Six Must-Attend Events: August 22-28

The state's top offerings, from Shooter Jennings paying tribute to a country music hero to Salvador Dalí's works in 3-D.
Fri August 22, 2014 3:45 pm
Shooter Jennings will play his final Texas show in support of his EP, “Don’t Wait Up (for George),” a tribute to George Jones.
Scott Simontacchi

DENTON

The Next McMurtry
Curtis McMurtry, an Austin singer-songwriter, will play at a CD release party for his debut album, Respectable Enemy, in the same town that his grandfather, the Lonesome Dove author Larry McMurtry, attended college in the late fifties. “He’s the reason I write every day, because he does,” Curtis McMurtry said of his grandfather. “When I stayed at his house growing up, I woke up to the sound of his typewriter.” McMurtry also has a well-known father: James McMurtry, the politically charged singer-songwriter. Though their styles are different—Curtis is baroque folk, with horns and strings, and James is gritty roadhouse rock filtered through a power trio—the son was inspired by the father in other ways. “My father’s songs taught me to enunciate when I sing, and to fit the lyrics to a strict meter to help get the meaning across,” McMurtry said. “I like my songs to hold up on the page independent of the melody, and that’s probably because my dad’s songs always do.” Love is a recurring theme on the album, with songs about characters who chase away their loved ones. “These people have all done something wrong and have chosen to blame someone else for it,” he explained. “They’re villains who think they’re the victims.”
Dan’s Silverleaf, Aug. 27, 7:30 p.m., curtismcmurtrymusic.com

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