James McMurtry is a Texas, born in Fort Worth, singer/songwriter who just happens to be the son of acclaimed novelist Larry McMurtry. James is backed by his long time rhythm section “The Heartless Bastards”. Through a serious of fortuitous events, James released his debut album “Too Long in the Wasteland” in 1989. What might the fortuitous events have been, you ask? Well, here they are:
- John Mellencamp staring in a film based on a script by Larry McMurtry.
- James was conveniently able to give Mellencamp a demo tape
- Mellencamp served as co-producer on McMurtry’s debut album.
- McMurtry appeared on the soundtrack of the film “Falling from Grace” as part of the group “Buzzin Cousins” which included John Mellencamp, John Prine, and Dwight Yoakam. The song, “Sweet Suzanne” is a long time favorite of mine.
McMurty’s music has always been fairly well received critically and with the release of his 2005 album “Childish Things” he won song of the year (We Can’t Make It Here) and album of the year at the Americana Awards in Nashville Tennessee. He has gained a loyal fan base through his touring and accessibility. He currently resides in Austin, Texas and when home, he has a standing midnight set at the Continental Club each Wednesday.
Not one to shy away from politics, he upped his game on his albums “Childish Things” and “Just Us Kids” with the direct and scathing attack of then President George W. Bush in the songs “We Can’t Make it Here” and “Cheney’s Toy” respectively.
James McMurty Discography
- Too Long in the Wasteland
- Where’d You Hide the Body
- It Had to Happen
- Walk Between the Raindrops
- Saint Mary of the Woods
- Live in Aught-Three
- Childish Things
- Best of the Sugar Hill Years
- Just Us Kids
- Live In Europe
Top Five James McMurtry Songs
- We Can’t Make It Here (Childish Things)
- Levelland (Where’d You Hide the Body)
- Cheney’s Toy (Just Us Kids)
- Where’d You Hide the Body (Where’d You Hide the Body)
- Sweet Suzanne (Falling From Grace Soundtrack)
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James McMurtry’s music is available at iTunes, record stores, and www.jamesmcmurtry.com
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