Lots of music fans are familiar with Michael Martin Murphey's massive 1975 hit "Wildfire," a soaring anthem about the ghost of a young woman and her mystical horse.
What they don't know is that Murphey went on to become a die-hard ambassador of cowboy and rancher culture - possibly at the expense of a more lucrative mainstream music career.
The old adage "do what you love" has driven the songwriting direction of Murphey, who recently released "Red River Drifter," an album that also showcases bluegrass influences.
His two local shows are at 8 p.m. Oct. 2 and 3 in The Sapphire Room at the Riverside Hotel in Garden City. Tickets are $25, available here. Opening act is Andy Byron.