James McMurtry

McMurtry and Son

Feb 12, 2015 By Christian Wallace

A memorable evening with James and Curtis McMurtry, the son and grandson of Texas’s most-beloved living author.

Just Us Kids

Mar 31, 2008 By Jeff McCord

The title track may lament the fact that even arrested adolescents grow old, but, if anything, James McMurtry sounds more energized than ever. On Just Us Kids (Lightning Rod), he and his longtime rhythm section—Daren Hess, Ronnie Johnson—have solidified their sound into a low, tribal rock growl, with…

We Can’t Make it Here

Jan 1, 2005 By Jeff McCord

No one’s more of a populist than JAMES MCMURTRY, whose tales put a human face on the downtrodden. The only thing surprising about his entry into protest music is that it took him so long. WE CAN’T MAKE IT HERE  is a seven-minute state-of-the-union mantra that looks at the Bush…

CD and Book Reviews

Aug 31, 1998 By Texas Monthly

Hot CDs I was already familiar with James Brown’s Say It Live and Loud (Polygram), which was recorded live at Memorial Auditorium in Dallas on August 26, 1968. I was there, a couple of rows back from the front, and hearing it all over again is one sweet pleasure: the…