Posts Tagged ‘james mcmurtry’

Complicated Songs: James McMurtry’s “Complicated Games” Showcases a Master Storyteller.

Complicated Songs: James McMurtry’s “Complicated Games” Showcases a Master Storyteller.

By Jon Black (photo: Shane McCauley) The world James McMurtry paints through his songs is distinctive: a place of stark isolation, of desperate hope struggling against unbeatable odds and where tragedy and beauty make strange but eternal bedfellows. Little wonder his work has been praised by artists as diverse as John Mellencamp, Jason Isbell and […]

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival 2010 Lineup Announced!

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival 2010 Lineup Announced!

The Righteous Brothers got it right. “If there’s a rock ‘n’ roll heaven, well you know they got a hell of a band.” If there’s a festival in the Great Beyond, it would be just like Hardly Strictly Bluegrass: It’s in San Francisco. In Golden Gate Park. For three days. It’s FREE. The lineup is […]

James McMurtry Interview

James McMurtry Interview

“Rock & Roots or Roots & Roll, whatever you want to call it – we challenge you to find a description that fits other than good music you can count on when you thought maybe you just couldn’t count on music anymore!”  That quote from Lilly Ruby, the Webmaster of www.jamesmccmurtry.com is one of the […]

Drive-by Truckers w/ James McMurtry – Rev Room, Little Rock, AR – 10/24/09

Drive-by Truckers w/ James McMurtry – Rev Room, Little Rock, AR – 10/24/09

This was the first time in five years that Drive-by Truckers have rolled into town, and fans responded with a sold out crowd.  While they might have sold out anyway, having James McMurtry as an opening act couldn’t have hurt.  Not having too much time to dawdle, McMurtry ripped through his songs like a machine.  […]

James McMurtry “Just Us Kids” Lightning Rod

James McMurtry “Just Us Kids” Lightning Rod

by Jesse Hill “Just us kids hangin’ round today, watching our long hair turning gray,” James McMurtry announces on the title track to “Just Us Kids,” his ninth full-length album. It is a statement that carries throughout the ferocious, self-produced album full of patriotic, poetically penned portraits of the Americans in our gutters and blistering […]