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Label: Lightning Rod Records
Bio: 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 (released in 1989), was produced by John Mellencamp and marked the beginning of a series of acclaimed pr... See Full BioMore Info
James McMurtry with special guest Jonny Burke 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 (released in 1989), was produced by John Mellencamp and marked the beginning of a series of acclaimed projects for Columbia and Sugar Hill. In 1996, McMurtry received a Grammy nomination for his Longform Music Video ofWhered You Hide The Body. 1997's It Had To Happen received the American Indie Award for Best Americana Album.In 2004, McMurtry released the universally lauded Live in Aught-Three on Compadre Records. 2005's Childish Things garnered some of the highest critical praise of McMurtrys career and spent six weeks at No. 1 on the Americana Music Radio Chart in 2005 and 2006. In September 2006, Childish Things and We Cant Make It Here won the Americana Music Awards for Album and Song of the Year, respectively. McMurtry received more Americana Music Award nominations for 2008's Just Us Kids. This album marked his highest Billboard 200 chart position in more than 19 years.In 2009, Live in Europe was released, capturing The McMurtry Bands first European tour and extraordinary live set. Along with seasoned band members Ronnie Johnson, Daren Hess, and Tim Holt, the disc features special guests Ian McLagan and Jon Dee Graham. Also, for the first time ever, video of the James McMurtry Bands live performance is available on the included DVD.The poignant lyrics of his immense catalog still ring true today. In 2011, We Cant Make It Here was cited among The Nations Best Protest Songs Ever. Bob Lefsetz writes, We Cant Make It Here has stood the test of time because of its unmitigated truth.Never one to rest on his laurels, James McMurtry continues to tour constantly, and consistently puts on a must-see powerhouse performance. The Washington Post noted McMurtrys live prowess: Much attention is paid to James McMurtrys lyrics, and rightfully so: He creates a novels worth of emotion and experience in four minutes of blisteringly stark couplets. What gets overlooked, however, is that hes an accomplished rock guitar player. At a sold-out Birchmere, the Austin-based artist was joined by drummer Daren Hess and bassist Ronnie Johnson in a set that demonstrated the raw power of wince-inducing imagery propelled by electric guitar. It was serious stuff, imparted by a singularly serious band.JAMES McMURTRY LIVE IN EUROPE CD WITH BONUS DVD DOCUMENTS FIRST EURO TOUR WITH GUESTS IAN MCLAGAN AND JON DEE GRAHAM On October 13, 2009, Lightning Rod Records released Live in Europe, a document of McMurtrys first European tour, on which, along with long-time band members Ronnie Johnson, Daren Hess, and Tim Holt, he was joined by keyboardist Ian McLagan and fellow Texas songwriting legend Jon Dee Graham. The set is available as a CD with a bonus DVD, or as a deluxe vinyl LP package with a CD and DVD insert. In early 2009, James McMurtry and his trio traveled overseas to play their first European tour. The guys played for enthusiastic crowds in Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, The Netherlands, Scotland and Belgium. Joining the band on keyboards for the tour was the legendary Ian McLagan (who also played on McMurtrys latest studio album, Just Us Kids). The best recordings from the Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Geislingen, Germany concerts were combined to create Live in Europe. The album includes a bonus DVD featuring performances from the Amsterdam show. This marks the first time fans will be able to purchase video footage of McMurtry live in concert. The deluxe vinyl version includes inserted copies of the CD and DVD. Fellow Austin-based songwriter Jon Dee Graham opened the shows and joins the band on a version of his tune Laredo on the bonus DVD.JAMES McMURTRY ALBUMS REISSUED: CHILDISH THINGS & LIVE IN AUGHT-THREEOn February 1, 2011, two of James McMurtrys most popular albums, Childish Things and Live in Aught-Three were reissued by Lightning Rod Records. Live in Aught-Three has been remastered since its original 2004 release and will be available on vinyl for the first time. The deluxe double LP also includes a copy of the album on CD. The simple fact is that James McMurtry may be the truest, fiercest songwriter of his generationStephen King | Entertainment Weekly more >>> Jonny Burke is a man continually on the move, musically and literally. His debut solo album Distance and Fortune - was quickly followed up with his 2012 release, Cup Runneth Over. As producer of the bulk of the project released independently on his own Dreamcar Records Burke made an album that is as raw and honest as it gets.Burke admits that he has enjoyed being on stage and performing from an early age. He was born and raised in New Braunfels, a small town in Texas. His dad taught him his first chords and played him Chuck Berrys Jonny B. Goode when he was a little boy. Burke would listen to albums like Dylans Highway 61 Revisited and Townes Van Zandts Flyin Shoes over and over again. By the time Burke was 15, he was already performing in bars. He formed his first band, the Dedringers, and it became a popular regional band while he was still in his teens. I thought it was the coolest thing in the world to come home after playing a bar and making a little cash, he recalls. Nobody in high school could compete with that!Since the release of Cup Runneth Over Burke has continued to tour the country opening for greats like James McMutry. After a few years residing in Southern California, Burke found himself spending more time in his home state of Texas playing shows and co-writing with friends for what will inevitably become his next project. more >>>