Outlaw Country - Friday, January 30, 2015

The American Treasure Tour blog has had some fun this week telling you a little bit about the vinyl records hanging on the wall in our Music Room.  We're not about to stop today - heck, it's Friday and there is no better time to sit back and enjoy some music.  (Sorry about the harsh language.  We just get a little passionate every now and again.)

Today, we are going to talk about Michael Murphey and his album Blue Sky - Night Thunder.  Murphey is western through and through.  Born in Texas in 1945, (his dad's first name was Pink!) Murphey spent his childhood on family-owned ranches, listening to stories and cowboy songs.  He started singing them himself soon after and made a career out of it, getting his big break when his friend Michael Nesmith commissioned him for a song recorded by the Monkees in 1967.  After joining the Outlaw country movement of the early '70s, he recorded his seminal album, Blue Sky - Night Thunder in 1975, which included his platinum-selling hit "Wildfire."  He continues to play music today, while striving also to preserve the heritage of the west.  

QUESTION:  One of Murphey's songs became the anthem for one of the United States of America.  Which is the state?
A)  New Mexico
B)  Maine
C)  Arizona
D)  Texas

The Spanish name yuerba buena translates into English (loosely) as "good herb."  This is an herb that was so plentiful in part of the Spanish colony of Mexico that a pueblo was named after it in 1776.  That town grew over the years.  The Mexicans fought for - and won - their independence from Spain.  Then they fought another war, this time with the Americans.  They lost that one, and their town changed hands in 1846.  It also changed names.  On this day of that year, Yuerba Buena officially became part of San Francisco, California.  According to such science fiction films as Star Trek and the Planet of the Apes franchise, it will keep its new name for centuries to come, even if it doesn't look the same in the future.

Today is the 74th birthday of the 46th Vice President of the United States.  Assuming you have not yet memorized all the men to have held the second spot in the country, we will just tell you.  Dick Cheney held his office for two terms - not so long ago!  From 2001 to 2009, he guided our nation along with his boss, George W. Bush.  And you thought he was only 73!

QUOTE:  I wake up every morning with a smile on my face, grateful for another day I never thought I'd see. - Dick Cheney

ANSWER:  A)  New Mexico.  The song is called "Land of Enchantment," which was recorded in 1989.