THAT'S WHO I AM
Mark Murphey's latest release, That's Who I Am, features nine original songs and three cover songs. Mark's career as a singer-songwriter spans the past two decades with most of that time spent with The Class Band. Mark writes, sings, auctioneers, flips burgers, is a good mechanic, and re-builds John Deere tractors.
The That's Who I Am project was recorded over a seventeen year period with two common elements - Mark Murphey and Lloyd Maines. It features some of the best Texas musicians and is summed up in a line from Amarillo Highway - "I don't wear a Stetson but I'm willing to bet son that I'm big a Texan as you are."
California Wine was first released in the eighties and charted on Bill Board. It remains a timely tune destined to becoming a classic. Low and Lonely and Oklahoma Pride are also Mark Murphey originals. Mark co-wrote, Down in Mexico, The Devil Took Your Mind, Georgia on His Mind, Winter Night, That's Who I Am, and Mary Go Round.
Also on the album, Mark does a great job with Terry Allen's Amarillo Highway, Michael Nesmith's I Just Began to Care and the old Johnny Horton "mover" On A Honky Tonk Hardwood Floor.
That's Who I Am - Track Listing
1. That's Who I Am (4:19)
2. Down in Mexico (2:37)
3. Winter Night (3:26)
4. Amarillo Highway (3:31)
5. Mary Go Round (4:08)
6. Oklahoma Pride (3:07)
7. The Devil Took Your Mind (3:56)
8. Low and Lonely (3:46)
9. On A Honky Tonk Hardwood Floor (3:08)
10. Georgia on His Mind (3:08)
11. California Wine (3:34)
12. I Just Began to Care (2:52)
"Mark Murphey is 'the best kept secret in country music.' He's been writing and playing his songs for the past twenty years and is just now getting around to showcasing his talent. Mark is the man described on track one of this album, 'a hard working man - that'll help you if he can.' He's a great writer with a very smooth and honest country voice."
Lloyd Maines, Producer
That's Who I Am
*Features Hit Single: Winter Night
*Produced by Grammy Winner - Lloyd Maines
*Nine Great Original Songs
*Harmony Vocals by Terri Hendrix and Frank Seres
*Features Musicians: Mike McAdoo, Paul Pearcy Glenn Fukunaga, Riley Osborn, Kenny Maines, Donnie Maines and Lloyd Maines
*Appeals To All Country Music Markets
Abigail Records - Nocona, Texas
Recorded at Cedar Creek Studios, Austin, Texas, Brazos Studios, Lubbock, Texas and Outback Studios, Wichita Falls,
M a r k M u r p h e y
FULL NAME: Mark William Murphey
BIRTHDATE: May 8, 1964
RAISED: Nocona, Texas
FAMILY: Wife: Melissa
Children: Mason and Madison
Parents: John and Fern Murphey
Sisters: Darla Murphey Womack and Karla Murphey
MUSICAL ROOTS: Father is a singer/songwriter; Mother plays piano; Karla's talents are in woodwinds and piano, while Darla's gifts are singing and guitar.
MUSICAL STARTS: Played guitar with Father in local jamborees at age 12; Began singing at the age of 18.
HIGHLIGHTS: First single Low & Lonely climbed to #13 on the English Chart and also charted in Australia, Germany and Ireland. The third single, California Wine charted on Billboard. Both songs are original material. Will release a twelve song album, That's Who I Am, on January 15, 2004. The album was produced by Lloyd Maines and recorded a Cedar Creek Studios. It contains nine original songs and features hit single Winter Night.
PERFORMED WITH: Ricky Skaggs, Ronnie Milsap, Alabama, Keith Whitley, Patty Loveless, Willie Nelson, Exile, Pirates of the Mississippi, Diamond Rio, Brooks & Dunn, Billy Dean, Mark Chesnutt, Holly Dunn, Hal Ketchum, Trisha Yearwood, McBride & The Ride, Steve Wariner, Tanya Tucker, Vince Gill, Tracy Lawrence and many others.
RECORD LABLE: Abigail Records - Nocona, Texas - 800-355-3317
AMBITION: "Writing and performing good material as long as there are people willing to listen."
INTERESTS: Playing and singing his music, spending time with family and friends at the lake, camping, skiing, and other sports.
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1. That's Who I Am
2. Down In Mexico
3. Winter Night
4. Amarillo Highway
5. Mary Go Round
6. Oklahoma Pride
7. The Devil Took Your Mind
8. Low and Lonely
9. On A Honky Tonk Hardwood Floor
10. Georgia on His Mind
11. California Wine
12. I've Just Begun To Care