Austinology is an album dedicated to the songs that defined the Outlaw Country movement of the 1970s.
"I've always been a forward-march guy. Like, OK, what's the next thing? I've never looked back," Michael Martin Murphey tells cowboysindians.com. "Obviously, through the years, I would throw some of my songs from the Austin, Texas, years into my shows. But it wasn't until I was approached by the guy who made the film that's going to run with the Outlaws & Armadillos exhibit [at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville] that I really started thinking again about that era. After I did the interview for that film, I thought, Wow, I should do more of that material. At first, I thought, Maybe I should write an autobiography or something. But then I decided, No, the best approach is to just go back and do the music that was around me at that time. My own music and the music that was around me."
Murphey says he had a lot of fun making Austinology. More or less, he's limited the parameters to the years from 1968 to 1974, "because there was so much great music made during that time." It's not just his songs, either.
"I did Jerry Jeff Walker songs, and I did songs by Willie and Waylon. But I tried to stick with songs that came out when I was there because I knew what the impact was on the culture. [Laughs.] Because I was there, you know? Of course, the hardest thing was picking the songs. I think there's going to be probably between 13 and 15 songs on the album. But we had a lot of leftovers. So there will definitely be an Austinology 2."
|Alleys Of Austin – feat. Willie Nelson & Lyle Lovett|
|South Canadian River Song|
|Wildfire – feat. Amy Grant|
|Geronimo's Cadillac – feat. Steve Earle|
|Texas Trilogy - Daybreak|
|Texas Trilogy - Trainride|
|Texas Trilogy - Bosque County Romance|
|Backslider's Wine – feat. Randy Rogers|
|LA Freeway – feat. The Last Bandoleros|
|Cosmic Cowboy – feat. Willie Nelson, Jerry Jeff Walker, Lyle Lovett,|
|Bruce Robison, Django Walker, Gary p Nunn & Bob Livingston|
|Little Bird – feat. Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison|
|Quicksilver Daydream of Maria|
|Drunken Lady of the Morning – feat. Lyle Lovett|