Michael Martin Murphey On ABC TV

Michael Martin Murphey To Appear This Weekend
On ABC TV’s Born To Explore with Richard Wiese

PIERRE, South Dakota — Michael Martin Murphey, whose new album, Red River Drifter, is set for release on July 9, will appear on the Emmy-nominated Born To Explore with Richard Wiese when the program rebroadcast their segment, “Where The Buffalo Roam” on Saturday, May 25 on most ABC television stations.  (Check local listings for times.)

Murphey was in the beautiful Black Hills of western South Dakota, participating in the popular annual event, “The Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup” last fall, and visited with Wiese for the program.

The 71,000 acre park, filled with lush forests, quiet and serene meadows and majestic mountains boasts one of the largest publicly-owned bison herds, nearly 1,300 strong. Each fall, the ground rumbles and the dust flies as cowboys, cowgirls and park crews saddle up to bring in the thundering herd. The annual roundup is scheduled for the weekend of September 27.

In addition to discussing the history of the area and the roundup with Wiese, Murphey also performs his hit, “Wildfire.”

Murphey’s forthcoming Red River Drifter marks a return of sorts for the genre-busting artist.  Drawing from a deep well of influences that includes classical to country, blues to bluegrass and folk to jazz, Murphey is perhaps best known for his huge hits, “Wildfire,” “Carolina In The Pines,” “What’s Forever For,” “Long Line of Love” and “Geronimo’s Cadillac” among others.

In recent years Murphey has been exploring the similarities between bluegrass and American cowboy music. But for Red River Drifter, he brought in some very eclectic and unexpected elements to the writing process. “I wrote songs that drew from what is inspiring me at this point in my life,” he says. “Every style was fair game.  We intentionally did not follow formulas or rules.” The result may well be his finest album yet!

A multiple Grammy nominee, Murphey has earned six gold albums and performs more than 150 shows per year. As a songwriter, his work has been covered by John Denver, Lyle Lovett, Johnny Lee, Kenny Rogers, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Jerry Jeff Walker, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, and a host of other recording artists.

Wiese is the host and an executive producer of the television program Born to Explore with Richard Wiese™, which airs weekly on ABC and debuted September 3, 2011. Its second season premiered October 6, 2012. In a successful first season, Born To Explore’s™ positive cultural and environmental message reached viewers around the world, and resulted in several awards. The show was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for Best Children’s Television Series,[2] and garnered a SABRE award for "Product Placement" along with Travel Canada.[3] Wiese has continued to receive acclaim alongside the show, and gained more accolades of his own.

As an extreme adventurer, his stated goal is to inspire young people and spark their interest for discovery and the love of outdoors.[4] He says that Born To Explore™ is a way to encourage this growth and environmental activism, as well as educate his audience on exotic cultures and animals.

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