Tuesday, October 19, 2021


Texas native and genre-busting recording artist Michael Martin Murphey has been named among nine inductees into The Texas Trail of Fame honors. A public ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, October 23 at 10 a.m. on the steps of the Livestock Exchange Building in the historic Ft. Worth Stockyards. A sold-out recognition dinner is set for Thursday, October 21 at 6 p.m.

A celebration of Texas culture and Western Heritage, the Texas Trail of Fame was established to honor individuals who have made a significant contribution to the Western way of life.

Along the walkways of the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, bronze inlaid markers are placed in recognition of honorees’ achievements. These markers are patterned after a frontier marshall’s badge and are inscribed with the honoree’s name.It is the desire of the Texas Trail of Fame that reflecting upon these Westerner’s accomplishments will serve as both an educational adventure for the visitor and an inspiration. The ceremonies are scheduled during the 60th Annual Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering, which takes place from October 22 – 24 throughout the Stockyards.

Murphey’s Trail of Fame marker will be placed in front of Billy Bob’s Texas, which is fitting as he has performed the famous venue several times in his five-decades long career.

A proud son of Texas where his family settled in 1858, Murphey’s music blends many genres, including pop, country, Western, Celtic, jazz and bluegrass, and focuses on his personal life as a Southwestern “pilgrim.” Murphey has released over 35 albums. His song “Wildfire” is among the most-aired songs in radio history. His other hits include “Carolina In The Pines,” “Cowboy Logic,” “Geronimo’s Cadillac,” “What’s Forever For?” “Long Line of Love,” “Boy From The Country,” and “Cherokee Fiddle,” among others.

In mid November, Murphey launches his popular Cowboy Christmas Tour, with stops planned in across Texas, New Mexico, Colorado and Oklahoma, among others.Highlighted this year by a special DFW performance at the Texas Trust CU Theatre in Grand Prairie. Tickets are available for all shows on


For more than a quarter century, Murphey has celebrated a tradition that began in Texas in 1885, taking the show across the Southwest to honor Christmas – cowboy style. A multiple Wrangler Award recipient, Murphey was recognized in 2019 with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and National Cowboy Hall of Fame and serves on the Western Folklife Center’s National Advisory Council.

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