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Upcoming Shows:

All shows are FULL BAND (unless otherwise indicated)

Contact venue for tickets

Tue Mar 31
Continental Club Gallery (Solo)
Austin, TX

Wed Apr 1
Continental Club
Austin, TX

Tue Apr 7
Lafayette's Music Room
Memphis, TN

Thur Apr 9
3rd & Lindsley
Nashville, TN

Fri Apr 10
Variety Playhouse
Atlanta, GA

Sat Apr 11
Visulite Theatre
Charlotte, NC

Mon Apr 13
The Pour House
Charleston, SC

Tue Apr 14
Southland Ballroom
Raleigh, NC

Wed Apr 15
The Southern Cafe & Music Hall
Charlottesville, VA

Fri Apr 17
Mexicali Live
Teaneck, NJ

Sat Apr 18
Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY

Sun Apr 19
Waterford Old School (Fundraiser for Waterford Foundation)
Waterford, VA

Mon Apr 20
The Hamilton
Washington, DC

Tue Apr 21
World Cafe Live
Philadelphia, PA

Wed Apr 22
Beachland Ballroom
Cleveland, OH

Thur Apr 23
Lincoln Hall
Chicago, IL

Fri Apr 24
High Noon Saloon
Madison, WI

Sat Apr 25
Fine Line
Minneapolis, MN

Mon Apr 27
Castle Theatre
Bloomington, IL

Tue Apr 28
The Mill
Iowa City, IA

Wed Apr 29
Des Moines, IA

Thur Apr 30
Kansas City, MO

Fri May 1
Off Broadway
St. Louis, MO

Sat May 2
Revolution Music Room
Little Rock, AR

Sat May 9
McGonigel's Mucky Duck (Solo)
Houston, TX

Tue May 26
Boulder, CO

Wed May 27
Oriental Theatre
Denver, CO

Thur May 28
Edgewater Brewery
Grand Junction, CO

Sat May 30
Knotty Pine
Victor, ID

Sun May 31
Wells Fargo House
Virginia City, MT

Tue Jun 2
Great Northern
Whitefish, MT

Wed Jun 3
Top Hat Lounge
Missoula, MT

Thur Jun 4
The Bartlett
Spokane, WA

Fri Jun 5
Biltmore Cabaret
Vancouver, BC

Sat Jun 6
Tractor Tavern
Seattle, WA

Sun Jun 7
Aladdin Theatre
Portland, OR

Wed Jun 10
The Butcher Shop
Chico, CA

Thur Jun 11
Cargo@Whitney Peak Hotel
Reno, NV

Sat Jun 13
The Chapel
San Francisco, CA

Tue Jun 16
West Hollywood, CA

Wed Jun 17
Belly Up Tavern
Solana Beach, CA

Fri Jun 19
Crescent Ballroom
Phoenix, AZ

Sat Sept 5
The Blue Hill Fair
Blue Hill, ME





Continental Club Residency
When he is not on the road, you can catch James McMurtry in Austin for his regular solo/acoustic show at the Continental Club Gallery every Tuesday. And the James McMurtry Band can be found each Wednesday performing their renowned regular midnight set at The Continental Club in Austin, Texas.





"The simple fact is that James McMurtry may be the truest, fiercest songwriter of his generation." - Stephen King



Wed Mar 18
Noon: Dogwood (Guitartown/Conqueroo Day Party) - Solo
3:00: Threadgill's World Headquarters (Jenni Finlay Promotions Day Party) - Full Band

Friday Mar 20
Noon: El Mercado (Sun Radio Day Party) (Solo)

Sat Mar 21
Continental Club (Mojo's Jalepano Pancake Breakfast) (Full Band)
Austin, TX

Sun Mar 22
Catfish Concerts 2nd Anniversary(Solo)
Austin, TX




"Back before Napster and Spotify, we toured to promote record sales.
Now we make records to promote tour dates."

AUSTIN, Texas: James McMurtry spins stories with a poet’s pen (“Long Island Sound”) and a painter’s precision (“She Loves Me”). Proof: The acclaimed songwriter’s new Complicated Game. McMurtry’s first collection in six years spotlights a craftsman in absolutely peak form as he turns from political toward personal (“These Things I’ve Come to Know,” “You Got to Me”). “The lyrical theme is mostly about relationships,” McMurtry says. “It’s also a little about the big old world verses the poor little farmer or fisherman. I never make a conscious decision about what to write about.”

