James McMurtry @ SXSW
March 10 (8:30 pm) - Strange Brew, Father & Son showcase
James McMurtry New Blog
"I've been an avid reader of gun magazines since I was about nine years old. Reading about guns was one of my favorite methods of putting off homework. I can't remember when I first saw Dick Metcalf's byline, but it seems as if he's been writing for one gun magazine or another more or less forever. I didn't read much of Metcalf's writing because he tended to write about gun law, a subject in which I had little interest at a young age. When putting off sixth grade history homework assignments, one does not want to see the word "Constitution" in a gun magazine. But the byline was always there somewhere in Shooting Times or Guns and Ammo, along with those of many others, Colonel Jeff Cooper, Skeeter Skelton, Jon Sundra, familiar names that inhabited one of my favorite refuges from the world of what had to be done. My favorites, Cooper and Skelton, have passed on. Mr. Metcalf is still among the living, but his byline has vanished..."
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James McMurtry Signs with Complicated Game - New Album Out in Late 2014
Label head Moret agrees. “In March 2013, when C.C. Adcock told me we were going to see James McMurtry at the Continental Club in Austin, I expected to see a good show,” he says, “but what I saw left me mesmerized! I immediately knew I wanted to sign him. As a European, it is an amazing opportunity to work with one of the most talented American singer-songwriters.”
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 four 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 its Song of the Year.
Of course, the forthcoming (and as-yet-untitled) record will include the literate story songs longtime enthusiasts expect. Recall high watermarks: “Childish Things,” “Choctaw Bingo,” “Levelland,” “Out Here in the Middle,” “Peter Pan” only begin the list. Just Us Kids alone includes fan favorite live staples like “Hurricane Party,” “Ruby and Carlos” and “You’d a Thought.” His finest deliver equal measures depth and breadth and pierce hearts with sharp sociopolitical commentary (“Fireline Road”).
Cassettes for the Collectors
McMurtry Featured in The Library of Congress
In 2011, "We Can't Make It Here" was cited among 'The Nation's' "Best Protest Songs Ever." Bob Lefsetz writes, "'We Can't Make It Here' has stood the test of time because of it's unmitigated truth." CLICK HERE to download today.
McMurtry is fine-tuning the songs for his upcoming album (due in 2014). Hear them now at his regular Austin residencies (solo/acoustic at the Continental Gallery on Tuesdays; full band at the Continental Club on Wednesdays). CLICK HERE for all tour dates, and don't miss a show near you.
James McMurtry Mentioned in New York Times
Check out the mention of James McMurtry's epic "Choctaw Bingo" in the New York Times piece about Breaking Bones' Walter White and the neo drug culture of America:
"...perhaps the most panoramic view of meth-era America is James McMurtry’s “Choctaw Bingo,” an eight-and-a-half minute epic that the journalist Ron Rosenbaum once proposed as a new national anthem and that I prefer to think of as the Great American Novel set to music. On his concert album “Live in Aught-Three,” Mr. McMurtry describes it as “a song about the north Texas-southern Oklahoma crystal methamphetamine industry,” even though the drug is mentioned only once. In a series of verses built around a single chord, we are introduced to an extended clan that includes a long-haul trucker; a football coach and his wife, who are serious gun enthusiasts; and a pair of fun-loving sisters from a “hell-raising town way up in southeastern Kansas,” who are the narrator’s second cousins. All of them are en route to a family reunion at the home of one Uncle Slayton, who, among many other activities (fishing, gambling, being mean), “still makes whiskey ’cause he still knows how.”
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McMurtry is fine-tuning the songs for his upcoming album (due in 2014). You can get a sneak peek at his regular Austin residencies (solo/acoustic at the Continental Gallery on Tuesdays; full band at the Continental Club on Wednesdays). CLICK HERE for all tour dates, and don't miss a show near you.
James McMurtry Interviews Guy Clark
Grab your copy of the May/June edition of Lone Star Music Magazine (available later this month) to read the incredible Q&A James McMurtry conducted with friend and hero, Guy Clark (whose upcoming release, My Favorite Picture of You, will be in stores July 23rd). Now, for a limited time, receive a discounted rate for a YEAR's subscription of Lone Star Music Magazine (featuring the best of the best in Americana and Red Dirt music). CLICK HERE to subscribe now.
James McMurtry is gearing up to go into the studio soon to start recording his upcoming record (scheduled for release in 2014). Get a sneak-peek of his brand new material at a show near you!
James McMurtry Speaks Out On Gun Controversy
This fine reproduction on textured William Turner paper captures the light and essence of the original painting of James McMurtry by artist (and drummer) Daren Hess. Each 16 X 20 print is numbered, and autographed by both Hess and McMurtry. The very first in Hess' "From the Road" series,Hess painted the original work in the hotel rooms, greenrooms, and back rooms of McMurtry's 2012 tour of the Southeast (which included the Cayamo Cruise and performances in Mississippi, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, and Arkansas).
Remarkably, this painting marks the first time in almost 30 years that Daren Hess has put brush to canvas. Having performed in the McMurtry band for over 14 years, it's no surprise that Hess truly captures the poignant and ever expressive singer-songwriter.
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James McMurtry's Longform Video Clips from Where'd You Hide The Body?
Candyland NOW Available On iTunes
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