Mike Murphy to perform Sept. 9 in West Bountiful
Musician Mike Murphy will be guest performer at the West Bountiful Arts Council concert on Sept. 9. Courtesy photo
The West Bountiful Arts Council will kick off its Fall/Winter Concert Series Friday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m., at the West Bountiful City Hall by bringing guitarist, songwriter and singer Mike Murphy to the stage.
With his love for Country Western music and the guitar, it’s not a surprise to learn that Mike was born and raised in Eastern New Mexico and West Texas. He began his musical instruction at age 10 when he began playing the trumpet. At age 12 a friend introduced him to the guitar and a double love developed that he said, “has lasted my whole life.”
In 1971 while performing at a resort in Colorado his life took a major turn when he met his soul mate Sherie and they were married in 1972. After graduation from Texas Tech University in 1974, Mike was hired as band director at Viewmont High School in Bountiful where he taught band, guitar, and history. In 1996, after 22 years as band director, he gave up the band program but continued to teach guitar and history at Viewmont where he developed a world-class guitar program and loved teaching U.S History.
Mike retired from education in 2011. In 2007, before he retired, Mike opened his own guitar store, Murphy’s Guitars on Main Street in Bountiful and ran the store for 14 very successful years, building a landmark business and using the store to promote music throughout the community. Mike has also prospered as a singer/songwriter and has recorded and released three CD’s of his own songs, “Standing at a Crossroads”(1996), “Friends”(2000), and “Boyhood Dreams”(2010).
“I’m excited and honored to have the opportunity to kick off the 2022-23 Concert Series for the Arts Council,” he said. “The year 2021 was such an awesome year for me musically. After I sold my guitar store, Murphy’s Guitars, I made a commitment to myself to create more original music and the result was a bunch of brand new songs, many of which I feel are the best songs I’ve ever written. I had the awesome experience of recording the songs at the amazing Jim Funk recording studio in North Salt Lake with some of the most incredible talent playing and singing back-up vocals with me. We produced an EP of 6 new tunes that range from Country to Christian Folk.” Three of the songs have been recognized by the World Songwriting Awards contest with his Christian entries “Whispers in the Wind” and “Long Time Comin” both receiving a top 10 award.
“My new Country song, ‘West Texas Twister’ received top honors as the Best Traditional Country Song for the Spring 2022 contest period. On the evening of September 9, I will be playing my new songs along with a few others and many of the songs from my first three albums. Joining me on Bass will be Jason White and on percussion will be Jim Webster.”
“When people ask me what style of music I play, I tell them if they liked folk artists from the 70’s and contemporary artists who play guitar and sing they will enjoy what I will be playing. I hope you will come out and enjoy a night of free live music.” λ