1979 Michael Martin Murphey – Peaks, Valleys, Honky-Tonks & Alleys

Peaks, Valleys, Honky Tonks & Alleys is the eighth album by American singer-songwriter Michael Martin Murphey and his first live album. The first five tracks were recorded at the legendary Palomino Club in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, an important West Coast country music venue. The remaining five tracks are studio recordings. The live tracks showcase Murphey’s early work with some interesting twists. His “Cosmic Cowboy” turns into a breakdown, while “Another Cheap Western” is coupled with The Olympics’ 1958 hit, “Western Movies”. The album produced the singles “Backslider’s Wine” and “Chain Gang” that peaked at numbers 92 and 93 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart respectively.

It was the final album in which he was credited as “Michael Murphey”—all of his subsequent releases have been under his full name.


1  Cosmic Cowboy – Cosmic Breakdown (Michael Martin Murphey) 05:59
2  Another Cheap Western – Western Movies (Cliff Goldsmith; Fred Smith; Michael Martin Murphey) 04:07
3  Years Behind Bars (Gary Nunn; Michael Martin Murphey) 03:09
4  Backslider’s Wine (Michael Martin Murphey) 03:24
5  Geronimo’s Cadillac (Charles John Quarto; Michael Martin Murphey) 06:46
6  South Coast (Lilian Bos Ross; Richard Dehr; Sam Eskin) 04:03
7  Chain Gang (Sam Cooke) 03:56
8  Once A Drifter (Michael Martin Murphey) 04:37
9  Texas Morning (Boomer Castleman; Michael Martin Murphey) 04:11
10  Lightning (Michael Martin Murphey) 04:29


BassBob Glaub
DrumsMike Botts
GuitarSam Broussard
Acoustic GuitarMichael Martin Murphey
Acoustic GuitarSam Broussard
Steel GuitarDan Dugmore
BanjoDoug Dillard
KeyboardsJai Winding
KeyboardsRod Phillips
HarmonicaDon Brooks
FiddleByron Berline
PercussionGary Coleman
Background VocalsBobby Kimball
Background VocalsTom Kelly
Background VocalsKaty Moffatt
VocalsMichael Martin Murphey

Other Musicians

6  South Coast

Background VocalsTimothy B Schmit

Liner Notes

Producer – John Boylan
Engineer – Paul Grupp
Mastered By – Wally Traugott
Orchestrated By – Jimmie Haskell, The Sid Sharp Strings

Design, Cover – Phil Hartmann
Photography – Les Goldberg, Mary Maciukas

Mastered At Capitol Mastering
Recorded At The Palomino
Recorded At Westlake Studios
Recorded At Woodland Studios
Recorded At Western Studios
Recorded By Record Plant Mobile, Los Angeles
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