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James McMurtry

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James McMurtry

improv4humans with Matt Besser

The incredible James McMurtry joins Katie Dippold, Seth Morris, and Matt Besser for a special live music episode of improv4humans! James performs songs that inspire scenes about a distracted therapist, a parent with unique methods of encouragement, waiting until the end of deer season to clean blood off the truck, an underground rock and roll school, and more! Check out www.mattbesser.com for info on the LIVE improv4humans event in Pasadena on April 6!


23 Feb 2023

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993- James McMurtry, Aoife O'Donovan, Natalie Hemby, Sammy Rae & The Friends, Heather Maloney

NPR's Mountain Stage

This episode was recorded on June 26, 2022, in Charleston, WV. The lineup includes James McMurtry, Aoife O'Donovan, Natalie Hemby, Sammy Rae & The Friends, and Heather Maloney. Podcast support is provided by Digital Relativity. https://bit.ly/3e2CTVy

2hr 16mins

4 Oct 2022

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Episode 513: James McMurtry


Last year saw the release of The Horses and the Hounds. James McMurtry’s 10th album was easily one of the year’s best, showcasing a seasoned songwriter at the top of his game, 35 years after entering the industry. The musician is quick to point out that his songs are essentially all fiction, something that has, perhaps, become something of a sticking point after so often inhabiting his characters in the first-person. The son of an English professor and The Last Picture Show novelist-turned-screenwriter, McMurtry has a keen knack for storytelling that’s made him one of alternative country’s most enduring voice. The musician joins us to discuss performing during a pandemic, penning protest songs and the magic of Rick Nelson’s “Garden Party.” Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.


18 Mar 2022

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NEM#164: James McMurtry Doesn’t Have to Make Sense

Nakedly Examined Music Podcast

The legendary Texas singer-songwriter has put out 10 studio albums since 1989. We discuss "If It Don't Bleed" (and listen to "Blackberry Winter") from The Horses and the Hounds (2021), "How'm I Gonna Find You Now" from Complicated Game (2015), and "Be With Me" from It Had to Happen (1997). Intro: "Choctaw Bingo" from Saint Mary of the Woods (2002). For more see jamesmcmurtry.com. Hear more Nakedly Examined Music. Like our Facebook page. Support us on Patreon. Sponsors: Upgrade your showering at nebia.com/nem (code NEM). Get 15% off at at MasterClass.com/examined.


21 Jan 2022

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James McMurtry's New Album and Hulu's Reservation Dogs

Taking It Down

The gang tries to decipher if Rhode Island is a tennis state to begin (1:07) before discussing the usual COVID-19 segment (2:43). After that, it's a discussion on the latest album from James McMurtry, The Horses and the Hounds (4:26). After the break, Blaine revokes his fandom of the Dallas Cowboys, which opens the door for other franchises to take their place (15:37). To end the show, they talk about if Reservation Dogs on FX/Hulu is worth the time (18:58). Subscribe to Taking It Down, which is out each Tuesday, and visit The Alabama Take!


24 Aug 2021

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Out of the Box Album of the Week with Paul Shugrue

On his new album “The Horses and the Hounds” he channels his preoccupation with aging.

23 Aug 2021

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James McMurtry: NEW Album ‘The Horses and the Hounds’ Coming Out Soon!

