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James McMurtry Announces New Set of Dates For June and July

by VVN Music

James McMurty will be touring the U.S. in June and July with his Westbound and Down Tour.

This time around, McMurty is bringing along a full band and playing a number of rare venues. "We’re looking forward to playing some rooms we haven’t seen in a while."

The longtime Austin resident continues riding waves of universal acclaim for his latest offering, Complicated Game. "McMurtry’s unassuming vocal style and stage presence bring to the foreground the voices populating his songs," The New York Times magazine said, singling out Copper Canteen in its recent piece "25 Songs That Tell Us Where Music Is Going." "McMurtry writes as though he has spent time eavesdropping on conversations in every Dairy Queen in America." "At a stage where most veteran musicians fall into a groove or rut, McMurtry continues to surprise," Texas Music magazine echoes. "[Complicated Game] is a collection of narratives as sharply observed as any from McMurtry, but with a contemplative depth that comes with maturity."

Indeed, the release spotlights a craftsman in absolutely peak form as he turns from political toward personal (These Things I’ve Come to Know, You Got to Me). "The lyrical theme is mostly about relationships," the longtime Austin resident says. "It’s also a little about the big old world verses the poor little farmer or fisherman." Either way, McMurtry spins his stories with a poet’s pen (Long Island Sound) and a painter’s precision (She Loves Me) throughout.

The dates for the Westbound and Down Tour:
  • 06/14 - Jackson, MS - Duling Hall
  • 06/15 - Birmingham, AL - Saturn
  • 06/16 - Nashville, TN - 3rd and Lindsley
  • 06/17 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
  • 06/18 - Charlotte, NC - Visulite Theatre
  • 06/20 - Nelsonville, OH - Stuart’s Opera House
  • 06/21 - Cincinatti, OH - 20th Century Theatre
  • 06/22 - Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall
  • 06/24 - Tulsa, OK - Vanguard
  • 07/22 - Bellvue, CO - Mishawaka Amphitheatre
  • 07/27 - Bozeman, MT - Live from the Divide
  • 07/28 - Big Sky, MT - Big Sky PBR Rodeo at Town Center Park