James McMurtry Reissued; Preps Solo Tour

 

Two key albums return
to the bins next month; selected tour dates include the Bottle Rockets.

 

Childish Things and Live in Aught-Three, two of
singer-songwriter James McMurtry’s most popular albums, will be reissued by Lightning
Rod Records on February 1. Live in
Aught-Three
has been remastered since its original 2004 release and will be
available on vinyl for the first time. The deluxe double LP also includes a
copy of the album on CD.

 

McMurtry will also embark on a rare solo tour this winter
corresponding with the reissues. His 2011 touring plans also include a
co-headlining run with the Bottle Rockets; tour dates are below.

While 2005’s Childish Things isn’t an
overtly political record, the centerpiece has to be “We Can’t Make It Here,”
McMurtry’s commentary on the state of the union. Novelist Stephen King, a
longtime fan who has written about McMurtry several times in his Entertainment
Weekly column (including the January 7, 2011 issue, where he hailed McMurtry as
“the best songwriter in America”), described “We Can’t Make It Here” as the
“best American protest song since [Bob Dylan’s] “Masters of War.”‘ Childish Things and “We Can’t Make It
Here” won the Americana Music Awards for album and song of the year,
respectively.

At a run time of more than 77 minutes, James McMurtry’s newly remastered Live in Aught-Three includes
many of McMurtry’s best-loved songs including “No More Buffalo,” “Levelland,”
and the quintessential version of his dysfunctional family reunion epic,
“Choctaw Bingo.”

 

Tour Dates:  

Tue., Jan 18 AUSTIN, TX  Continental Club Gallery (Solo)
Wed., Jan 19, mid. AUSTIN, TX  Continental Club
Fri., Jan. 21, 9:30 p.m.  SAN
MARCOS, TX Cheatham Street Warehouse
Sat., Jan. 22, 9 p.m.  DALLAS, TX  Granada Theater, with Jason Eady
Tue.,  Jan 24 AUSTIN, TX  Continental Club
Wed., Jan 26, mid.  AUSTIN,
TX  Continental Club
Fri., Jan. 28, 7:30 p.m.  TULSA, OK  All Soul Acoustic Coffee House
Tue., Feb 1  AUSTIN, TX  Continental Club Gallery (Solo)
Wed., Feb 2, mid. AUSTIN, TX  Continental Club
Sat., Feb. 5, 8 p.m. CONROE, TX  Crighton Theater, with David Bromberg
Tue., Feb. 8   AUSTIN, TX  Continental Club
Tue., Feb. 15   AUSTIN, TX  Continental Club
Tue., Feb. 22   AUSTIN, TX  Continental Club
Tue., Mar. 1   AUSTIN, TX  Continental Club
Wed., Mar. 16, 9:30 p.m. NASHVILLE, TN The Bluebird Cafe
Thurs., Mar. 17, 9 p.m. ASHEVILLE, NC  The Grey Eagle
Fri., Mar. 18, 7 & 9:30 p.m.  DECATUR, GA Eddie’s Attic
Sat., Mar. 19, 8 p.m. MARYVILLE, TN The Shed at Smoky Mountain

        Harley-Davidson, with Grace Askew
Thur., Mar. 24, 9 p.m.  LAWRENCE,
KS Bottleneck,
Fri., Mar. 25, 9 p.m.  COLUMBIA,
MO Mojo’s*
Sat., Mar. 26, 8 p.m.  ST. LOUIS,
MO The Pageant*
Tue., Mar. 29, 7 p.m.  CHAMPAIGN, IL High Dive*
Wed., Mar. 30 MADISON, WI High Noon*
Thur., Mar. 31, 9 p.m.  DULUTH, MN Pizza Luce*
Sat., April 2, 8 p.m. DES MOINES, IA  People’s Court*
Sun., Apr. 3  OMAHA, NE Waiting Room*
Thurs., Apr. 28  BERKELEY, CA Freight & Salvage (Solo)
Fri., Apr. 29  SANTA CRUZ, CA Rio Theatre (Solo)
Sat., Apr. 30  LOS ANGELES, CA McCabe’s (Solo) 

 
*with the Bottle Rockets

 

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