Monday, April 27, 2009

TMA Congrats!

The TMA's brought many happy faces last night.
CONGRATULATIONS to Wade Bowen for Male Vocalist of the Year.
Record of the Year went to Jerry Audley for Lucky Me, Lonely You.
Michael Martin Murphy accepted Entertainer of the Year.

You can check out all the winners at

I wish all of the nominees could have won! The great thing about these award things is there's always next year. Hopefully I'll have a house seat next year and can bring you all the results live via Twitter.

Country Blessings!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Michael Martin Murphy

This week we take a look at our final nominee for Entertainer of the Year at the Texas Music Assoc. Awards (April 26th). He might be last on the list but by no means less important. Some might even say I saved the best for last.

According to Richard W. Slatta (The Cowboy Encyclopedia - W.W. Norton and Company), Michael Martin Murphy is a bona fide western singer. I couldn't agree more! Murphy blazed a trail for western singers, expanding the listening audience for cowboy music without leaving the campfire glow behind.

Murphy grew up listening to and singing cowboy songs around a campfire. In the 1960s, he headed to UCLA to study Greek/Latin/Roman history. He felt a connection with the traveling minstrels so wanted to learn more about those who had wandered before him. He still loves history, sharing snippets of his knowledge in his shows.

Although he had released his first album in 1972, I first heard Michael Martin Murphy in the early 80s. What's Forever For is just one romantic ballad from his self-titled album released in 1981. A romantic cowboy! What more could a girl ask for?

When the cowboy poetry movement surged in the 1980s, Murphy jumped in. He came an evangelist of sorts for the cowboy movement. One of his most known endeavors is WestFest. A woodstock for cowboys, WestFest takes place in Copper Mountain, Co.

Aside from being a nominee at the TMAs this year, Michael is also MC and will be in concert following the awards presentation.

If you have the opportunity to attend the awards show, please post here and tell us who you met and what your highs/lows of the evening were. Until then...

Country Blessings

Friday, April 3, 2009

Word Gets Around

When I began this blog several weeks ago, I then made the jump to twitter. I thought tweeting would be a good way to get the word out about my blogs. Some really awesome people have found me because of it and led me to some really cool places. Places like LoneStar Music. So as well as TheCountryAngel blog, I have a slightly more personal page over at LonesStar Music. You'll get a feel for the type of music I listen to and be able to chat.
You can check it out here...

Hope to see you 'round

Country Blessings

Congrats to Wade Bowen

Big Congratulations to Wade Bowen for his Double-Play.
Wade took home Best Vocal Performance - Album and Best Album
Both awards were for his If We Ever Make It Home

You can check out this awesome album at

You can see a pic of Wade with is guitar awards at

Could it be his LoneStar night is a premonition to what we can expect at the TMA's this month?
Stay tuned!

Country Blessings