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Live in Europe (Audio Version)

James McMurtry

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James McMurtry is known as an elite singer-songwriter, as poised with the pen as his father, novelist Larry McMurtry. His vocal range is limited, but used for maximum effect, shading characters with anger or empathy. Over the years, however, McMurtry’s also become a crisp live performer. He may not be much for small talk, but he’s assembled a flawless backing band with ex-Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan influencing the outcome. Tunes such as “Bayou Torture” and “Just Us Kids” come rocking out with a Stones-Faces groove that center on the snarl of the electric guitars and a rhythm section that take McMurtry out of the library and onto the dance floor. The firm guitar-organ chords push the downward spiral of “Hurricane Party” to the max as the water rises and fate takes its course. The country sway of “You’d a’ Thought (Leonard Cohen Must Die)” delivers McMurtry’s patented dry fatalism where wisdom is imparted but rarely employed with a fierce electric guitar leading the fray and McLagan’s organ keeping watch on the backside.

Customer Reviews

Stupid Review Apple! McMurtry is a National Treasure

I'm a huge fan of McMurtry. If you don't know his stuff already, and you appreciate great songwriting and guitar work, check him out. The review Apple put on this page is awful and is not indicative of his music at all. I'm a long-time fan and he doesn't have a single bad song on any disc. It's some of the best road-trip music you can find. James is also an incredibly nice guy if you ever get to talk to him at a show. He's got a funny personality, kind of likes to keep to himself, but he's gracious and thoughtful. His band is AWESOME and they're amazing to see live. They're so calm and confident on stage but the sounds coming from their instruments will blow you away. True, true professionals. "Ruby and Carlos" is one of the greatest songs he's written, but there are some others like "No More Buffalo" that might be better songs for a "first time buyer." Buy the whole disc, you'll love it.

Stirring and Stunning

This album demonstrates Mcmurtry's poetic, attitude-filled poetry. The live performances sound raw and show a real James McMurtry experience.

Great

James McMurtry is an exceptional songwriter and guitarist. This album shows his work nicely. The "Live at Aught Three" album is good to start. Also check out my personal Fav. "Jaws of Life." The Apple review of James McMurtry is WEAK. JM has made great albums. His live shows really exemplify him as an artist through commentary, lyrics, and guitar. Take a listen.

Biography

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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