Peaks, Valleys, Honky Tonks & Alleys

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Peaks, Valleys, Honky Tonks & Alleys
Live album by Michael Martin Murphey
Released 1979
Recorded Palomino Club,
Los Angeles, California
Genre Country, cowboy music
Length 45:05
Label Epic
Producer John Boylan
Michael Martin Murphey chronology
Lone Wolf
Peaks, Valleys, Honky Tonks & Alleys
Hard Country
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

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.[2][3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Cosmic Cowboy" / "Cosmic Breakdown" (Murphey) – 6:08
  2. "Another Cheap Western / Western Movies" (Murphey) – 4:08
  3. "Years Behind Bars" (Murphey) – 3:11
  4. "Backslider's Wine" (Murphey) – 3:25
  5. "Geronimo's Cadillac" (Murphey, Quarto) – 6:47
  6. "South Coast" (Murphey) – 4:05
  7. "Chain Gang" (Murphey) – 3:57
  8. "Once a Drifter" (Murphey) – 4:41
  9. "Texas Morning" (Murphey, Castleman) – 4:12
  10. "Lightning" (Murphey) – 4:31[2][3]




  • John Boylan – producer
  • Paul Grupp – engineer[2][3]


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ a b c Worbois, Jim. "Peaks, Valleys, Honky Tonks & Alleys". Allmusic. Retrieved May 24, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "Peaks, Valleys, Honky Tonks & Alleys". Discogs. Retrieved May 24, 2012. 

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