James McMurtry is a chip off the ol' block. To say he comes by storytelling naturally isn't a stretch—his father is author Larry McMurtry. A writer with the Washington Post summed it up in a review of the younger McMurtry's 2008 album, Just Us Kids (Lightning Rod Records):
"Much attention is paid to James McMurtry's lyrics, and rightfully so: He creates a novel's worth of emotion and experience in four minutes of blisteringly stark couplets. What gets overlooked, however, is that he's 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."
The Austin native grew up listening to Johnny Cash, had John Mellencamp produce his 1989 debut album, and 2005's Childish Things spent several weeks at the top of the Americana Music Radio Chart.
Whether you've been listening to his music for decades or days, his show at the Bouquet tonight is a must-see for fans and a great way to expand your horizons if you're not one yet.
Tickets are $18, and the show starts at 8 p.m.