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James McMurtry: Put Good Lines in the Verses

“The room is the instrument,” says Austin singer-songwriter James McMurtry. Considering that he began playing his original songs live onstage more than 30 years ago, he should know. The son of novelist and screenwriter Larry McMurtry, James has seen his share of honky-tonks, rock clubs, and concert halls. A frequent and longtime visitor to Asheville,

James McMurtry: It’s Complicated

Many of the songs on James McMurtry‘s albums feel like vignettes from larger stories. The listener can feel that he or she is coming in on the middle of the story. If he wanted to, McMurtry could probably revisit his songs’ characters at other points in their lives, creating yet more compelling stories. “Basically, it

Cold and Bitter Tears: The Songs of Ted Hawkins

I didn’t know a thing about Ted Hawkins and his music before arriving in Nashville. But among tastemakers, the long-dead folk/Americana (though the term Americana wasn’t in use during his lifetime) troubadour has clearly effected great influence. Though homeless and itinerant, Hawkins became a mainstay of Venice Beach music venues, and seemed on the verge