The Power of the Front Man
​​Whatever the front man says or does gives license to those in the crowd. A certain band used to play at the Continental Club in Austin, where my band and I regularly play when we’re home. When they played, a woman danced naked, or very nearly naked, behind a screen on which a light threw her shadow to the full view of the audience. Some of the staff that worked those shows are still working at the club. They tell me that during those shows some of the men in the audience became unusually and uncomfortably aggressive toward the women in the audience. I thought that was terrible.
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James McMurtry



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

- Stephen King

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.​​



AUSTIN, Texas — The New York Times Magazine’s cover story “25 Songs That Tell Us Where Music Is Going” (Sunday, March 12) prominently features a four-page spread focusing on James McMurtry’s “Copper Canteen,” from his 2015 release Complicated Game. The author points directly to the song’s frequently quoted opening line as a representative passage in McMurtry's work: “Honey, don’t you be yelling at me while I’m cleaning my gun.” “Though that line about the gun got a big laugh when McMurtry played it in Dallas,” Ruth Graham writes, “I still don’t know whether to hear it as a joke or a threat, and McMurtry has never been one to offer the easy comfort of a straight answer.” CLICK HERE for more.

11 Dec

14 Dec
McGonigel's Mucky Duck (Solo)

Houston, TX

1 JaN
Continental Club
​Austin, TX

3  Jan
Egypian Theatre
Park City, UT

4 Jan
Egypian Theatre
Park City, UT​

5 Jan
Egypian Theatre
​Park City Ut

17 Jan
Manship Theatre
Baton Rouge, LA

18 Jan
30 A Songwriters Festival
Santa ROsa Beach, FL

19 Jan
30 A Songwriters Festival
Santa Rosa Beach, FL

21 Jan
The Creek Stage
Macon, GA

22 Jan
​The Foundry
​Athens, GA

23 Jan
Proud Larry's 
Oxford, MS

24 Jan
Duling Hall
​Jackson, MS​

25 Jan
The Thirsty HIppo
​Hattiesburg, MS

31 Jan 
Sam's Burger Joint
San Antonio, TX

07 Feb
Magnolia Motor Lounge
​Fort Worth, TX

08 Feb
Continental Club: Houston
Houston, TX

21 Feb
Old Town School of Folk Music: Maurer Hall (Solo)
​Chicago, IL

22 Feb
Dakota (Solo)
Minneapolis, MN​

​18 Mar
​Majestic (Solo)
Fort Smith, AR

19 Mar
Lafayette's (SOLO)
Memphis, TN

20 Mar
WorkPlay (Solo)
Birmingham, AL

21 Mar
Red Clay Theatre (Solo)
Duluth, GA

22 Mar 
The Purple onion (solo)

Saluda, NC

24 Mar

The ArtsCenter (Solo)
Carborro, NC

25 Mar
Harvester Performance Centre (Solo)
Rocky Mount, VA

26 Mar
The Hixon Theatre (Solo)
Norfolk, VA

27 Mar
​Avalon Theatre (solo)
Easton, MD

28 Mar
The Birchmere (solo)
Alexandria, VA

29 Mar
Club Cafe (Solo)
Pittsburgh, PA

31 Mar
Music Box Supper Club (Solo)
Cleveland, OH

1 Apr
20th Century Theatre (Solo)
Cincinnati, OH

2 Apr
City Winery (Solo)
​Nashville, TN

3 Apr
White Water Tavern (Solo)
​Little ROck, AR

4 Apr
Blue Door (solo)
Oklahoma City, OK