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Dec 15, 2010 12:14 PM by Greg Boyce

Free concert planned on Fort Carson

Cowboy singer-songwriter Michael Martin Murphey will perform a free concert for soldiers, their family and the public at Fort Carson.

"Christmas is a time to count our blessings," said Murphey. "In this country, we've been blessed to have people who volunteer to serve our country in the military. I'm humbled by their dedication, and wanted to, in this small way, say thank you to our troops."

Presented by the Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation and the USO, the show is set for 6 p.m. December 19 at the Ft. Carson McMahon Theater, Bldg 1517, McDonald Street, and will be the final performance of this year's Cowboy Christmas Tour, which Murphey has performed for now 18 years in a row. Murphey began the tour after visiting the annual Cowboy Christmas Ball in Anson, Texas, a tradition that began in 1885 and has celebrated annually since 1934.

"The first time I came to the annual Cowboy Christmas Ball in Anson, Texas, where the community has celebrated the holidays with this event every year since 1934, I was floored that the community had worked so hard to keep it going," Murphey said. "I fell in love watching the older couples dance and the dances being passed on to the younger people. It reconnected me to the tradition."

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