Michael Martin Murphey “Geronimo’s Cadillac”
RIYL: Bob Livingston, The Lost Gonzo Band, Gary P. Nunn, Jerry Jeff Walker, Steve Fromholz, B.W. Stevenson, early Ray Wylie Hubbard, Willis Alan Ramsey
I believe that we’re currently living on the cusp of another musical/generational shift, similar to the one that spawned in the late 60s/early 70s around Austin. So for today’s Texas Tuesday, I’m highlighting one of the original Cosmic Cowboys, Michael Martin Murphey from Oak Cliff in Dallas, Texas (the same area Stevie Ray Vaughan is from).
A true mesh of country, folk, and a little bit of rock, Geronimo’s Cadillac (the album), sounds like a cool evening, packed around a campfire on the outskirts of Austin. Contemplative, simple, and deep lyrics, met with easy guitar playing, never feeling pretentious or too polished. No matter the song, they all share a similar feeling: authenticity. Maybe that was the mission, or maybe it was just the time. Either way, this album is a musical display of a true, Texas singer-songwriter. Songs from this album even went on to be recorded by Cher, The Monkees, Hoyt Axton, Jerry Jeff Walker, Gary Stewart, and John Denver. Even more impressive, this was just Murphey’s first release, earning him all kinds of praise.
You can stream the entire album below on Spotify, and I encourage you to listen to it. Take a walk in Murphey’s dusty, old boots, and drink a Lone Star while you’re at it. If you’re a lover of storytelling and lyrics, this musical poetry will serve you just right.
I agree. We do seem to be on the cusp of a musical shift.