James McMurtry

James McMurtry at PAC3 2.20.13 (1 of 4)

If you research James McMurtry you’ll find dozens of famous writers of music and word quoted as giving credit to to James as being the greatest lyricist of our generation.  His songs are fearless and he covers topics that others dare not explore.  Last nights performance at PAC3, in Carbondale CO was filled with fans singing every word and I could just see them driving down the road singing along with James with emotional voices, because his lyrics speak to their heart. His acoustic performance was well received because it was about the words, but I’m looking forward to hearing him again sometime soon because fans were telling me his band can jam.  Thanks James for an enjoyable evening and we’ll be seeing you again soon I hope.

James McMurtry at PAC3 2.20.13 (3 of 4)

When editing James McMurtry’s photos I kept taking out the color because his singing and song writing aren’t about his look, but are about his message. ‘The Washington Post’ noted McMurtry’s live prowess: “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. At a sold-out Birchmere, the Austin-based artist was joined by drummer Daren Hess and bassist Ronnie Johnson in a set that demonstrated the raw power of wince-inducing imagery propelled by electric guitar. It was serious stuff, imparted by a singularly serious band.”

James McMurtry at PAC3 2.20.13 (2 of 4)

The son of acclaimed author Larry McMurtry (Lonesome Dove, Terms of Endearment), James grew up on a steady diet of Johnny Cash and Roy Acuff records. His first album,Too Long in the Wasteland (released in 1989), was produced by John Mellencamp and marked the beginning of a series of acclaimed projects for Columbia and Sugar Hill. In 1996, McMurtry received a Grammy nomination for his Longform Music Video of Where’d You Hide The Body. 1997′s It Had To Happen received the American Indie Award for Best Americana Album.

James McMurtry at PAC3 2.20.13 (4 of 4)

If you’d like to learn more about James McMurtry and where to see him on tour visit his website http://www.jamesmcmurtry.com

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