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Upcoming Shows:

All shows are FULL BAND (unless otherwise indicated)

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Tue Feb 2
Continental Club Gallery (Solo)
Austin, TX
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Wed Feb 3
Birchmere (Solo) - Curtis McMurtry Opens
Alexandria, VA
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Thur Feb 4
Rams Head (Solo) - Curtis McMurtry Opens
Annapolis, MD
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Fri Feb 5
Sellersville Theatre (Solo) - Curtis McMurtry Opens
Sellersville, PA
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Sat Feb 6
City Winery (Solo) - Curtis McMurtry Opens
New York, NY
TICKERTS
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Tue Feb 9
Continental Club Gallery (Solo)
Austin, TX
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Wed Feb 10
Continental Club
Austin, TX
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Sat Feb 13
Kessler Theatre (Solo)
Dallas, TX - Curtis McMurtry Opens
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Tue Feb 16
Continental Club Gallery (Solo)
Austin, TX
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Wed Feb 17
Continental Club
Austin, TX
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Thur Feb 18
Knuckleheads (Rebels and Renegades Showcase) (Solo)
Kansas City, MO
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Fri Feb 19
Strange Brew (Solo)
Austin, TX

Wed Feb 24
The Hangar (Solo)
Troy, NY
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Thur Feb 25
Infinity Hall Norfolk (Solo)
Norfolk, CT
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Fri Feb 26
Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center (Solo)
Stowe, VT
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Sat Feb 27
Criterion Theatre (Solo)
Bar Harbor, ME

Tue Mar 1
Continental Club Gallery (Solo)
Austin, TX
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Wed Mar 2
Continental Club
Austin, TX
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Fri Mar 11
McGonigel's Mucky Duck (Solo)
Houston, TX

Sat Mar 19
Threadgill's (Jenni Finlay Promotions and Conqueroo Day Party)
Austin, TX
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Tue Mar 22
Continental Club Gallery (Solo)
Austin, TX
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Wed Mar 23
Courvill'es (Solo)
Beaumont, TX
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Thur Mar 24
Manship Theatre (Solo)
Baton Rouge, LA
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Fri Mar 25
Sheldon Ballroom (Solo)
St. Louis, MO
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Sat Mar 26
Kentucky Country Day School Theatre (Solo)
Louisville, KY
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Sat Apr 2
Mod Club (Solo)
Toronto, ON

Wed Jun 8
Twangfest @ Off Broadway
St. Louis, MO

Sat Jun 18
Live Oak Music Festival
Santa Barbara, CA
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Sat Jul 9
Master Musicians Festival
Somerset, KY

Sat Jul 23
The Shed
Maryville, TN


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. Check out these links for more info:
http://www.bigbendconservationalliance.org/
http://www.bigbendconservationalliance.org/binational_agreement_petition
http://www.bigbendconservationalliance.org/trans-pecos_pipeline
http://www.bigbendconservationalliance.org/concerns
http://www.bigbendconservationalliance.org/timeline
http://www.texasmonthly.com/articles/a-pipeline-in-the-sand/

 





 



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.

 

 


 

"The simple fact is that James McMurtry may be the truest, fiercest songwriter of his generation." - Stephen King

 

JAMES McMURTRY RELEASES COMPLICATED GAME,
HIS FIRST STUDIO ALBUM IN SIX YEARS

"Back before Napster and Spotify, we toured to promote record sales.
Now we make records to promote tour dates."

AUSTIN, Texas: James McMurtry spins stories with a poet’s pen (“Long Island Sound”) and a painter’s precision (“She Loves Me”). Proof: The acclaimed songwriter’s new Complicated Game. McMurtry’s first collection in six years spotlights a craftsman in absolutely peak form as he turns from political toward personal (“These Things I’ve Come to Know,” “You Got to Me”). “The lyrical theme is mostly about relationships,” McMurtry says. “It’s also a little about the big old world verses the poor little farmer or fisherman. I never make a conscious decision about what to write about.”

