|Length:||56 minutes, 40 seconds.|
|Released:||August 29th, 1997|
Award-winning country western artist Michael Martin Murphey brings to life classic music pieces of Americana from his latest album, a celebration of the West's most famous horses, in a concert special taped in the KUED studio. Produced by John Howe, Michael Martin Murphey: The Horse Legends gives audiences the feeling for the scenery, spirit, and lifestyle of the West, and the part that horses play in it.
"Riding horses and ranching have always been among the greatest pleasures in my life, so I dedicated an entire album to the music of one of the world's most remarkable creatures the horse," says Murphey.
Michael Martin Murphey: The Horse Legends celebrates horses from around the world throughout history. Thoughtful ballads and toe-tappin' tunes tell the stories of cowboys and horses, westward travel, the relationship of children and ponies, the Native American vision, and horse racing.
In addition to songs written by Murphey, the concert features his versions of four classic horse tunes: "Tennessee Stud," made famous by Johnny Cash; Dan Fogelberg's "Run For the Roses"; Gordon Lightfoot's "The Pony Man"; and Jeff Hawthorne Bullock's "Ponies."
"Murphey has a genuine warmth and affection for the music he performs," says producer John Howe. "His artistry preserves a vital part of America's romantic and compelling musical heritage for all of us to enjoy and cherish."
Interwoven with concert footage from the KUED studio are clips of Western horses, wild mustangs, and young ponies -- images that visually amplify the music. Lighting by Nick Cavallaro and an elaborate set design by Robert Vaughan also combine to evoke the sights of the traditional West.
Beyond Murphey's musical talents, his kind personality and Western heart of gold come through in the concert, according to Howe. "It was very pleasurable for me, as a director, to work with an artist who was sincerely nice to the audience and enjoyed interacting with them," says Howe. "I think an audience tends to really make a difference in the overall mood of the concert, and Murphey's spirit was vital in generating the warmth and fun of the show."
The concert reflects KUED's mission to showcase the finest in arts and entertainment for viewers.
The program is made possible by a grant from the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation.
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