Tuesday, October 6, 2009


Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce Michael Martin Murphey has a signed a multi-album recording contract with the label. Due to the success of Murphey’s Rural Rhythm albums, “Buckaroo Blue Grass” (released Feb 09) and “Cowboy Classics – Old West Cowboy Collection” (released June 2009), the label will release “BUCKAROO BLUE GRASS 2” on February 9, 2010. The project will feature two singles that were released last week during the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) World of Bluegrass held in Nashville, Tennessee.

On Wednesday, September 30 during the IBMA convention, Rural Rhythm Records hosted a Private Showcase that included music industry VIPs who were treated to incredible performances and surprise announcements. This special event included an extremely moving performance by Michael Martin Murphey and Bluegrass #1 hit artist, Carrie Hassler singing “Wildfire.” Murphey and Hassler recorded the new version of this mega hit song just two weeks prior to the IBMA convention. Last Thursday, Murphey appeared on WSM Radio with Bill Cody where the song was played during the show. Due to the overwhelming listener response after 'Wildfire's' airplay on the show, and in anticipation of Murphey and Hassler performing the song October 17th at SMU game during the half-time show, the song will be available for digital download in the next few weeks.

Also during the VIP Showcase, Murphey performed another new single, “Running Gun” with bluegrass veteran, Audie Blaylock & Redline much to the delight of the audience. The song will also be available on “BUCKAROO BLUE GRASS 2.”

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