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.

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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IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM JAMES McMURTRY: Some one has a permit to run a gas pipeline from the Permian basin fracking field through the Big Bend Country to the Rio Grande where it will hook up with a Mexican pipeline for transport to the interior, or perhaps the Pacific where tankers can float it to one of our prospective Pacific trade partners. They say they won't take ranch land by eminent domain except as a last resort. Translation, "We'll get your land one way or another, so you better sell." Eminent Domain is supposed to only be invoked for projects which serve the common good. Some of us don't think this project is intended to serve the common good.

Word has it there are now Eminent Domain suits filed against fifty ranchers in the Big Bend region for the purpose of acquiring pipeline right of way.

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"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 — Singer-songwriter enthusiasts rejoice: James McMurtry will open for Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit on an extensive tour together in early 2018. The highly lauded tunesmiths will launch the run at the Criterion in Oklahoma City on January 4 and serpentine for weeks throughout the South, Midwest and East Coast before concluding at the Charleston Municipal Auditorium in Charleston, West Virginia on February 17. Major markets on this exciting tour include the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh and Kings Theatre in Brooklyn.  CLICK HERE for more


Wed Jan 31
The palace theatre albany (W JASON ISBELL)
Albany, NY

Fri Feb 2
Veterans memorial auditorium (W JASON ISBELL)

providence, ri

Sat Feb 3
Kings Theatre (W JASON ISBELL)
Brooklyn, NY

Mon Feb 5
Count Basie Theatre (W JASON ISBELL)
Red Bank, NJ

Tue Feb 6
The Modell Lyric (W JASON ISBELL)
Baltimore, MD

Thur Feb 8
Fox Theatre (W JASON ISBELL)
Atlanta, GA

Fri Feb 9
Fox Theatre (W JASON ISBELL)
Atlanta, GA

Sat Feb 10
Durham, NC

Sun Feb 11
Durham, NC

Tue Feb 13
State Theatre of Ithaca (W JASON ISBELL)
Ithaca, NY

Wed Feb 14
The Santander Performing Arts Center (W JASON ISBELL)
Reading, PA

Fri Feb 16
Altria Theatre Richmond (W JASON ISBELL)
Richmond, VA

Sat Feb 17
Charleston Municipal Auditorium (W JASON ISBELL)
charleston, WV

Fri Mar 2
Continental Club
​Houston, TX

​Sat Mar 3
Sam's Burger Joint
​San Antonio, TX

​Fri Mar 23
​Kent Stage (w John Moreland)
Kent, OH

Sat Mar 24
Skully's Music Diner (W John Moreland)
Columbus, OH

Sun Mar 25
Mountain Stage at the Culture Center Theatre (W John MOreland)
Charleston, VA

Mon Mar 26
Birchmere (w john Moreland)
Alexandria, VA

Wed Mar 28
Harvester Performance Center (W John Moreland)
​Rocky MOunt, VA

​ Fri Mar 30
The Pour House
​Charleston, SC

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James McMurtry