Texas singer-songwriter Michael Martin Murphey (below) has spent most of the last 50 years keeping the western in country and western music. Although his strongest stretch commercially came with a string of 1980s mainstream radio hits, from the sentimental “What’s Forever For” to the melodic “Carolina In the Pines,” his cowboy heart has always steered him back to his Lone Star roots. Murphey hits the stage at Eastwood’s Palace Theatre, 2384 James St., on Thursday, Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m., as half of the “Acoustic Legends Tour,” which also features pop poet Jonathan Edwards (above), who is currently pushing his latest CD My Love Will Keep. Bearded song spinner Murphey, who has the new album Tall Grass and Cool Water, is sure to circle his tenderfoot audience around the imaginary campfire while he traces his winding trail of colorful songs, from the Native American tribute “Geronimo’s Cadillac” to the mystical “Wildfire” and the rowdy “Cherokee Fiddle,” famously recorded by Johnny Lee on the chart-busting 1980 Urban Cowboy soundtrack. Saddle up, Syracuse. Tickets are $30. For details, call (800) 838-3006 or visit brownpapertickets.com.