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James McMurtry

James McMurtry

Feb 5th 2017 @ Maze

Nottingham, United Kingdom
I Was There
Sunday, February 5th, 2017
7:30 PM
Nottingham, United Kingdom
James McMurtry and his fab Austin band return to The Maze!

James writes like he's lived a lifetime. John Mellencamp

The most vital lyricist in America today. Bob Harris, BBC 2 RADIO

James McMurtry is a true Americana poet actually he is a poet regardless of genre Michael Nesmith

"America's fiercest songwriter" - CNN

Witness Complicated Game. McMurtry's first album in six years has garnered universal acclaim. At a stage where most veteran musicians fall into a groove or rut, McMurtry continues to surprise, Texas Music magazine recently noted. [Complicated Game] is a collection of narratives as sharply observed as any from McMurtry, but with a contemplative depth that comes with maturity.

Indeed, McMurtry's latest collection spotlights a craftsman in absolutely peak form as he turns from the political toward the personal (These Things I've Come to Know, You Got to Me). The lyrical theme is mostly about relationships, the longtime Austin resident says. It's also a little about the big old world verses the poor little farmer or fisherman. Either way, McMurtry spins his stories with a poet's pen (Long Island Sound) and a painter's precision (She Loves Me) throughout.

Folks notice Complicated Game delivering McMurtry's trademark story songs time and again (Copper Canteen, Deaver's Crossing). [McMurtry] takes listeners on a road trip of unprecedented geographic and emotional scope, No Depression raves. Lyrically, the album is wise and adventurous, with McMurtry who's not prone to autobiographical tales credibly inhabiting characters from all walks of life. Fuses wry, literate observations about the world with the snarl of barroom rock, National Public Radio (NPR) echoes. The result is at times sardonic, subversive and funny, but often vulnerable and always poignant.