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Masterful, stunning, albeit uneven

Surprised there are no reviews yet. Where are the other Americana reviewers? Although this work is somewhat uneven -- half of the twelve cuts I'd rate as only "pretty good" -- there are six masterpieces of the songwriting craft here. For progressive American pessimists/realists, "We Can't Make It Here" has to be the song of the decade. Frightening. Scathing. True. And if I were still teaching high school English, "Charlemagne's Home Town" would stand as one of the best pure poems in recent songwriting. A mastery of narrative and imagery worthy of his novelist dad, Larry. Yeah, you could save four bucks by just buying cuts 1-4, 7 and 10, but even the "honorable mentions" here are at least on par with the best work of most average Americana alt-country songwriters.

cant make it here

Great Rockabilly song with a lot of heart and thought. It can still be applied to life today, just change the min. wage!

Why haven't I heard of this guy?

He's great. Kind of John Hiatt with an edge, or Guy Clark with a different attitude.


Born: March 18, 1962 in Fort Worth, TX

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Texas singer/songwriter James McMurtry, known for his hard-edged character sketches, comes from a literary family; his father, novelist and screenwriter Larry McMurtry, gave James his first guitar at age seven, and his mother, an English professor, taught him how to play it. McMurtry began performing his own songs while a student at the University of Arizona and continued to do so after returning home and taking a job as a bartender. When it transpired that a film script McMurtry's father had written...
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