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 Early 2015
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”).
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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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