James McMurtry w/ The Gourds
- Categories: Country
- Event posted: Aug. 14, 2012
- Last updated: Nov. 6, 2012
- Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, 9 p.m.
- The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence
- Age limit: Not available
"The simple fact is that James McMurtry may be the truest, fiercest songwriter of his generation..." Stephen King | Entertainment Weekly 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 (released in 1989), was produced by John Mellencamp and marked the beginning of a series of acclaimed projects for Columbia and Sugar Hill. In 1996, McMurtry received a Grammy nomination for his Longform Music Video of "Where'd You Hide The Body". 1997's It Had To Happen received the American Indie Award for Best Americana Album. jamesmcmurtry.com Austin, Texas' The Gourds have never been much on sentiment. Since the band started defining Gourds Music, as it has come to be known, with Dem's Good Beeble in 1997 and the quirky Stadium Blitzer in 1998, they have chugged through America fueled by music and a near-pathological need for a good time. And while songwriters Kevin Russell and Jimmy Smith have written the most dense, reference-laden country songs of the last 10 years and almost single-handedly made a place for deep thought in a genre of "Honky Tonk Badonkadonks" they have, for the most part, shied away from the tear-in-my-beer ballads that made country music a commercial powerhouse over the last 50 years. thegourds.com