The Lone Star Plate

This episode, we’ve got James McMurtry back for his second time on the Lone Star Plate.   His first interview is one of our top episodes, and we had such a good time that I had to bring him back on.   James has a new album called ‘The Horses and the Hounds’ coming out for the first time in 6 years, and he plays a song for us, which has left me absolutely speechless.   James is a very talented musician, amazing songwriter and lyricist, but he’s also very opinionated and articulated in his attitudes, and never afraid to say what he thinks.   Enjoy our conversation and the wonderful performance of ‘Jackie.’   “We idolize our artists but we don’t want our kids to pursue art, because it means poverty for most.” - James McMurtry   Time Stamps: 00:00 - Our upcoming season finale with Aaron Franklin and Tyson Cole and my goal of getting Ethan Hawke on the show. 03:09 - Introducing today’s guest James McMurtry. 08:41 - The difficulties of recording during Covid. 10:35 - How expensive microphones can get. 12:45 - How well James’ dad supported his creative endeavors, and why most people don’t want their kids to be artists. 15:33 - When James realized he wanted to be a musician. 19:42 - The inspiration behind his new single ‘Canola Fields’. 23:18 - The upcoming tour James has, and his concern about the new Delta variant. 27:54 - James’ thoughts on Biden’s new administration and the Capitol Raid. 34:20 - The hardships involved in working a service sector job, and the difference between working in Europe and America. 41:40 - How the pandemic has changed the music industry. 44:24 - Why James listens to white noise instead of music. 46:43 - How we dealt with the ‘snowpocalypse’. 49:49 - James’ favorite restaurants in Texas. 52:58 - When ‘The Horses and the Hounds’ is coming out. 56:45 - An exclusive performance of one of James’s unreleased songs ‘Jackie.’ 1:02:14 - How to stay in touch with James and find his live streams online.   Resources: - Listen to James McMurtry’s new single Canola Fields https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPYWcdrQPxg - Pre-order ‘The Horses and the Hounds’  http://newwst.com/horsesandhoundsWE - Little Trouble https://www.littletroublelockhart.com/ - Lockhart Bistro https://lockhartbistro.com/ - Texas Real Food  https://www.texasrealfood.com/ Connect with James McMurtry: - Website https://www.jamesmcmurtry.com/ - Facebook https://www.facebook.com/JamesMcMurtry/ - Twitter https://twitter.com/jamesmcmurtry - Youtube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSthGJTqvQ6shzEQpJyTvOg Connect with Patrick Scott Armstrong: - IG: @patrickscottarmstrong - https://www.facebook.com/patrickscottvideos/ - patrick@texasrealfood.com Follow The Lone Star Plate: - Follow us on Twitter: @lonestarplateTX - Follow us on Instagram: @lonestarplateTX - Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LoneStarPlateTX More From The Lone Star Plate: - https://thelonestarplate.com Texas Real Food: - https://www.texasrealfood.com

1hr 6mins

19 Jul 2021

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We Can't Make It Here by James McMurtry

Lone Wolf Survival by the Ancient Texan

This song and its lyrics were released perhaps 15 years ago.  It tells about the outsourcing that left many Americans willing to listen to the message "America First".   The song is about the elites selling out the common man which continues to this day ... --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/lonewolfsurvival/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/lonewolfsurvival/support


7 Apr 2021

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Ep. 20: James McMurtry

Songwriting For Guitar Podcast

WE MADE IT TO EPISODE 20! Mike talks with legendary songwriter James McMurtry. Stephen King has said James is “the truest, fiercest songwriter of his generation”. In this episode, you’ll see why. James shares his journey and experiences like working with John Mellencamp.


11 Jan 2021

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James McMurtry: Music, Politics and the Need for Change

The Lone Star Plate

The formidable singer-songwriter and rock-folk musician James McMurtry has always had a political message behind his music.  James has been working on his new album for months now, and with it being almost complete, he tells me when it’ll be released and how the pandemic is effecting new music coming out.  Arguably, James led the way in his Corona response as he said in an interview to Rolling Stones back in March ‘Postponing tour dates is the only ethical choice’.  From Donald Trump to socialism and the welfare state, we discuss the political state the country’s currently in and the changes that need to happen.  “You’re only here for a certain amount of time. You’ve got to do what you can while you’re here.” – James McMurtry Time Stamps: 01:00 – James’s thoughts on live streaming compared to house concerts.  04:13 – The ways some promoters skim extra profits from shows.  06:49 – The importance of politics in music, and the current tribalistic nature that is emerging as a result of COVID.  10:35 – The rise of authoritarianism and the way history repeats itself.  17:40 – The new album James has been working on and when it will be released.  20:05 – The issues with America’s fear of socialism during a time when we need a welfare state.  25:02 – Working and living in Spain, and the corruption that’s embedded in the country.  29:10 – The beginning of on the ground real-time war coverage.  34:20 – The Rolling Stone article James wrote about the need to stop live shows during the pandemic.  39:30 – The lack of leadership there is in the current government and some of Trump’s previously failed ventures. 47:36 – How to connect with James online.  Resources:  Listen to James McMurtry on Bandcamp Listen to James McMurtry on Spotify Op-Ed: Postponing the Tour Dates Is the Only Ethical Choice by James McMurtry for Rolling Stone The Twilight of Democracy Texas Real Food Connect with James McMurtry: Website Facebook Connect with Patrick Scott Armstrong: Instagram Facebook Email


26 Aug 2020