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Show Report: James McMurtry @ Attitudes in Blacksburg, VA 7/15/10

Well I figure I should tell you guys about this show. Really not much to tell. I drank too much beer and lost my camera. That f’n pissed me off, but the show was great. Not as good as the October ‘09 show I went to at the same venue, but still a great f’n show.  The reasons for it not being as good as the Oct. are subtle but important. One, it was the summer, so college was out. Granted their weren’t a lot of students at the Oct. show but the did help flesh out the crowd. Which brings me to Two, the crowd was not as big or as “energetic”. Not near as many people on the floor for this show, which if you’ve ever been to a McMurtry show you know he feeds on the crowd down on the floor dancing and gettin’ down. Lord knows I tried to get them out on the floor but I was only midly succesful. Number Three is because the bar no longer served $1 PBRs and number Four is because I lost my f’n camera! Which is why this post does not have any pictures or vids. Which I did take both, sorry guys. Blame it on James McMurtry being too good of a beer salesman, and my own inclination of not wanting to turn down a good beer salesmen.

Here is another review of the same show by a guy I talked to before hand. It will give about as much information about the actual show as this post, but hey…it’s a different perspective.

I will say it was a great show, James was loud, but less talkative than last time…at least on stage. Me and my buddy did end up talking with James and his mother (who came down from Loudon County, VA)  for about an hour after the show drinking double Maker’s Marks. I just wish to god I could remember what we talked about!

EDIT: Oh yeah, the opener Johnny Burke was great. My buddy bought his EP, I need to borrow it off him to do a review. He used to be with The Dedringers which I’m certain I put on one of the Truesounds comps a couple years ago.

James McMurtry – Paradiso, Amsterdam 1/27/09

Pretty excited about the James McMurtry show tomorrow, so decided to post this. This thing is GREAT, sound is A+….just like any other boot from the Paradiso. That place must have amazing acoustics, and kudos to Dutchbird and others who record shows there (also kudos to Dutchbird for making this easy for me and having the files properly tagged and beautiful album art already made). This show was webcast via the now defunct Fabchannel and the closest thing I could find to any of that now hard to find footage is this clip of Choctaw Bingo.

You are going to want to download this folks. I actually like this better than the official Live In Europe album from last year…..mainly because there are more songs. You are will still want to get the Live In Europe just for the DVD though (plus it’s available on Vinyl).

Don’t pass on this, it’s a must download…and I will urge you again: If James McMurtry comes anywhere near you…GO!

MP3 @ 192
Download James McMurtry – Paradiso 1/27/09 here

Concert Report: James McMurtry @ Attitudes in Blacksburg, VA 10/17/09

Well let me do a quick write-up about this. For those who have seen McMurtry perform you folks already know it was a killer show. Everyone I’ve ever talked to as a matter of fact who has seen McMurtry live all say he is amazing. This concert, friends, was no different.

