2011 Archives

photo by Dan Winters

CLICK HERE for James McMurtry's recent Daytrotter session.

Road Perspectives
Throughout the course of his extensive nationwide tour this year, James McMurtry snapped pictures of the world around him. CLICK HERE for photos. (All photos by James McMurtry via iPhone).

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
CLICK HERE to download James McMurtry's special holiday message.

McMurtry performs at Austin's Armadillo Christmas Bazaar December 18th. CLICK HERE for more info.

The singer-songwriter is giving away mp3s of his iconic political masterpiece "We Can't Make It Here" (from his award-winning Childish Things).  

Fans are encouraged to use the free mp3 of "We Can't Make It Here" to create videos supporting the Occupy movement.

Click here to download the free mp3.  

For the FIRST TIME in SEVEN YEARS, CLICK HERE to download the ACOUSTIC mp3.

(Radio: CLICK HERE to download the FCC-Friendly Radio Edit)

Send your stories and videos to mcmurtrysite@gmail.com, or post to the James McMurtry Facebook Page.  The best of the best will be featured HERE.

Message from James:
We quit playing "We Can't Make It Here" for a year or two.  We're playing it again because it seems to still be relevant, and that pretty much sucks for everybody but us. I know the song is still relevant because people are camped out along Wall Street and in front of City Halls around the country and around the globe, demanding a solution to the problems I tried to give light to when I put my song out seven years ago. They are mixed in age and economic status. Some are young and idealistic. Some are old enough to have had their ideals trampled upon a time or two.  My son goes to school in the New York area and some of his friends have been involved in the protests. One was detained for nine hours without charge. This is not supposed to happen in our supposedly civilized nation. These people are getting roughed up, but the press only seems to notice when a victim of police brutality happens to be an Iraq war veteran. I'm guessing there are a good many vets in the crowd and the poor fellow in Oakland won't be the only one hurt. I suppose the cops think the protesters are breaking the law.  Seems to me, the Bill of Rights guarantees the right to peaceful assembly. Meanwhile, the one percent, safely ensconced in the tall glass towers, does not have to break the law, because they get to write the law. I thought it was supposed to be the other way around, in a democracy. I think maybe my fourth grade teacher lied to me.

Let your voice be heard.

CLICK HERE to read McMurtry's latest blog about the Occupy Movement.

McMurtry Heads North to Alaska
For the first time in almost 20 years, James McMurtry will tour Alaska in a rare and intimate solo setting.  Solo, McMurtry performs material from deep in his catalog, and debuts brand new songs - sometimes for the very first time.  You may hear material you may have never before heard live. 

Check out the dates below, and get your tickets early:
11/17  Homer, AK  Down East Saloon
11/18  Talkeetna, AK  Latitude 62
11/19  Anchorage, AK  Sydney Lawrence Theatre at Alaska Center for the Performing Arts
11/20  Palmer, AK Vagabond Blues

What Happened to The Border?
CLICK HERE to read James McMurtry's latest blog about his recent US border experience.

McMurtry Featured on New Release: Dark River: The Songs of the Civil War
In observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Blue Corn Music proudly presents the Dark River project, a unique anthology of public-domain songs from the Civil War era, impressively re-imagined by a diverse collection of A-list Austin singer/songwriters, including-to name a few - James McMurtry, Slaid Cleaves, Eliza Gilkyson, Jimmy LaFave and Jon Dee Graham. In stores September 13th, CLICK HERE to purchase your copy today.

James McMurtry's Longform Video Clips from Where'd You Hide The Body?
for James McMurtry's Grammy Nominated Longform Music Video for Where'd You Hide The Body?

James McMurtry Canadian Tour
James McMurtry will take to the Trans-Canada highway this month, performing across Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.  He returns stateside where he and his band will continue on their epic tour, teaming up later this fall with Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit for an incredible co-bill.  CLICK HERE for all tour dates, and don't miss a show near you.

James is giving away a FREE MP3 this month.  Join the McMailing list, and grab your free copy of his LIVE version of "We Can't Make it Here" (and be the first to receive info, updates, and special offers direct from James McMurtry.)

James McMurtry Pays Tribute to Guy Clark
James McMurtry recently recorded two stellar tracks ("Cold Dog Soup" and iTunes exclusive, "Out In The Parking Lot") for the forthcoming compilation, This One's For Him: A Tribute To Guy Clark (in stores November 1). The collection was lovingly produced by Grammy-winning producer Tamara Saviano (Beautiful Dreamer: The Songs of Stephen Foster) - who is also working with Clark on his definitive biography - and frequent Clark co-writer Shawn Camp ("Sis Draper," "Magnolia Wind"). The double cd will also include the recordings of Rodney Crowell, Lyle Lovett, Kris Kristofferson, Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, and more. CLICK HERE for info and updates.

