James McMurtry Releases New Politically Charged Song "State of the Union"; Touring With Jason Isbell

by VVN Music

Americana great James McMurtry released a new track today (December 27) with the politically charged "State of the Union".

The song is a free download on his site today at www.jamesmcmurtry.com.

"State of the Union" will most likely be a bit polarizing due to its lyrical content. The song opens:

My brother's a fascist, lives in Palacios,
Fishes the pier every night
He hoslters his glock in a double retention.
He smokes while he waits for a bite.
He don't like the Muslims. He don't like the Jews.
He don't like the Blacks and he don't trust the news.
He hates the Hispanics and alternative views.
He'll tell you it's tough to be white.

McMurtry said of the opening lines "Every region of the United States seems to have its own way of anglicizing, or rather, Americanizing Spanish names. There’s a town called Palacios on the Texas coast. Texans pronounce it 'Palashuss,' which just happens to kinda rhyme with 'fascist.' While there’s usually at least one in every town, I don’t know for a fact that there’s even one actual fascist residing in or near the town of Palacios, Texas. This song, like most of my songs, is a work of fiction. Any resemblance of any of my characters to actual persons, living or deceased, is just plain lucky."

James is opening for Jason Isbell & the 400 unit on a series of dates in early 2018:
  • 01/04 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Criterion
  • 01/05 - Dallas, TX -  The Bomb Factory
  • 01/06 - Baton Rouge, LA - Baton Rouge River Center
  • 01/07 - Mobile, AL - Saenger Theatre
  • 01/18 - Birmingham, AL - Alabama Theatre
  • 01/19 - Birmingham, AL - Alabama Theatre
  • 01/20 - Birmingham, AL - Alabama Theatre
  • 01/21 - Little Rock, AR - Robinson Performance Hall
  • 01/23 - Cedar Rapids, IA - Paramount Theatre
  • 01/24 - Milwaukee, WI - The Riverside Theatre
  • 01/26 - Ann Arbor, MI - Ann Arbor Folk Festival
  • 01/27 - Indianapolis, IN - Murat Theatre at Old National Center
  • 01/29 - Pittsburgh, PA - Heinz Hall
  • 01/30 - Buffalo, NY - UB Center for the Arts
  • 01/31 - Albany, NY - The Palace Theatre
  • 02/02 - Providence, RI - Veterans Memorial
  • 02/03 - Brooklyn, NY - Kings Theatre
  • 02/05 - Red Bank, NJ - Count Basie Theatre
  • 02/06 - Baltimore, MD - The Modell Lyric
  • 02/08 - Atlanta, GA - Fox Theatre
  • 02/09 - Atlanta, GA - Fox Theatre
  • 02/10 - Durham, NC - Durham Performing Arts Center
  • 02/11 - Durham, NC - Durham Performing Arts Center
  • 02/13 - Ithaca, NY - State Theatre of Ithaca
  • 02/14 - Reading, PA - The Santander Performing Arts Center
  • 02/16 - Richmond, VA - Altria Theatre Richmond
  • 02/17 - Charleston, WV - Charleston Municipal Auditorium

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