Complicated Game delivers McMurtry’s trademark story songs time and again (“Copper Canteen,” “Deaver’s Crossing”), but the record brings a new (and certainly no less energetic) sonic approach. Simply put: McMurtry brings forth another new masterpiece.

“How’m I Gonna Find You Now,” the record’s lead single boasts buoyant banjos and driving drums endlessly energetic.

Whiplash vocals further frenzy the beat. “I've got a cup of black coffee so I don't get lazy/I've got a rattle in the dashboard driving me crazy,” McMurtry effectively raps. “If I hit it with my fist, it’ll quit for a little while/Gonna have to stop to smoke in another mile/Headed into town gonna meet you at the mercantile/Take you to the Sonic get you grinning like a crocodile.”

Such vibrant vignettes consistently turn heads. They have for a quarter century now. Clearly, he’s only improving with time. “James McMurtry is one of my very few favorite songwriters on Earth and these days he's working at the top of his game,” says Americana all-star Jason Isbell. “He has that rare gift of being able to make a listener laugh out loud at one line and choke up at the next. I don’t think anybody writes better lyrics.” “James writes like he's lived a lifetime,” echoes iconic roots rocker John Mellencamp. Yes. Spin “South Dakota.” You’ll hear.

Further evidence: McMurtry’s Just Us Kids (2008) and Childish Things (2005). The former earned his highest Billboard 200 chart position in nearly two decades and notched Americana Music Award nominations. Meanwhile, Childish Things scored endless critical praise and spent six full weeks topping the Americana Music Radio chart in 2005 and 2006. In 2006, Childish Things won the Americana Music Association’s Album of the Year and “We Can’t Make It Here” was named the rapidly rising organization's Song of the Year.

Of course, Complicated Game doubles down on literate storytelling longtime enthusiasts expect. Recall high watermarks past: “Childish Things,” “Choctaw Bingo,” “Peter Pan,” “Levelland,” and “Out Here in the Middle” only begin the list. (Yes, Robert Earl Keen covered those last two, “Levelland” remaining a live staple.) Just Us Kids alone includes fan favorites “Hurricane Party,” “Ruby and Carlos” and “You’d a Thought.” High watermarks deliver equal measures depth and breadth and pierce hearts with sharp sociopolitical commentary (“Fireline Road”).

More history: McMurtry critically lauded first album Too Long in the Wasteland (1989) was produced by John Mellencamp and marked the beginning of a series of acclaimed projects for Columbia and Sugar Hill Records. In 1996, McMurtry received a Grammy nomination for Long Form Music Video for Where'd You Hide the Body. Additionally, It Had to Happen (1997) received the American Indie Award for Best Americana Album.

In 2004, McMurtry released the universally lauded Live in Aught-Three on Compadre Records. The following year, Childish Things notched arguably his most critical praise, spending six weeks at No. 1 on the Americana Music Radio Chart in 2005 and 2006. In September 2006, Childish Things and “We Can’t Make It Here” won the Americana Music Awards for Album and Song of the Year, respectively. McMurtry received more Americana Music Award nominations for 2008’s Just Us Kids. This album marked his highest Billboard 200 chart position in more than nearly two decades.

In 2009, Live in Europe was released, capturing the McMurtry band’s first European tour and extraordinary live set. Along with seasoned band members Ronnie Johnson, Daren Hess, and Tim Holt, the disc features special guests Ian McLagan (Faces, Small Faces) and Jon Dee Graham (True Believers, Skunks). Also, for the first time ever, video of the James McMurtry Band’s live performance is available on the included DVD.

The poignant lyrics of his immense catalog still ring true today. In 2011, “We Can’t Make It Here” was cited among The Nation’s “Best Protest Songs Ever.” “‘We Can’t Make It Here,’” Bob Lefsetz wrote, “has stood the test of time because of its unmitigated truth.”

McMurtry tours year round and consistently throws down unparalleled powerhouse performances. The Washington Post notes: “Much attention is paid to James McMurtry’s lyrics and rightfully so: He creates a novel’s worth of emotion and experience in four minutes of blisteringly stark couplets. What gets overlooked, however, is that he’s an accomplished rock guitar player ... serious stuff, imparted by a singularly serious band.”


Publicity: Cary Baker, Conqueroo, cary@conqueroo.com, (323) 656-1600

Management and radio: Jenni Finlay, jenni@jennifinlay.com, (512) 787-8968