A rare treat for us in the New River Valley to have a performer of this caliber come to town, and also my first McMurtry show. James said he had been trying to get down to Blacksburg for years, as he grew up in Loudon County Virginia, and he said half of his friends went to college at Virginia Tech. We are glad he finally got here. The place was small and in a holiday inn (or was it a mariott) and there were only maybe 70 people there, but every one of them was a McMurtry fan. Some came from West Virginia, Roanoke, North Carolina, even Kentucky. It was a pretty good mix of people from intellectuals familiar with McMurtry’s NPR features, to old hippies from Floyd, VA, to rowdy hell raisers happy to partake in the $1 PBR special (this being the camp I myself most closely fell). One group suspiciously absent though were students…hmm…their loss.
When McMurtry and The Heartless Bastards took the stage as a power trio, the dance floor filled and the band kicked into Bayou Tortous (Tortue??) [watch a clip of Bayou Tortous].
The energy of the show was incredible, and later in the show we found out why. During his rousing (and I mean ROUSING!) rendition of crowd favorite (by crowd I mostly mean me) Choctaw Bingo he riffed that they had just gotten back to the states from the UK the day before, and it’s good to see some people moving their asses for a change! He then tagged on “they’re good people they just don’t move”. Everyone was moving at this place, in fact Choctaw built to such a climax he could have easily lead us all happily dancing and grooving into the mouth of a fiery volcano….it was that kind of concert! [watch a clip of Choctaw Bingo]
While the concert was mostly a rowdy ass rock show including killer versions of Red Dress, Too Long in The Wasteland, and my new favorite Lobo Town, (which goes with my theory that the rowdiness of a show is inversely proportional to the price of beer at said show), he did play a couple slow ones. These were Ruby and Carlos, which he played solo and Hurricane Party. Mostly though it was high octane McMurtry and The Heartless Bastards, who he quipped were going to have to change their name because “that band from Ohio has gotten too big”. He then dubbed the band James McMurtry and The Motherfuckers, which he didn’t think was taken yet. Someone in the crowd yelled “Go Motherfuckers go!”, and that’s the best way to sum up this show…..Go motherfucker go!
Here is a full clip of Hurricane party, the only song I captured in full (click the other links above to see short clips)

Goin’ to see McMurtry tonight – Fireline Road (Vid)

so for those who can’t make it, here’s another of my McMurtry faves:

McMurtry winner, Ray Wylie Hubbard movie, Wrinkle Neck Mules, new Scott Miller track, Carolyn Mark & NQ Arbuckle, etc

  • jridgeway was the winner of the McMurtry CD/DVD. Thanks all for commenting and entering. Some great lyrics posted, some I have overlooked and will now be listening to more closely
  • Wrinkle Neck Mules latest album Let The Lead Fly was pushed back to to October 20th release date. That’s next Tuesday. It says in that story that it’s a great album for fall driving through the mountains…..true statement, as I have come to the same conclusion.
  • Scott Miller has a new track that will be available for download on his site and help fund his upcoming album. I don’t have the specifics cause dammit I lost the email. In the meantime, enjoy some of the killer vids he has made on his site.
  • Just wanted to give a heads up for the Carolyn Mark and NQ Arbuckle album Let’s Just Stay Here which comes out tomorrow. Carolyn is half of canadian supergroup The Corn Sisters (with Neko Case), and as you know, NQ Arbuckle made one of my favorite albums of 2008. The album also features an unexpected cameo from fellow canadian Corb Lund.

James McMurtry CD/DVD Giveaway

Want to win a copy of the new James McMurtry CD/DVD Live in Europe due out next Tuesday? Well just leave a comment on this post with your favorite James McMurtry lyric and some way to contact you (Email, Twitter, etc…) . Winner will be chosen randomly and announced next monday.

This is a great album although rather short, and lacking the fiery excitement of Live in Aught-Five. That’s not to say it’s not any good, more of a testament to how good Live in Aught-Five is. This one is worth picking up for the DVD alone, which as far as I know is the first time a James McMurtry DVD has been released. One of my favorite parts on the DVD is when Jon Dee Graham comes out and flips off the “biggest music critic in all of Amsterdam” right before kicking into a blazing version of Laredo. Watch a clip from the DVD here
Album is also available on LP with a CD & DVD insert for $18 which is a great deal.
Also worth mentioning is McMurtry will be in Blacksburg on the 18th….That means I WILL be going.
For what it’s worth, here is one of my favorite McMurtry lyrics (that’s not from the song Choctaw Bingo):
Some insurance man biker is yelling out for one more beer
but a part time pirate just can’t get much respect around here
we got our problems too man
and we’ll get to you in just a minute
sit your drunk ass down
and there’s no one to talk to
when the lines go down
-Hurricane Party

James McMurtry – Choctaw Bingo (Acoustic) (Vid)

killer acoustic version of possibly the greatest song ever!

Wondering if you need the new McMurtry album?

If this don’t sway you, nothing will