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James McMurtry looks and sounds like a guy who prefers his songs laced with a strong dose of reality. 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, Too Long in the Wasteland (1989), was produced by John Mellencamp and marked the beginning of a series of acclaimed projects. In 1996, McMurtry received a Grammy nomination for his Music Video of Where’d You Hide The Body. 1997's It Had To Happen received the American Indie Award for Best Americana Album. Known perhaps best for his hard-rocking driving-beat social protest songs, James McMurtry has prodigious talents that exist far beyond the one-trick-pony stance of the angry troubadour. It’s hard to articulate what’s unique about his songs, but you know them the instant you hear them, not unlike a broad chain of deep-voiced male Southern white independent songwriting folk-country rockers with great guitar licks, great voices, great minds: Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Steve Earle, Joe Ely, Robert Earl Keen. Gruff and gravelly in tone, energetic guitar, gold-standard lyrics—there isn’t any fluff anywhere. James McMurtry is constantly on tour and he consistently puts on a “must-see” powerhouse performance. Over the years his many skills steadily have coalesced into an increasingly substantial, formidable whole: the voice, the tunes, the stories and the musicianship have become elementally interwoven to create the inimitable fabric of a distinct, singular artist who’s determined to get to the heart of the matter, shake things up and do whatever it takes to make a difference. jamesmcmurtry.com
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