‘Wildfire’ singer Michael Martin Murphy headlines Fort Sumner event

Courtesy photo Michael Martin Murphy will be performing at the Under the Stars New Mexico event 7:30 p.m. Sept. 3 at the Bosque Redondo Memorial in Fort Sumner.

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Michael Martin Murphy, singer of hits such as “Wildfire” and “Carolina in the Pines,” and the Rio Grande Band will perform at the Under the Stars of New Mexico event Sept. 3 at the Bosque Redondo Memorial in Fort Sumner

Murphy said the event honor’s the Navajo and Apache nations, who were forced to live on the Bosque Redondo reservation in the late 19th century.

“I have been heavily involved in Indian rights and affairs since pretty much the beginning of my career,” Murphy said. “I’m honored that they asked me to play.”

Murphy is known for his unique music style, called Buckaroo Bluegrass, a combination of country music and bluegrass. Although many of his songs have been geared toward western culture and country life, Murphy said his newest album, which came out in June, refers directly to cowboy life and culture.

“There are many museums and monuments honoring the American story from the standpoint of Europeans who have immigrated to this nation,” Murphy said. “But there are not nearly enough monuments honoring the story of the original Americans and the struggle for their rights, their land and their way of life. This monument is as important to me as the Smithsonian Institute in Washington.”