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A McFavorite Comes Back to McBoise

The last but not least Alive After Five


James McMurtry, The Grove Plaza, September 27

There's good new and there's bad news. The bad news first: September 27 is the last night of the Alive After Five concert series. The good news: the musician taking the season out with a bang is none other than Texas-based singer/songwriter James McMurtry.

On September 6 of last year, McMurtry released Childish Things, his seventh studio album, receiving accolades from Blender, The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly and more. One of the tracks on the album, "We Can't Make It Here," has received a lot of attention due to its political bent. "I've always been a little put off by activists. So you know it's a dire situation when I have to become one myself," McMurtry said. Author Stephen King said the song "may be the best American protest song since (Bob Dylan's) 'Masters of War,'" calling McMurtry "the truest and fiercest songwriter of his generation."

In 2003, McMurtry released the acclaimed Live in Aught-Three. Entertainment Weekly noted, "His erudite guitar work fills out the melody, and there's plenty of excitement in his densely withering portraits and wry asides." And, his hometown Austin Chronicle raved, "Like McMurtry's lyrics, this is no-frills, freak-flag rock. Turn it up."

McMurtry, who cites Johnny Cash and Roy Acuff as influences, has played in Boise several times and he is always a welcome sight. His roots-rock music is Americana at its best and McMurtry's down-to-earth nature reminds you he's just another working guy. He's just really, really good at his job. Don't miss out on this opportunity to see and hear McMurtry play.

--Amy Atkins

Next Wednesday, Sept. 27, 5-8 p.m., FREE, The Plaza on the Grove, 245 S. Capitol Ave., downtown Boise