Americana (Michael Martin Murphey album)

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Studio album by Michael Martin Murphey
Released 1987
Genre Country, popular
Length 37:18
Label Warner Bros. Records
Producer Jim Ed Norman
Michael Martin Murphey chronology
Tonight We Ride
(1986)Tonight We Ride1986
River of Time
(1988)River of Time1988

Americana is the thirteenth album by American singer-songwriter Michael Martin Murphey and his second for Warner Bros. Records. Murphey found a receptive home with the label and began a long association with the label's president and resident producer, Jim Ed Norman. Unlike his previous albums, Americana contains material written mainly by other writers—Murphey only wrote or co-wrote three of the songs. The album's notable tracks include the #1 hit "A Long Line of Love" and the #4 "Face in the Crowd", the latter a duet with singer Holly Dunn. The album peaked at number 32 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.[1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "A Face in the Crowd" (with Holly Dunn) Gary Harrison, Karen Staley 4:09
2. "A Long Line of Love" Paul Overstreet, Thom Schuyler 3:27
3. "Once Upon a Time" Michael Martin Murphey, Hoffner 5:24
4. "Out of Touch" Wayland Holyfield, McConn 2:52
5. "Almost Free" Hugh Prestwood 3:27
6. "Worlds Apart" Murphey 3:56
7. "No One Else But You" Hoffner, Miller 3:55
8. "You're History" Murphey, Hoffner 3:22
9. "My Darling Wherever You Are" Bob DiPiero, Mugrage, John Scott Sherrill 4:01
10. "I'm Never Gonna Let You Go" Bob Corbin 3:04



  • Michael Martin Murphey – vocals, guitar, piano, harmonica
  • Lloyd Green – steel guitar
  • Reggie Young – electric guitar
  • Josh Goin – electric guitar
  • Larry Byrom – acoustic guitar
  • Billy Joe Walker, Jr. – guitar
  • Mark Casstevens – acoustic guitar
  • Josh Leo – electric guitar
  • Steve Gibson – banjo, producer, guitar
  • John Jarvis – piano
  • Dennis Burnside – piano, synthesizer
  • David Hoffner – piano, synthesizer
  • Mike Lawler – synthesizer
  • Dave Innis – synthesizer
  • Barry Green – trombone
  • George Tidwell – trumpet
  • Buddy Skipper – clarinet
  • Jim Horn – saxophone
  • Michael Rhodes – bass
  • Mike Brignardello – bass
  • Eddie Bayers – drums
  • Tommy Wells – drums
  • Holly Dunn – vocals
  • Gary Musick – background vocals
  • Thomas Flora – background vocals
  • Jim Photoglo – background vocals
  • Ned Wimmer – background vocals
  • Michael Lunn – background vocals
  • Gary Janney – background vocals


Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1987) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 32


  1. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Americana". Allmusic. Retrieved May 24, 2012. 

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