MICHAEL MARTIN MURPHEY, “Tall Grass & Cool Water,” Rural Rhythm. 12 tracks.

Michael Martin Murphey has created a sub-genre of bluegrass that he calls “Buckaroo Bluegrass.”

Basically, it’s cowboy music with a bluegrass beat.

“Tall Grass & Cool Water,” the third album in the series,  features a collection of top bluegrass musicians including  Sam Bush, Ronnie McCoury, Pat Flynn, Charlie Cushman, Andy Hall, Andy Leftwich, Troy Engle, Mike Bubb and Craig Nelson.

Two of the songs date back to the 19th century.

“Texas Cowboy” began life as a poem in a Montana newspaper in 1881. “The Ballad of Jesse James” was written, supposedly by Billy Gashade, shortly after the outlaw’s death in 1882.

“The Santa Fe Trail” comes from 1911.

Three songs, written by Bob Nolan, date from the 1930s and 1940s repertoire of the Sons of the Pioneers — “Cool Water,” “Way Out There” and “Blue Prairie.”

“Trusty Lariat” comes from Harry “Haywire Mac” McClintock, who also wrote “Big Rock Candy Mountain.”

The album features the James Gang Trilogy — “The Ballad of Jesse James,” “The Ballad of Cole Younger” and “Frank James Farewell.” 

Carin Mari, a Colorado-born singer, sings a duet with Murphey on “Springtime in the Rockies,” yodels on “Way Out There” and sings harmony on “Cool Water.”

If you like both cowboy music and bluegrass, you should really like this.

Can’t find it in stores? Try www.MichaelMartinMurphey.com

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