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James McMurtry a ‘must-see’ show

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Who: The Center for the Arts presents

What: An Evening with James McMurtry

When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20

Where: The Center for the Arts, 314 W Main St., Grass Valley

Tickets: $18 members, $22 non-member; The Center Box Office - 530-274-8384 ext 14; BriarPatch Co-op Community Market - 530-272-5333; Tickets online at http://www.thecenterforthearts.org

Info: http://www.jamesmcmurtry.com

Singer-songwriter James McMurtry will bring his soft ballads, tough rock songs and political anthems to the Grass Valley stage during a Sunday evening concert presented by the Center for the Arts.

The son of acclaimed author Larry McMurtry (“Lonesome Dove,” “Terms of Endearment”), McMurtry grew up on a steady diet of Johnny Cash and Roy Acuff records. McMurtry began playing guitar when he was only 7 and started writing songs in college, moving on to perform all over Arizona and Texas.

Singer John Mellencamp produced McMurtry’s 1989 debut, “Too Long in the Wasteland.” In 1996, McMurtry received a Grammy nomination for his Longform Music Video of “Where’d You Hide The Body.” His 1997 album, “It Had To Happen,” received the American Indie Award for Best Americana Album.

In 2004, McMurtry released the universally lauded “Live in Aught-Three.” In 2005 and 2006, “Childish Things” garnered some of the highest critical praise of McMurtry’s career, spending six weeks at No. 1 on the Americana Music Radio Chart. In September 2006, “Childish Things” and “We Can’t Make It Here” won the Americana Music Awards for Album and Song of the Year, respectively.

“The simple fact is that James McMurtry may be the truest, fiercest songwriter of his generation.”
– Entertainment Weekly

In addition, McMurtry received Americana Music Award nominations for the 2008 recording “Just Us Kids.” This album marked his highest Billboard 200 chart position in more than 19 years.

In 2009, “Live in Europe” was released, capturing The McMurtry Band’s first European tour and live set. Along with seasoned band members Ronnie Johnson, Daren Hess and Tim Holt, the disc features special guests Ian McLagan and Jon Dee Graham.

The poignant lyrics of his immense catalog still ring true today. In 2011, The Nation included “We Can’t Make It Here” among their picks for “Best Protest Songs Ever.”

“We Can’t Make It Here’ has stood the test of time because of its unmitigated truth,” said writer Bob Lefsetz.

James McMurtry continues to tour constantly and consistently puts on a “must-see” powerhouse performance.

“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,” wrote the Washington Post after a sold out concert at The Birchmere, America’s Legendary Music Hall. “It was serious stuff, imparted by a singularly serious band.”

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