In years gone by, Cheyenne Frontier Days has had cowboy poets and singers like Gary S. Pratt, Dave Red Boy Schildt and others. Until just a few years ago, however, there hasn’t been a CFD resident regular as a singer of cowboy songs. Now, there’s a specially built stage called the "Sidewinder Saloon" for the great Michael Martin Murphy and Rio Grande Band.

On the Michael Martin Murphy Facebook page you can read:

(After) Laramie Jubilee Days... People of all ages hoof it to Cowboy Music in Wyoming! This week we're in Cheyenne at Cheyenne Frontier Days! 10 days of Cowboy Music at the Sidewinder Saloon Stage with the Rio Grande Band - come see us and our friends on the first venue created solely for Cowboy Music in the history of Cheyenne Frontier Days!

Over the first weekend, I was sitting at Texas Roadhouse bar talking to a nice dude and his wife who’d been at Frontier Park all day. “Ya know what I thought the highlight of our day was?” He said, “The Michael Martin Murphy Show was free so we sat down and found ourselves just smiling at his easy way of chatting. It’s hard to describe the peaceful feeling it gave us.” He said that he didn’t realize that was the guy who sang “Wildfire,” but he only does "cowboy songs and tells cowboy stories."

The “Hard to describe, but ‘peaceful’ feeling,” had me intrigued, especially when I heard, “I don’t want to say it was ‘spiritual,’ but something about it was comforting.”

That was it. I had to go see if “Spiritual” was what I hoped it was. Could it be as if THE “Holy Spirit” was involved there? That was a suspicion I had. Well, on Monday one of Mister Murphy’s songs was introduced as being written for a friend who died. That song ended with one line of a chorus in a hymn I knew since I was a kid, “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms.” That night, in my head, I found myself still singing, “Safe and secure from all alarms.” Yeah, I’d say this show has something “spiritual” about it.

Now this sounds like it may be something Michael explains at every one of his CFD shows. He told this story early. A few years ago when he was invited to play at Cheyenne Frontier Days. The “Committee” then asked Michael if he’d like to be a regular performer throughout the 10 day run. His response was, “Only on one condition, and I’ll do it for free … if I can do just ‘Cowboy Songs.’ The rest is history. I enjoyed the ‘Cowboys Stories’ as much as the Cowboy Songs.  Murphy clearly has an appreciation and love of history, and the pure theatre that true history is.

To me, Michael Martin Murphy was way more than worth seeing at one of two daily shows - at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.