One of America’s most iconic singer/songwriters is coming to the Dakota for two shows February 22. The 7pm James McMurtry show is sold out. However, limited tickets still remain for the 9pm show. Tickets and details can be found HERE.
McMurtry is a writer who was first noticed 30 years ago by John Mellencamp. The first album, Too Long In The Wasteland was produced by Mellencamp and immediately vaulted McMurtry into the public consciousness as a force to be reckoned with. This reviewer caught that tour and can still remember thinking: “This one is special!” With his 13th album on New West Records slated for release later this year, the poet with a guitar shows no sign of slowing down.
Along the way, McMurtry continued to collect accolades. His 2006 release Childish Things was named Americana Album of the Year. He followed that up in 2008 with Just Us Kids which was nominated for Song of the Year, Album of the Year as well as Artist of the Year.
His songs have been universally praised for his ability to sharply draw characters with whom people connect; their struggles and triumphs both large and small. Voice Of America opined: “James McMurtry writes songs filled with characters so real that you’re sure they’re going to climb out of the speakers and look you in the eyes.” Other songwriters and people of the pen agree:
The simple fact is that James McMurtry may be
the truest, fiercest songwriter of his generation…”
Stephen King | Entertainment Weekly
Sometimes lost in the praise for his ability to write a lyric is the fact that McMurtry is a world class guitar player. He’s appeared with Leo Kotke in prior Twin Cities trips and more than holds his own. It’s simply that sometimes you don’t notice as your mind follows the stories he paints.
The intimate environs of The Dakota is the perfect landing spot and listening room for an artist like this. Enjoy a late dinner or after dinner drink before tucking in to a dyed in the wool Texas Troubadour.