2008 Archives

Photo courtesy Machelle Dunlop 2007
Photo courtesy Machelle Dunlop 2007

James McMurtry to kick off first European tour in January
James McMurtry and The Heartless Bastards will kick off their first-ever European tour in January.  The band will tour Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, The Netherlands and the UK before returning home in February.  Watch for additional tour dates, venues and more details in the Concerts column.

1-16   Nürnberg, K4
1-17   Lauchhammer, Real Music Club
1-18   Berlin, Cafe Zapata
1-20   Hamburg, Knust
1-21   Leipzig, Nato
1-22   Heilbronn, Red River Saloon
1-23   Eppstein, Wunderbar Weite Welt
1-24   Geislingen/Steige, Rätsche
1-25   CH-Zürich, El Lokal
1-27   NL-Amsterdam, Paradiso
1-28   NL-Den Haag, Paard van Troje
1-29   NL-Den Bosch, W2
1-30   B-Diksmuide, Club 4AD
1-31   UK-Bristol, Polish Club
2-1     UK-Glasgow, Oran Mor (Celtic Connections Festival)
2-2     UK-Belfast, Errigle Inn
2-3     IR-Dublin, Whelan's
2-4     UK-Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
2-5     UK-Newcastle, The Cluny
2-6     UK-Nottingham, The Maze
2-7     UK-London, Luminaire
2-8     UK-London, Luminaire

 

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James McMurtry Video Contest Winner Announced

Congratulations to Michael Myles for winning the James McMurtry Video Contest.

Fans were encouraged to use the free "Cheney's Toy" mp3 to create their own videos and post them online. 

Mr. Myles received an 8 gig iPod Nano for his winning video (which can be seen on YouTube).


Congratulations to the winners of the Americana Music Association Awards...

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Alison Krauss & Robert Plant

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Levon Helm

INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR

Sam Bush

NEW EMERGING ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Mike Farris

SONG OF THE YEAR

 “She Left Me for Jesus”

Hayes Carll

DUO/GROUP OF THE YEAR

Alison Krauss & Robert Plant

PRESIDENT'S AWARD

Jerry Garcia

FREE SPEECH IN MUSIC AWARD

Joan Baez

TRAILBLAZER AWARD

Nancy Griffith

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS:

EXECUTIVE

Terry Lickona

INSTRUMENTALIST

Larry Brown

PERFORMANCE

Jason and the Scorchers

PRODUCER/ENGINEER

Tony Brown

SONGWRITING

John Hiatt

 

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR THE 7th ANNUAL AMERICANA HONORS & AWARDS SHOW

Show Slated for Thursday, September 18 at Legendary Ryman Auditorium

NASHVILLE, June 11, 2008 – Today, the Americana Music Association announced the nominees for the organization’s 2008 Honors and Awards ceremony, slated for September 18 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Esteemed roots music innovators Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn read the list of awards candidates to a crowd of industry executives, artists and tastemakers gathered in BMI’s Music Row lobby. Selected by members of the Americana Music Association, the 2008 nominees reflect the genre’s penchant for harboring exciting roots artists capable of career longevity and enthralling reinvention. The nominees’ eligibility is based on work released between June 1, 2007 and May 31, 2008.

The 2008 Americana Music Association Honors and Awards Nominees include:

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Alison Krauss & Robert Plant

Raising Sand

Hayes Carll

Trouble in Mind

James McMurtry

Just Us Kids

Levon Helm

Dirt Farmer

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Steve Earle

Levon Helm

Jim Lauderdale

James McMurtry

INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR

Buddy Miller

Chris Thile

Gurf Morlix

Sam Bush

NEW EMERGING ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Justin Townes Earle

Mike Farris

Ryan Bingham

The Steeldrivers

SONG OF THE YEAR

“Broken”

Tift Merritt

“Cheney’s Toy”

James McMurtry

“Gone Gone Gone”

Alison Krauss & Robert Plant

“Poor Old Dirt Farmer”

Levon Helm

“She Left Me for Jesus”

Hayes Carll

DUO/GROUP OF THE YEAR

Alison Krauss & Robert Plant

Drive By Truckers

Kane Welch Kaplin

The Avett Brothers

 

The two-hour Americana Music Association Honors and Awards event will be broadcast live on XM Satellite Radio, and rebroadcast on Sirius Satellite Radio and BBC2 Radio.

