An Evening with Michael Martin Murphey October 1, Saturday at 7:00 p.m Dane G Hansen Memorial Museum

It's September 1972. The legendary Armadillo World Headquarters in Austin, TX is hosting two sold-out nights with headliner Michael Martin Murphey and opening act Willie Nelson.

Until now, Armadillo has mainly presented rock acts. Rolling Stone magazine heard that the show might be special, so they sent their top man from Texas,

Chet Flipp, to cover the event. Flippo soon declares in Rolling Stone that Murphey is "the best new songwriter in America."

Murphey just released his acclaimed genre-bending Geronimo’s Cadillac, and tonight It's a night that defies all the musical norms of the time; a night

that some will call "the birth of modern American music." "Murphey was a key player in the Austin phenomenon," noted Craig Havighurst of WMOT 50 years

after he pioneered this music scene and laid the groundwork for what we call Americana music today, Murphey presents Austinology: Alleys of Austin.

It's both a celebration of that era and a look at the pivotal period that made Austin one of the music capitals of the world. A native Texan, Murphey had already had songwriting success in Los Angeles