Monday, January 17, 2011

Needful Things: James McMurtry Reissues

Two of singer-songwriter James McMurtry’s most popular albums will be reissued by Lightning Rod Records on February 1, 2011. They are 'Live in Aught-Three', originally released in aught-four and  2005’s Childish Things.  Novelist Stephen King, a longtime fan who has written about McMurtry several times in his Entertainment Weekly column (including the January 7, 2011 issue, where he hailed McMurtry as “the best songwriter in America”), described “We Can’t Make It Here” as the “best American protest song since [Bob Dylan’s] “Masters of War.”’ Childish Things and “We Can’t Make It Here” won the Americana Music Awards for album and song of the year, respectively.

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. In September 2006, McMurtry received more Americana Music Award nominations for 2008’s Just Us Kids.

James McMurtry
Out Here in the Middle

James McMurtry
We Can't Make It Here

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