National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum hosts Express Employment Professionals’ 22nd Annual Cowboy Christmas Ball

Grammy nominee, prominent Western performing artist Michael Martin Murphey to headline family event


OKLAHOMA CITY, November 7 — The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum will host the 22nd annual Express Employment Professionals’ Cowboy Christmas Ball featuring American singer-songwriter Michael Martin Murphey at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16.

“For more than two decades, guests from near and far have joined us to experience this holiday tradition featuring Michael Martin Murphey,” said Museum President and CEO Steven Karr. “Our hope is to avoid the sometimes overly commercialized atmosphere of the holiday season into an enchanting and traditional evening – a festive winter night spent in the company of family and friends enjoying the Western spirit.”

The idea was originally inspired as a grand ball in Anson City, Texas, in 1885 by Star Hotel operator M. G. Rhodes as a way to attract customers and entertain cowhands of the area. Rhodes chose the weekend just before Christmas and began to spread the word far and wide among cowhands in the West – thus a tradition was born.

This year’s yuletide event will once again feature an evening of entertainment for the entire family. Murphey is a multiple Grammy nominee with six gold albums, including “Cowboy Songs” – the first album of cowboy music to achieve gold status since 1959. This year marks the 41st anniversary of the release of his iconic song, “Wildfire,” featured on the album “Blue Sky – Night Thunder.”

Guests can expect an alcohol-free event including dinner, traditional Western songs and dances dating more than 100 years, and a visit from Santa. The event is open to the public; reservations are required in advance. For event information or registration, call (405) 478-2250 ext. 218 or visit