Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame, Sunday October 12, from 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. for a special meet and greet with the public.

Best known for his 1975 mega-hit “Wildfire,” Murphey is in Hobbs the night before to perform with the Southwest Symphony at Tydings Auditorium.

“This Sunday Afternoon with Michael Martin Murphey is a wonderful opportunity for people to come meet this great American singer and songwriter,” said Darrell Beauchamp, Executive Director of the Museum.  “We are thrilled to be working in collaboration with The Word at Work, an Amarillo, Texas based Christian Ministry, to bring this opportunity to Hobbs.”

“Michael Martin Murphey has long been a champion of The Word at Work and our ministry in Belize, Central America.  We are excited to partner with the Western Heritage Museum for this unique and intimate afternoon!” said Mollie Fields, operations manager for The Word at Work (TWAW).  “Museum guests will have time to meet Michael Martin Murphey, to learn more about his music, and also hear about the amazing work that is going on in Belize through The Word at Work.”  Fields noted that although guests are getting to meet Murphey at no cost to them, attendees would be invited to join TWAW in their work by becoming financial partners. 

The Word at Work is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, organized in 2002 in the state of Texas.  They operate short-term mission trips for groups of people from churches of all denominations from the USA to Belize, Central America.

Murphey is an American singer-songwriter, best known for writing and performing Western music as well as country and pop.  Murphey has become a prominent musical voice for the Western horseman, rancher, and cowboy.  A Western Music Association Hall of Fame inductee, Murphey has six gold albums including Cowboy Songs, the first album of cowboy music to achieve gold status since the career of Marty Robbins. He has recorded the hit singles "Wildfire", "Carolina in the Pines", "What's Forever For", "A Long Line of Love", "What She Wants", "Don't Count the Rainy Days", and "Cowboy Logic". Murphey is also the author of New Mexico's state ballad, "The Land of Enchantment".

 “The ‘Afternoon with Michael Martin Murphey’ will begin at 3:00 p.m. with an informal meet and greet with the singer” said Beauchamp.  “Following that we’ll move into the Museum Theatre for a brief presentation where Murphey will play and sing in a very intimate setting.”

Beauchamp noted that a one-of-a-kind guitar would be auctioned off during the event with proceeds of the auction to benefit the The Word at Work.  “It is my understanding that Mr. Murphey will write the lyrics to Wildfire on the guitar and autograph it for the winning bidder.  What a special opportunity to be a part of the American Music Scene.”

“Our hope is that everyone will enjoy the Southwest Symphony concert on Saturday evening and follow that up with this special opportunity to meet one of America’s top singer-songwriters on Sunday afternoon,” said Beauchamp.  

For more information, contact the Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame at


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