James McMurtry w/ Bonnie Whitmore at The Harvester
450 Franklin Street
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
The New York Times Magazine’s cover story “25 Songs That Tell Us Where Music Is Going” prominently features a four-page spread focusing on James McMurtry’s “Copper Canteen”. The author points directly to the song’s frequently quoted opening line as a representative passage in McMurtry’s work: “Honey, don’t you be yelling at me while I’m cleaning my gun.” “Though that line about the gun got a big laugh when McMurtry played it in Dallas,” Ruth Graham writes, “I still don’t know whether to hear it as a joke or a threat. “McMurtry often writes about how seemingly distant political concerns nudge his characters’ choices and prod their psyches,” she says, “the stretched budget of the Veterans Affairs Department or the birth of a new national park’s consuming the neighbors’ land through eminent domain.”
James grew up on a steady diet of Johnny Cash and Roy Acuff records. His first album, Too Long in the Wasteland, was produced by John Mellencamp and marked the beginning of a series of acclaimed projects for Columbia and Sugar Hill. In 1996, McMurtry received a Grammy nomination for his Longform Music Video of Where’d You Hide The Body.
Never one to rest on his laurels, James McMurtry continues to tour constantly, and consistently puts on a “must-see” powerhouse performance.
For tickets and more information visit: harvester-music.com or 540-GUITARS (484-8277).