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AUSTIN, Texas — News: James McMurtry has signed with New West Records. The legendary songwriter is currently writing songs for a new album to be released in summer 2019 on the leading Nashville-based record label. “I first became aware of James McMurtry’s formidable songwriting prowess while working at Bug Music Publishing in the ’90s,” says New West President John Allen. “He’s a true talent. All of us at New West are excited at the prospect of championing the next phase of James’ already successful and respected career.” McMurtry joins New West’s singular roster of all-stars including Steve Earle, Rodney Crowell, John Hiatt, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Buddy Miller and dozens more.
McMurtry seems a perfect fit for a label housing “artists who perform real music for real people.” As No Depression says of the deep-browed songwriter's most recent collection, Complicated Game: “Lyrically, the album is wise and adventurous, with McMurtry — who’s not prone to autobiographical tales – credibly inhabiting characters from all walks of life.” “[McMurtry] Fuses wry, literate observations about the world with the snarl of barroom rock,” National Public Radio echoes. “The result is at times sardonic, subversive and funny, but often vulnerable and always poignant.”
Meanwhile, McMurtry’s 2017 single “State of the Union” remains available as a free download via the songwriter’s website (www.jamesmcmurtry.com)! The vibrant vignette showcases a master craftsman carrying peak form into his forthcoming collection. “My brother’s a fascist, lives in Palacios, fishes the pier every night,” the song opens. “He hoslters his glock in a double retention. He smokes while he waits for a bite. He don’t like the Muslims. He don’t like the Jews. He don’t like the Blacks and he don’t trust the news. He hates the Hispanics and alternative views. He’ll tell you it’s tough to be white.”
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