Michael Martin Murphey was forced to make a difficult decision on Thursday (May 26) when he cancelled his concert scheduled in Bishop, California for the same evening. The sold-out show was meant to be one of the highlights of Bishop's "Mule Days," an annual event that takes place every Memorial Day weekend.
The "Wildfire" singer had been anticipating the concert for some time, but a family emergency changed his plans. He announced the news on Facebook, explaining the heartbreaking reason behind the cancellation.
"My precious mother is critically ill and I am rushing to be by her side," he said. "I have been looking forward to performing at Mule Days again with great anticipation; I wish I could be there..."
Murphey credits his parents for helping shape him into the cowboy singer he is today. He wrote about how his mother would dress him in Western clothes and how his parents kept him busy in the summer by sending him to live on a ranch and learn the cowboy way of life. The young Murphey grew up surrounded by cowboy culture, which is why he went on to become one of the most iconic cowboy singers of all time.
"I owe my career as a singing cowboy from Texas to my mother and father, who loved the Lone Star State and what it stands for," he wrote. "They loved the cattle ranching culture. Dad is gone now but Mom still encourages me to 'keep it Western.'"
Murphey went on to add that he hopes he'll be able to host a concert in Bishop soon. "As my Dad, who was my business manager used to say, 'We'll make it work, son!'" he wrote. "I know my Mom agrees."
It must have been tough for Murphey to cancel the concert, but we can't blame him for wanting to spend this time with his mother. We'll be keeping Murphey and his mother in our prayers.
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