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LIVE Album/DVD Set For October 13 Release

  On October 13, 2009,  Lightning Rod Records will release Live in Europe, a document of McMurtry’s first European tour, on which he was joined by keyboardist Ian McLagan and fellow Texas songwriting legend Jon Dee Graham. The set will be available as a CD with a bonus DVD, or as a deluxe vinyl LP package with a CD and DVD insert.

In early 2009, James McMurtry and his trio traveled overseas to play their first European tour. The guys played for enthusiastic crowds in Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, The Netherlands, Scotland and Belgium. Joining the band on keyboards for the tour was the legendary Ian McLagan (who also played on McMurtry’s latest studio album, Just Us Kids).

The best recordings from the Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Geislingen, Germany concerts were combined to create Live in Europe. The album includes a bonus DVD featuring performances from the Amsterdam show. This marks the first time fans will be able to purchase video footage of McMurtry live in concert. The deluxe vinyl version includes inserted copies of the CD and DVD. Fellow Austin-based songwriter Jon Dee Graham opened the shows and joins the band on a version of his tune “Laredo” on the bonus DVD.

McMurtry is a favorite around the world whose songs have appeared on the iPods of Stephen King, Matthew McConaughey, George W. Bush, and most recently, Jewel.

Click here to read the entire press release, including track lists.

Courtesy Cary Baker / conqueroo


We Can't Make it Here Anymore
When George W. Bush left office, his hometown of Crawford, Texas welcomed him home with a great affair. The band hired to perform at the Welcome Home Bash included Josh Garner (former drummer of rock band The Dedringers, who shared the stage with James McMurtry, Hayes Carll, Ryan Bingham and others on numerous occasions)  Bush's Secret Service screened everyone involved with the big event. As they ran the routine background check on Garner, a flag went up. They specifically asked him, "What is your affiliation with James McMurtry?"McMurtry's recent political activism had definitely been noticed by the Powers That Were. His two songs "We Can't Make it Here" and "Cheney's Toy" were not particularly flattering to the ex-president. In response, McMurtry said, "They never pull me out of the airport line. I guess they must be meticulous if I'm on the radar."

This fall, McMurtry will tour the U.S. and Europe in support of his upcoming release, Live in Europe on Lightning Rod Records, in stores October 13th. Former Dedringer frontman Jonny Burke will open the U.S. dates


Check Out the Recent Interview with James on Wyoming Public Radio
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McMurtry Featured on
Gaffney Tribute

James McMurtry is featured on "Man of Somebody's Dreams: A Tribute to Chris Gaffney" (in stores now). A founding member of the Hacienda Brothers, Gaffney passed away in 2008 after a courageous battle with liver cancer. McMurtry recorded Gaffney's "Fight (Tonight's the Night). Other artists on this amazing tribute include Los Lobos, Alejandro Escovedo, John Doe, Joe Ely, and of course, Dave Alvin. CLICK HERE for more info.   Click to LISTEN and DOWNLOAD songs from  Man of Somebody's Dreams: A Tribute to Chris Gaffney.


James McMurtry and The Heartless Bastards have announced their second European tour.  Watch this space for more info and possibly more dates.  Here are the dates that have already been confirmed.

 10/3     Groningen, NL, Take Root Festival

 10/4     Antwerp, Belgium, Arenberg Schouwburg

 10/5     London, UK, The Borderline UPDATED

 10/6     Nottingham, UK, Rescue Rooms

 10/7     Bristol, UK, Fiddlers

 10/8     Buckingham, UK, Old Town Hall  UPDATED

 10/ 9    Manchester, UK, Club Academy  NEW!

 10/10   York, UK, Duchess of York

 10/11   Newcastle, UK, The Cluny

 10/12   Edinburgh, Scotland, Bongo Club  NEW!

 10/13   Belfast, Northern Ireland, Errigle Inn 

 10/14   Kilkenny, Ireland, Langtons Theatre  NEW!

 10/15   Dublin, Ireland, Whelan's

Click here to go to Steel Bridge Songfest site



I'm sorry to say that the archived podcast of James McMurtry and The Heartless Bastards' live concert at the Paradiso in Amsterdam is no longer available.  Sadly, fabchannel.com has shut down operations permanently.  For more information, click here.

However, the concert MAY be released on DVD in the near future, and parts of the performance are to be included in the new live album, to be released in Fall 2009.  Watch this site for more info.

James McMurtry was nominated for BEST ALBUM (Just Us Kids), and BEST SONGWRITER for the Lone Star Music Awards,  which were held Sunday, March 29th. Congratulations to the winners! 




Jon Dee Graham and Ian McLagan set to join McMurtry on inaugural trip

In 2009, James McMurtry and his band will tour Europe for the first time. McMurtry is touring in support of his new album, Just Us Kids, which has received "Best of the Year" accolades from publications such as The Washington Post, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, and Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 

Legendary musician, Ian McLagan (Faces), will join McMurtry's band on keyboards for the tour. Austin singer/songwriter, Jon Dee Graham, will open most of the dates. Both McLagan and Graham appear on Just Us Kids.


1/16 Nuremburg, DE K4

1/17 Lauchhammer, DE Real Music Club

1/18 Berlin, DE Cafe Zapata

1/20 Hamburg, DE Knust

1/21 Leipzig, DE Nato

1/22 Heilbronn, DE Red River Saloon

1/23 Eppstein, DE Wunderbar Weite Welt

1/24 Geislingen/Steige, DE Rätsche

1/25 Zürich, CH El Lokal

1/27 Amsterdam, NL Paradiso

1/28 Den Haag, NL Paard van Troje

1/29 Den Bosch, NL W2

1/30 Diksmuide, BE Club 4AD

1/31 Bristol, UK Polish Club

2/01 Glasgow, UK Oran Mor (Celtic Connections Festival) *

2/02 Belfast, IE Errigle Inn

2/03 Dublin, IE Whelan's

2/04 Leeds, UK Brudenell Social Club

2/05 Newcastle, UK The Cluny

2/06 Nottingham, UK The Maze

2/07 London, UK Luminaire

2/08 London, UK Luminaire 

*Jon Dee Graham opening all dates on tour except Celtic Connections Festival

Live Version of

"We Can't Make It Here" Available for Download
Just before the 2004 Presidential Election, James McMurtry gave away a free download of his state of the union anthem, "We Can't Make It Here." The song struck a chord with the public and went on to win Song of the Year at the Americana Music Honors and Awards. Author Stephen King described it as the "best American protest song since 'Masters of War'" in his Entertainment Weekly column. On the brink of the 2008 election, McMurtry is giving away a previously unreleased live version of "We Can't Make It Here" from his 2008 concert at Southpaw in Brooklyn, NY.

Click on the link below to access the free MP3 (Radio-Friendly Edit also available):

"We Can't Make It Here" (LIVE VERSION)

James McMurtry appears on The DOT Show

David Holmes and Michael Wilson host a democratic podcast straight from Austin, Texas, and James McMurtry appears on the latest episode.  Listen to The DOT Show.

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