 

 

JAMES MCMURTRY'S NEW ALBUM, JUST US KIDS, DEBUTS ON FOUR BILLBOARD MAGAZINE CHARTS

James McMurtry's Just Us Kids (Lightning Rod/Thirty Tigers, released April 15) posted an impressive first week of sales, reflected in the album's debut on four separate Billboard charts in next week's issue:

               Heatseekers Chart #2
               Tastemaker Chart #6
               Indie Label Chart #18
       Top 200 album sales chart #136

First week sales of the new album nearly doubled those of the first week of McMurtry's last album, Childish Things.

James McMurtry and his band will embark on an international tour to support his new album, Just Us Kids. "We tour so we can make albums. We make albums so we can tour," said McMurtry.



Check out this early praise for JUST US KIDS:

"FOUR STARS" -- BLENDER

"FOUR STARS"  -- AUSTIN CHRONICLE

"THREE out of FOUR STARS" -- USA TODAY 

"...reveals McMurtry's sensitive brilliance as a chronicler of quiet desperation."

-- PASTE MAGAZINE

"McMurtry might be the best topical

writer performing right now and this

finds him at his finest."
-- Patterson Hood / DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS


"The title track may lament the fact

that even arrested adolescents grow old,

but, if anything, James McMurtry

sounds more energized than ever."

-- TEXAS MONTHLY


"(James McMurtry's) new one Just Us Kids,

is gonna blow your socks all the way

off and back onto the

sheep what made 'em"

--  HARPMAGAZINE.COM

"As bracing as they are prophetic,

James McMurtry's songs shine a light on injustice and oppression, forcing

his listeners to take sides."

-- WASHINGTON POST

#1 ALBUM ON THE R&R/AMERICANA

RADIO CHART 

5 Weeks Running

Here are some early features:

Austin American-Statesman

Popmatters

AmericanaRoots.com

Huffington Post

(self-penned blog entry)

Harp Magazine

Wired Magazine

(blog entry)

Variety.com

(video interview)

 

James McMurtry's upcoming CD to be reviewed in the April issue of Elmore Magazine

Watch your mailbox for the April issue of Elmore Magazine and Jim Hynes's rave review of James McMurtry's soon to be released CD, "Just Us Kids"

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In preparation for new album Just Us Kids…

New Music Posted Every Tuesday!!!!!

 

Each Tuesday until April 15th, new tracks from James McMurtry's upcoming release "Just Us Kids" will be posted on his Myspace page.   In addition to the free download of "Cheney's Toy" we will be posting streaming versions of songs from the new recording each Tuesday leading up to the April 15th release date.  Our first new song up is the title track "Just Us Kids."  Please let us know what you think be sure to check out the latest Tuesday Track as well as updates on touring!

 

JAMES McMURTRY OFFERS FREE mp3 OF NEW POLITICAL SONG AND ANNOUNCES MAKE-YOUR-OWN-VIDEO CONTEST

“Cheney’s Toy” available in time for Super Tuesday as free mp3 download via eMusic exclusive on Monday February 4

AUSTIN, Texas – Singer/songwriter James McMurtry is once again making a political statement through his music. On his new song “Cheney’s Toy”, McMurtry picks up where he left off with his controversial anthem “We Can’t Make it Here.” “Cheney’s Toy” reminds us that the war in Iraq is still going on — with veiled references to Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib and the stark image of a soldier who returned from the conflict, blind and brain damaged. More...