James McMurtry is currently gearing up to record a new release of his own. Stay tuned for details!

In-Depth Interview with James McMurtry
CLICK HERE to read this incredible, in-depth feature on James McMurtry in Albany's Nippertown online magazine.

Memorial Day in America
Monday, May 30th is Memorial Day...and just in time for the weekend festivities, CLICK HERE for a video of James McMurtry's "Memorial Day " (off his album, Childish Things). Be sure to include "Memorial Day" on your holiday weekend mix.

James McMurtry on Texas Capitol Steps May 17th
Join James McMurtry Tuesday, May 17th at 2pm at the Texas Capitol steps and help thousands of Texas patients and families voice outrage and concern regarding proposed cuts to dialysis care funding. Your quick and immediate action can make a difference. The next few days are critical and we really need your leadership to help ensure cuts to Texas Medicaid benefits do not impact dialysis care. The currently proposed budget could negatively impact dialysis patients who rely on Medicaid coverage. It will be considered in conference over the next few days so we need you to act now! Take Action Now by sending an email to your State senators, representatives and members of the Budget Conference Committee asking them to protect dialysis patients' access to the care they need to live.

Childish Things and Live in Aught-Three Featured in INK 19
CLICK HERE to read the stellar reviews on McMurtry's Childish Things and Live in Aught-Three. Lightning Rod Records recently re-released these - CLICK HERE to purchase now.

Bayou Tortous Featured in Episode of BONES
In case you missed it, CLICK HERE to watch "The Finder" episode of the FOX series, BONES ("Bayou Tortous" kicks off the show). CLICK HERE to purchase Just Us Kids (featuring "Bayou Tortous").

"We Can't Make it Here" Cited in THE NATION'S "Best Protest Song Ever"
CLICK HERE to read more.

James McMurtry Featured at 5th Annual American River Music Festival
James McMurtry will be among the featured performers at the upcoming American River Music Festival, held September 16-18 in the Sierra Nevada Foothills of California. For a limited time, McMurtry fans will receive a ticket discount! Beginning May 17th, CLICK HERE for $10 off regular ticket price (enter the code: jamesmcmurtry).

Cayamo Cruise 2012
Seven days of music, adventure, relaxation, and amazing moments await you on board the 5th Annual Cayamo!  This vibrant journey through song, where songwriters and their most passionate listeners are brought together on vacation, sets sail February 5-12, 2012 on the Norwegian Pearl from Miami to Cayo Levantado, St. Maarten and St. Barts. Featured artists include Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, Shawn Mullins, John Prine, Loudon Wainwright III, and James McMurtry. CLICK HERE for details.

Tribeza Features James McMurtry: In His Own Words
CLICK HERE to read James McMurtry's latest narrative in Austin's Tribeza Magazine. CLICK HERE for Curtis McMurtry's unique take on his father, the Austin music scene and how each has shaped his life.

KDHX Features McMurtry
CLICK HERE to check out James McMurtry's recent instudio at St. Louis' KDHX.

KXT Features McMurtry
CLICK HERE to watch James McMurtry recent interview and performance on Dallas' KXT.

BBC Scotland Features McMurtry
James McMurtry's "We Can't Make it Here" (off his recently re-released Childish Things) was featured as the 'Song of the Week' on Iain Anderson Show on BBC Radio Scotland (which airs in over 150 countries). CLICK HERE to tune in.

James McMurtry Appears in New Film: Wanda The Wonderful
The new Carolyn Macartney film, Wanda the Wonderful, is a documentary/narrative hybrid feature film about a 1920’s era Wild-West sharpshooter who struggles to escape from the mistakes of her past. (She had four husbands, but only shot one of them…) James McMurtry proves to be a major force in this film, narrating, acting, and performing throughout. CLICK HERE for details, behind-the-scenes pictures, more information about this highly anticipated release.

James McMurtry albums reissued: 'Childish Things' & 'Aught-Three'
February 1, 2011, Childish Things and Live in Aught-Three, two of James McMurtry’s most popular albums, will be reissued by Lightning Rod Records. Live in Aught-Three has been remastered since its original 2004 release and will be available on vinyl for the first time. The deluxe double LP also includes a copy of the album on CD. McMurtry's 2011 touring plans comprise solo and full band sets, including a co-headlining run with the Bottle Rockets.

McMurtry's Tuesday Solo Residency in Austin
Plan your next trip to Austin, TX soon! Beginning January 18th, James McMurtry will perform each Tuesday in a rare solo/acoustic setting at the Continental Club Gallery (upstairs from the legendary Continental Club). Solo, James performs material from deep in his catalog that you may have never before heard live. Seating is limited, so be sure you get there early.

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