Complicated Game delivers McMurtry’s trademark story songs time and again (“Copper Canteen,” “Deaver’s Crossing”), but the record brings a new (and certainly no less energetic) sonic approach. Simply put: McMurtry brings forth another new masterpiece.

“How’m I Gonna Find You Now,” the record’s lead single boasts buoyant banjos and driving drums endlessly energetic.

Whiplash vocals further frenzy the beat. “I've got a cup of black coffee so I don't get lazy/I've got a rattle in the dashboard driving me crazy,” McMurtry effectively raps. “If I hit it with my fist, it’ll quit for a little while/Gonna have to stop to smoke in another mile/Headed into town gonna meet you at the mercantile/Take you to the Sonic get you grinning like a crocodile.”

Such vibrant vignettes consistently turn heads. They have for a quarter century now. Clearly, he’s only improving with time. “James McMurtry is one of my very few favorite songwriters on Earth and these days he's working at the top of his game,” says Americana all-star Jason Isbell. “He has that rare gift of being able to make a listener laugh out loud at one line and choke up at the next. I don’t think anybody writes better lyrics.” “James writes like he's lived a lifetime,” echoes iconic roots rocker John Mellencamp. Yes. Spin “South Dakota.” You’ll hear.

Further 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 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 the rapidly rising organization's Song of the Year.

Of course, Complicated Game doubles down on literate storytelling longtime enthusiasts expect. Recall high watermarks past: “Childish Things,” “Choctaw Bingo,” “Peter Pan,” “Levelland,” and “Out Here in the Middle” only begin the list. (Yes, Robert Earl Keen covered those last two, “Levelland” remaining a live staple.) Just Us Kids alone includes fan favorites “Hurricane Party,” “Ruby and Carlos” and “You’d a Thought.” High watermarks deliver equal measures depth and breadth and pierce hearts with sharp sociopolitical commentary (“Fireline Road”).

More history: McMurtry critically lauded first album Too Long in the Wasteland (1989) was produced by John Mellencamp and marked the beginning of a series of acclaimed projects for Columbia and Sugar Hill Records. In 1996, McMurtry received a Grammy nomination for Long Form Music Video for Where'd You Hide the Body. Additionally, It Had to Happen (1997) received the American Indie Award for Best Americana Album.

In 2004, McMurtry released the universally lauded Live in Aught-Three on Compadre Records. The following year, Childish Things notched arguably his most critical praise, spending six weeks at No. 1 on the 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. McMurtry received more Americana Music Award nominations for 2008’s Just Us Kids. This album marked his highest Billboard 200 chart position in more than nearly two decades.

In 2009, Live in Europe was released, capturing the McMurtry band’s first European tour and extraordinary live set. Along with seasoned band members Ronnie Johnson, Daren Hess, and Tim Holt, the disc features special guests Ian McLagan (Faces, Small Faces) and Jon Dee Graham (True Believers, Skunks). Also, for the first time ever, video of the James McMurtry Band’s live performance is available on the included DVD.

The poignant lyrics of his immense catalog still ring true today. In 2011, “We Can’t Make It Here” was cited among The Nation’s “Best Protest Songs Ever.” “‘We Can’t Make It Here,’” Bob Lefsetz wrote, “has stood the test of time because of its unmitigated truth.”

McMurtry tours year round and consistently throws down unparalleled powerhouse performances. The Washington Post notes: “Much attention is paid to James McMurtry’s lyrics and rightfully so: He creates a novel’s worth of emotion and experience in four minutes of blisteringly stark couplets. What gets overlooked, however, is that he’s an accomplished rock guitar player ... serious stuff, imparted by a singularly serious band.”

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Publicity: Cary Baker, Conqueroo, cary@conqueroo.com, (323) 656-1600

Management and radio: Jenni Finlay, jenni@jennifinlay.com, (512) 787-8968

 

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