25th Annual Cowboy Christmas
By Robert Proctor
The Cuero Record
Half-a-century has passed since Michael Martin Murphey helped forge Austin’s music scene, and he continues to churn out albums and tours. Murphey will kickoff his 25th Annual Cowboy Christmas Tour this Saturday night, Nov. 10, in Cuero at the Cuero ISD Performing Arts Center. Murphey is headlining this year’s “Concert for Classrooms” event which supports the Cuero ISD Education Foundation.
The Cowboy Christmas Ball of Anson, Texas, which dates back to 1885, encouraged Murphey to start this tour in the early 90’s. He’ll return to Anson’s well-known Pioneer Hall on Dec. 22 on the second-to-last day of this year’s tour.
“It’s based on a Texas tradition,” Murphey said of Cowboy Christmas. “It’s very Texan.”
Murphey even wrote the foreword for a book titled “Dancin’ in Anson” by Dr. Paul H. Carlson, which details the development of Texas music.
Unlike many popular Christmas music tours that focus on Santa Claus and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Murphey keeps his tour centered on the birth of Jesus Christ and the roots of Texas music.
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