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Lyle Lovett and Michael Martin Murphey to headline Rangeland Fire Relief Benefit in Amarillo on April 21

AMARILLO, TEXAS – Michael Martin Murphey’s Murphey Western Insititute is presenting a fund-raising concert with Iconic Texas Artists Lyle Lovett and Michael Martin Murphey  to help those ranching communities in that recovery. The Rangeland Fire Relief Benefit Dinner and Concert is set for Sunday, April 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Starlight Ranch Moon Palace, located at 1415 Sunrise Dr, Amarillo, TX.  For tickets, visit https://bit.ly/rangelandbenefit or through http://www.michaelmartinmurphey.com/tour.

Recently the Smokehouse Creek Fire – the largest fire in Texas history – scorched more than 1 million acres destroying structures and killing over 7,000 head of cattle and three people over three weeks.  Then there were the small fires, such as the Wellhouse, Grape Vine Creek, Windy Deuce and Mills Creek, that burned nearly 200,000 additional acres.

Though now contained, the recovery is expected to be a long one. According to the Texas Tribune, with so many cattle dead added to the already crushing financial blow being faced by ranchers across the Texas Panhandle.

“Our mission at Murphey Western Insititute is to preserve and perpetuate the culture and resources  of the American West which have influenced the regenerative management of grasslands with grazing animals around the world,” says Murphey, a longtime ranching advocate and genre-busting musical hitmaker.  “I want to help people who have lost everything in the worst fire in Texas history.

“America’s Stockmen will play a key part in saving the Planet Earth. Let’s help these heroes!”

Lyle Lovett
A singer, composer and actor, Lyle Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums. Coupled with his gift for storytelling, the Texas-based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a convention-defying manner that breaks down barriers. Whether touring as a ‘Duo’ or with his ‘Acoustic Group’ or his ‘Large Band,’ Lovett’s live performances show not only the breadth of this Texas legend’s deep talents, but also the diversity of his influences, making him one of the most compelling and captivating musicians in popular music.

Since his self-titled debut in 1986, Lyle Lovett has evolved into one of music’s most vibrant and iconic performers. Among his many accolades, besides the four Grammy Awards, he was given the Americana Music Association’s inaugural Trailblazer Award, and was named Texas State Musician. His works, rich and eclectic, are some of the most beloved of any artist working today.

Michael Martin Murphey
A devoted environmentalist and ranching advocated, the multi-Grammy nominee, Murphey is perhaps best known for a slew of hits that have for the past 50 years topped Pop, Country, Western and Bluegrass Music charts.  Among his best known hits include “Wildfire,” “Carolina In The Pines,” “What’s Forever For,” “Cowboy Logic,” “Long Line of Love,” “I’m Gonna Miss You Girl,” among others.

His songs have been covered by other beloved artists including Kenny Rogers, John Denver, Lovett, Roger Miller, Cher, Hoyt Axton and many more.  Murphey is a native Texan who is now in the Western Music Hall of Fame and has also been recognized and awarded by notable organizations such as the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, the Academy of Country Music, The Grammy Awards, the Country Music Association, and the Texas Music Awards.

Murphey Western Institute
The Michael Martin Murphey Western Institute is a center for the education, preservation, and perpetuation of the arts, culture, history and legacy of the American west.  The institute has supported ranchers during the hurricane in Houston, helped to restore the Home on the Range Cabin in Athol, KS, and has purchased a large library of historical novels, non-fiction, and works of western origin which is currently being housed at Weatherford College and will soon be part of the Doss Heritage & Culture Center, both  in Weatherford, TX.

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