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James McMurtry 3/26/11

James McMurtry 3/26/11
Written by Roy Kasten
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  • Date Recorded: March 26, 2011
  • Artist / Band: James McMurtry
  • Hosting Show: Songwriter's Showcase
  • Sound: Dan Kinney

Woody Guthrie once said, "It's a folk singer's job to comfort disturbed people and to disturb comfortable people." James McMurtry gives that job description a whole new meaning.

There was a time when McMurtry scowled at any political interpretation of his songs. That time is gone, as the Austin veteran has fused his uncompromising narrative vision with biting social realism and scathing political satire, ripping into the still brutalizing legacy of the Bush years and calling out the masters of war wherever they may be. But his recognition of politics hasn't let him to eschew wild-at-heart rock & roll. He's still one of the finest open-tuned guitarists you'll ever hear and he can still write a personal and poetic song that will break your heart in ways you never knew it could be broken.

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