One of America’s preeminent sing/songwriters will make a rare Turf Club appearance. This one sold out instantly when it was announced. Details can be found HERE. Check back often to see if any more tickets become available before the show.
This tour supports McMurtry’s critically acclaimed latest album The Horses and the Hounds on new label New West. The record immediately found its way onto a slew of “Best Of” lists including Rolling Stone and Magnet. Local paper the Star Tribune also tabbed it. The song Canola Oil was nominated for Song of the Year by the American Music Association.
Jason Isbell had this to say: “He has the rare gift of being able to make a listener laugh out loud at one line and choke up in the next. I don’t think anybody writes better lyrics.”
High praise indeed and not unexpected. McMurtry fans have admired his entertaining stories and stellar guitar work for decades. There aren’t very many musicians who can sit down and pick with Minnesota guitar legend Leo Kotke. It’s in his wheelhouse.
With the move to New West Records, McMurtry hooked up with old friend and producer Ross Hargoth, whose credits include the likes of Van Halen and John Fogerty. So it’s no surprise the album features the rocking side of McMurtry. “The ghost of Warren Zevon seems to be stomping among the guitar tracks.” quips McMurtry. “Don’t know how he got there. He never signed on for work for hire.”
If you’re one of the lucky ones who grabbed tickets at the announcement, good on you! If you missed, don’t give up. Keep looking because somebody is going to run into a conflict and you can put those tickets in your pocket.
Opening for James McMurtry is BettySoo. Doors at 7. Music at 8. Highly Recommended.