Among the artists making plans to perform in Nashville during the annual Americana Music Association Conference are Iconic American Songwriter Michael Martin Murphey and the critically acclaimed Wronglers with Texas Legend Jimmie Dale Gilmore.
Both groups will appear on Wednesday, October 12.
• Murphey and his Rio Grande Band (featuring guitar ace Pat Flynn) will perform a free show at 6:00 p.m. at The Listening Room (209 10th Ave. S, #200). Known for his hits “Wildfire,” “Carolina In The Pines,” “Cosmic Cowboy”, “Geronimo’s Cadillac” and “Alleys of Austin”, Murphey played a pivotal role in the early days of Austin’s outlaw movement.
“When he lived in Austin in the mid- ‘70s , he was one of the formative voices and most sophisticated songwriters of the progressive-country boom that defined the city’s music in that era,” wrote John T. Davis in the Austin American Statesman. “Murphey originals such as ‘Geronimo’s Cadillac,’ ‘Alleys of Austin’ and ‘Backslider’s Wine’ remain among the most graceful and accomplished tunes to come out of Austin’s turbulent country-rock scene.”
A true genre-busting artist, Murphey, Grammy nominated for his 2009 Buckaroo Blue Grass, is celebrating the release of his latest album, Tall Grass & Cool Water. Once called the “Best songwriter in the nation” by Rolling Stone magazine, Murphey and his Rio Grande Band continues to push the boundaries of acoustic music.
• The Wronglers with Jimmie Dale Gilmore will perform an AMA Showcase at 9:00 p.m. at The Station Inn (402 12th Ave. South). The group’s new album, Heirloom Music, has earned praise from critics and fans alike.
“Four Stars! Their lineup isn’t traditionally bluegrass and most aren’t professional musicians, but that adds a feel of down-home authenticity (particularly when septuagenarian Warren Hellman sings lead on the oldest song, ‘Big Rock Candy Mountain’),” wrote Sylvie Simmons for Mojo. “The record sounds great, as does Gilmore’s voice, its inbuilt high-lonesome stoic sob framed by fiddles and female backing vocals on the mournful ‘In The Pines’ and ‘I Wonder Where You Are Tonight’.”
In addition to a long and distinguished career that includes three Grammy nominations, Gilmore is a member of the Texas supergroup, The Flatlanders with Joe Ely and Butch Hancock. The Wronglers include San Francisco banjoist / philanthropist Warren Hellman, who puts on the wildly popular (and free) Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival each fall at Golden Gate State Park, this year featuring artists like Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle and Robert Plant.