AUSTIN, TX — James McMurtry first appeared on the Texas music scene in the late 1980s, winning the Kerrville Folk Festival “New Folk” contest. He came to national attention in 1989 with his first album, Too Long In The Wasteland, produced by John Mellencamp and released by Columbia Records. Over eight more studio releases, McMurtry has sharpened his skills not only as a writer and keen observer of modern American life but also as a singer and guitarist of great skill and impact. Leading his trio the Heartless Bastards, McMurtry has become known as one of the most powerful live acts in the singer-songwriter genre. With his razor-sharp lyrical eloquence and the hard-driving music to match, McMurtry is one of the true living masters of Texas Country.
“James McMurtry is one of my very few favorite songwriters on Earth and these days he’s working at the top of his game.” ~ Jason Isbell
“the truest, fiercest songwriter of his generation.” ~ Stephen King