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Michael Martin Murphey to appear
Published:
9/12/2013 1:16:21 PM
Last Updated:
12/7/2016 1:54:33 PM


 

Stagecoach Event  Center in Newkirk is very honored to be included in this Christmas tour lineup, with a show playing on December 14th. With their newly­ expanded facility, there will be room for dancing and authentic or vintage western attire is strongly encouraged  to promote the traditional  ambiance. For ticket information, please call Stagecoach Event Center at 580-716-2214.

Legendary singer/ songwriter Michael Martin Murphey is making a stop in Newkirk, Oklahoma a tradition as he returns to Stagecoach Event Center as part of his 2016 "Cowboy Christmas Tour". This year marks the 25th anniversary of the  tour.

The tour includes a stop in Anson, Texas, where the Cowboy Christmas Ball started in 1885, when a couple got married at Christmastime and invited all the neighboring ranching families to share in the celebration. Larry Chittenden, famed East Coast journalist, happened to be in town and wrote a poem about the event, which was published in many newspapers, including The New York Times. The town has continuously held the event since 1934.  Murphey was impressed with the  commitment of the community to preserve the tradition, and watching the older participants  passing down dances to the younger  couples.

Murphey has modeled his own Christmas shows after the Anson Cowboy Christmas Ball.

A native Texan, Murphey helped the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City base their celebration on the original Anson ball. He says it is part of the museum's purpose to preserve and perpetuate these types of traditional Western events.  In an interview   with "THE OKLAHOMAN," Murphey said "To me, it's the roots of country music. The music that was played at  all those balls back in the 1880s   and  the cowboy music that was popular  back then...it's still popular."

Murphey stated his show doesn't avoid the real meaning of Christmas, but presents it from a cowboy point of view, which also happens to include music. The angels didn't make their glorious announcement to  the royalty, politicians, or the media; it's the "cowboys" of their time, the herdsmen overseeing livestock in the fields, that receive the first news of Christ's birth. Even though the common conception is that the livestock were all sheep, Longhorn rancher Murphey takes some comfort in the  fact that other livestock such as goats and cattle could have been   present, also.  He said the Christmas story is a very "democratic" story -  a king is born to a working-class family, in a stable with farm animals present, and with shepherds (read that "cowboys") as  his first visitors.

Murphey says his show celebrates a time when people were not afraid of disapproval from others for publicly celebrating the holiday's religious roots.

Although the Christmas show is different each year, Murphey says there are some things that people want and expect every year, including Handel's "Joy to the World", played "hillbilly style," and the Christmas hymn "In the Moon of Wintertime," written in 1643 by Jean de Br,beuf, a Christian missionary. Another staple of the show is "The Cowboy Christmas Ball," Murphey's musical adaptation of Chittenden's  poem.

The Western Music Hall of Fame inductee and multi-Grammy nominee's diverse musical styles include not only country-western, but also folk, pop, and  rock.  He currently has six gold albums.

Christmas is Murphey's favorite time of year, with the opportunity to celebrate time-honored traditions, family and friends, and the many blessings he has  been given.  His shows convey this to his audiences.  The 2016 Cowboy Christmas Tour includes stops in Laramie, Wyoming; Colorado; Houston, Corpus Christie, and Bass Hall Fort Worth; McPherson, Kansas; Sayre and Oklahoma City.  Stagecoach Event  Center in Newkirk is very honored to be included in this Christmas tour lineup, with a show playing on December 14th. With their newly­ expanded facility, there will be room for dancing and authentic or vintage western attire is strongly encouraged  to promote the traditional  ambiance. For ticket information, please call Stagecoach Event Center at 580-716-2214.
 

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