James McMurtry Live in Europe CD and Live in Europe tour

I’ve been lucky enough to be sent a preview e-copy of this new album by James McMurtry. He’s one of those people I’d heard of, but hadn’t actually. heard. I’d read a couple of his dad, Larry’s books, though. The 8 song set I’ve got covers all bases, roots rockers, tales of growing up in Smalltown USA, and lots and lots of stories – he crams entire life stories into these songs, the lyrics are wonderful, but he’s a good guitar player too. Click here to hear the first track off the album, Bayou Tortue. James is touring Europe very soon and I hope to be at The Cluny, Newcastle next week.

October 2010
10/3     Groningen, NL, Take Root Festival
 10/4     Antwerp, Belgium, Arenberg Schouwburg
 10/5     London, UK, The Borderline UPDATED
 10/6     Nottingham, UK, Rescue Rooms
 10/7     Bristol, UK, Fiddlers
 10/8     Buckingham, UK, Old Town Hall  UPDATED
 10/ 9    Manchester, UK, Club Academy  NEW!
 10/10   York, UK, Duchess of York
 10/11   Newcastle, UK, The Cluny
 10/12   Edinburgh, Scotland, Bongo Club  NEW!
 10/13   Belfast, Northern Ireland, Errigle Inn
 10/14   Kilkenny, Ireland, Langtons Theatre  NEW!
 10/15   Dublin, Ireland, Whelan’s

“Now, on October 13, 2009, Lightning Rod Records will release Live in Europe, a document of McMurtry’s first European tour, on which he was joined by keyboardist Ian McLagan and fellow Texas songwriting legend Jon Dee Graham. The set will be 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 McMurtry’s 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.

The Washington Post noted McMurtry’s live prowess: “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.”

McMurtry will tour the U.S. and Europe this fall in support of the live album.”

Track List:
Bayou Tortue
Just Us Kids
Hurricane Party
You’d a’ Thought (Leonard Cohen Must Die)
Fräulein O.
Ruby and Carlos
Freeway View

Bonus DVD:
Choctaw Bingo
You’d a’ Thought (Leonard Cohen Must Die)
Freeway View
We Can’t Make It Here
Laredo (with Jon Dee Graham)
Too Long In The Wasteland 


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