James McMurtry Brings His Literate Rock to Club Helsinki

James McMurtry(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Award-winning rock singer-songwriter James McMurtry returns to Club Helsinki Hudson for a solo concert on Sunday, March 3, 2013, at 8pm.  The literate, politically charged songwriter and guitarist has a strong cult following, and he has been recognized for his work the American Indie Awards (Best Americana Album), the Americana Music Awards (Best Album and Best Song) and the Grammy Awards (nomination for his longform music video, “Where’d You Hide The Body”).

The son of acclaimed author Larry McMurtry (Lonesome Dove, Terms of Endearment), 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 Records.

In 2004, McMurtry released the universally lauded Live in Aught-Three on Compadre Records. 2005’s Childish Things garnered some of the highest critical praise of McMurtry’s career and spent six weeks at No. 1 on the Americana Music Radio Charts.

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. McMurtry received more Americana Music Award nominations for 2008’s Just Us Kids. This album marked his highest Billboard 200 chart position in more than 19 years.

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

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”.




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