Murphey, Johnathan return to Eureka May 23-24

Friday, May 16, 2014

EUREKA SPRINGS -- Last fall The Aud in Eureka Springs was filled nearly to capacity for a special double-broadcast taping of Michael Johnathon's "WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour." Next weekend, Eureka Springs music fans will get a chance to see the PBS broadcast shown on a big screen on Friday, May 23 and see Johnathon in concert along with the legendary Michael Martin Murphey on Saturday, May 24.

In the early 1970s, Rolling Stone magazine called Michael Martin Murphey "one of the best songwriters in America." Since that time, Murphey has left an indelible mark on the American Music Landscape crafting and recording such iconic hits as "Wildfire," "Carolina In The Pines", "Geronimo's Cadillac", "Cowboy Logic," "Cherokee Fiddle", "Boy From The Country" and more. In the process, he has topped the Pop, Country, Bluegrass and Western music charts, earned six gold albums and multiple Grammy nominations.

Murphey's album "Cowboy Songs" was the first album of cowboy music to achieve gold status since Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs by Marty Robbins in 1959. Murphey is also the author of New Mexico's State Ballad, "The Land of Enchantment."

Opening for Murphey will be Michael Johnathon, the award winning host of "WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour." Johnathon is a folksinger, songwriter, concert performer, and author who created and hosts the worldwide broadcast of WoodSongs, which has a radio audience of over a million listeners each week on 500 public radio stations, plus is carried on PBS-TV coast-to-coast as well as the American Forces Radio Network in 173 nations.

On Friday, May 23 Johnathon will host a premiere of the two episodes of WoodSongs that were taped in Eureka Springs last fall during the 66th Annual Original Ozark Folk Festival.

The shows spotlighted artists from across Arkansas and The Ozarks including Mountain Sprout, The Clark Family Trio, Clancey Ferguson, Allison Williams, The Ozark Alliance, David Kimbrough III, and Fiddlin' Banjo Billy Mathews, as well international stars Leroy Troy and the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band and Murphey.

Both WoodSongs shows will air on public television stations across America after their premiere here in Eureka.

Both the WoodSongs premiere and the concert with Murphey will be held in The Auditorium. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the shows start at 7 p.m. both nights.

Admission to the WoodSongs premiere Friday evening is free, with a suggested donation of either $5 to The Auditorium maintenance and operation fund, or two cans of non-perishable food to the Flint Street Food Pantry and their Back Our Kids program.

Tickets for the Michael Martin Murphey/Michael Johnathon concert Saturday are only $15 for general admission seating, or $100 for a VIP package that includes premium seating, a poster and a meet and greet with Murphey and Johnathon the night of the show.

For tickets and more information, visit TheAud.org or call 479-253-7333.

For more information about the artists, visit michaeljohnathon.com and michaelmartinmurphey.com.

For more information about WoodSongs, visit woodsongs.com.

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