Click here to download the "Cheney's Toy" lyrics:

"Cheney's Toy" lyrics in .pdf format

Lightning Rod Records mp3 link: http://lightningrodrecords.com/justuskids.html


LIGHTNING ROD RECORDS TO RELEASE NEW JAMES McMURTRY ALBUM, IN STORES ON TAX DAY 2008

Singer/songwriter makes a strong political statement on Just Us Kids . . . Joining McMurtry are C.C. Adcock, Jon Dee Graham, Ian McLagan and Timbuk3’s Pat mAcdonald

AUSTIN, Texas — Lightning Rod Records will release singer/songwriter James McMurtry’s new CD, titled Just Us Kids, on April 15, 2008. McMurtry’s ninth album, which features 12 new songs, is a follow-up to 2005’s critically acclaimed and award-winning project, Childish Things.
 
McMurtry has long been known as fine storyteller, but he has lately received nationwide attention for his role as a musical activist. On Just Us Kids, McMurtry picks up where he left off with his controversial anthem “We Can’t Make It Here.” On "Cheney's Toy," McMurtry once again reminds us that the war in Iraq is still going on, with veiled references to Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib and the stark image of a soldier who returned from the conflict, blind and brain damaged. The lyrics of “God Bless America” call out the corporate profiteering and cronyism of the heads of state who led the country to war. McMurtry’s songs introduce the listener to characters that exist on the fringes of society. Drug addicts, murderers, crooked politicians, and other unsavory folks all play a part on Just Us Kids.
 
The self-produced album shows that McMurtry has developed a skill as producer that matches his songcraft. The songs on Just Us Kids vary widely in texture and instrumentation. The Faces’ Ian McLagan’s piano playing is all over the album while Timbuk3’s pat mAcdonald’s harmonica peppers several tracks. Austin singer/songwriter John Dee Graham contributes a wailing guitar solo to “Fireline Road.” Grammy-nominated Louisiana rocker, C.C. Adcock, adds a swampy guitar part to the album opener, “Bayou Tortous.” The rhythm section is McMurtry’s longtime road band, Daren Hess and Ronnie Johnson.
 
Just Us Kids will be the first release for Nashville-based Lightning Rod Records, distributed by Thirty Tigers/RED. Label president Logan Rogers previously worked as director of A&R for Compadre Records on the release of McMurtry’s last two albums. “Working with James McMurtry has been a career highlight for me. He is a phenomenal artist with tremendous integrity, and I can think of no better debut release for Lightning Rod Records,” said Rogers.
 
Author Stephen King described Ft. Worth native McMurtry as “the truest, fiercest songwriter of his generation” in Entertainment Weekly. The son of acclaimed author Larry McMurtry (Lonesome Dove, Terms of Endearment), James grew up on a steady diet of Johnny Cash and Roy Acuff records. His first album, released in 1989, was produced by John Mellencamp and marked the beginning of a series of acclaimed projects for Columbia and Sugar Hill. In 2003, McMurtry released the universally lauded Live in Aught-Three (Compadre Records). 2005’s Childish Things garnered some of the highest critical praise of McMurtry’s career and spent six weeks at number one on R&R’s Americana Music Radio Chart in 2005 and 2006. In September 2006, Childish Things and "We Can't Make It Here" won the Americana Music Awards for album and song of the year, respectively.
 
In 2007, McMurtry performed on PBS’ long running music program, “Austin City Limits,” for the second time in his career. This year, McMurtry and his band will launch a national tour in support of Just Us Kids.

TRACK LIST

1. Bayou Tortous
2. Just Us Kids
3. God Bless America(pat mAcdonald must die)
4. Cheney's Toy
5. Freeway View
6. Hurricane Party
7. Ruby and Carlos
8. Brief Intermission
9. Fire Line Road
10. The Governor
11. Ruins of the Realm
12. You'd a'Thought(Leonard Cohen must die)

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