Michael Martin Murphey’s Cowboy Christmas at the McPherson Opera House


For over 25 years, legendary singer-songwriter Michael Martin Murphey has been riding across the Southwest spreading his message of Christmas cheer.

“What I try to do is encourage people to think of the spirit of giving, charity, and forgiving, which is the spirit of Christmas,” says Murphey. “It’s about delivering that beautiful message of Christmas to people.”

Murphey will be delivering that message at the McPherson Opera House at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 3. 

Michael Martin Murphey’s Cowboy Christmas® was inspired by an event that began in 1885 in Anson, Texas, when the local community of cowboys came together to celebrate the season with the very first Cowboy Christmas Ball. The festivities included dancing and merriment that has continued virtually every year since 

“The first time I came to the annual Cowboy Christmas Ball in Anson, I was floored that the community had worked so hard to keep it going,” says Murphey, himself a rancher and farmer. “I fell in love watching the older couples dance and the dances being passed on to the younger people. It reconnected me to the tradition. The Cowboy Christmas Ball is steeped in everything I hold dear of growing up in Texas at Christmas. All the dances were here — the waltzes, the mazurkas, the Paul Jones, the Virginia Reel. The women make their own costumes and clothes and the men still wear string ties and frock coats. It’s a family reunion of friends.” 

In addition to his popular Christmas classics that Murphey and his Rio Grande Band will perform, he will also be incorporating songs from Austinology • Alleys of Austin, a project that pays tribute to the early years of the Austin Music Scene when Murphey, Jerry Jeff Walker, Gary P. Nunn and more laid the groundwork for the Outlaw Movement with Willie Nelson, and in the process setting the stage for what has now become known as “Americana” music. 

“Michael Martin Murphey brought his Cowboy Christmas show to the Opera House last year and it was absolutely fabulous. If you missed it, here’s your chance to catch this heart felt, inspiring show,” Opera House Executive Director Diane Fallis said. “It’s been an incredibly popular event for us. I would encourage guests not to wait to buy tickets.” 

Ticket prices range from $30-$55 and are available at mcphersonoperahouse.org, or by calling or visiting the box office, 620-241-1952, 219 S. Main Street, McPherson.

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