James McMurtry Preps New Album for Feb.

James M by Shanke McCauley

Texas may have gotten just a little bit red-state-er last night, but McMurtry remains a pillar of blue.

By Blurt Staff



Singer/songwriter/rocker/raconteur James McMurtry is prepping his first album in six years for a Feb. 24 release. Titled Complicated Game(Complicated Game Records – yes, that DOES sound suspiciously like an artist’s own imprint), it’s produced by CC Adcock and Mike Napolitano.


We are advised that the record “brings a new (and certainly no less energetic) sonic approach. First, recall blistering beats and gnashing guitars from his magnum opus Just Us Kids (2008). Now, unplug. “The label head wanted more acoustic,” McMurtry explains. “We built everything as we went so we ended up with more acoustic guitar as we went. We just played whatever sounded right for a given song, but we weren’t necessarily saying this is an acoustic record.”


Of the songs themselves, McMurtry notes, “The lyrical theme is mostly about relationships,” McMurtry says. “It’s also a little about the big old world verses the poor little farmer or fisherman. I never make a conscious decision about what to write about.”


Some testimonials: “James McMurtry is one of my very few favorite songwriters on Earth and these days he’s working at the top of his game,” says Americana all-star Jason Isbell. “He has that rare gift of being able to make a listener laugh out loud at one line and choke up at the next. I don’t think anybody writes better lyrics.”

Amen. McMurtry has long been one of BLURT’s favorite artists and this is, as the saying goes, right in our wheelhouse. See ya in February…


Photo credit: Shane McCauley

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