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RIVER, NEW MEXICO — There are a lot of reasons that iconic singer -
songwriter Michael Martin Murphey likes to return to Red River, New
Mexico as often as possible. In fact, he loves it so much, he, along
with Red River businessman Steve Heglund, opened the Rockin’ 3M
Amphitheater where Murphey will perform twice weekly beginning in July
and continuing through Labor Day Weekend. See complete schedule at:
River is my spiritual home,” said Murphey, whose long list of huge hit
songs includes “Wildfire,” “Carolina In The Pines,” “Cowboy Logic,”
“Geronimo’s Cadillac” and many more. “It’s absolutely stunning here. I
went there several times when I was still in high school,” he continues.
“I was hooked on the sheer beauty of the area then and decided that
it would always be a part of my life.”
in heart of the American West, The Rockin’ 3M Amphitheater opened in
the summer of 2013. The stage stands against a backdrop of a quiet lake
situated in the middle of The Rocky Mountains. “I can literally walk
to the back of the stage and throw in a line to fish,” Murphey laughs.
“I’ve not actually caught a fish during a performance, but there’s
addition to a concert from Murphey guests to the Rockin’ 3M
Amphitheater are treated to a chuckwagon style dinner featuring
Southwestern food and ambiance.
at 179 Bitter Creek Road, the Rockin’ 3M Amphitheater was part of the
old Lazy H Guest Ranch in the 1920s and ‘30s. The open amphitheater
allows the cool mountain air to float through, so guests are encouraged
to bring blankets or a warm coat on most nights. “It’s the ‘open sky
experience’ I’ve always loved,” Murphey said. “This is what I’ve always
wanted to do. This is a dream come true for me. I can walk out my own
backdoor and play without going all over the country.”