Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Novel writer

James McMurtry sings his books

Express Staff Writer

    James McMurtry might be genetically predisposed to write, but he prefers putting his stories to music rather than into chapter books like his famous father, Larry.
    McMurtry, whose poignant lyrics landed him the distinction of having written one of the best protest songs ever for “We Can’t Make It Here,” is also known for his spectacular stage performances.
    As stated in The Washington Post, “Much attention is paid to James McMurtry’s lyrics, and rightfully so: He creates a novel’s worth of emotion and experience in four minutes of blisteringly stark couplets. What gets overlooked, however, is that he’s an accomplished rock guitar player.”
    Go for the raucous or to wave a protest flag in good company when McMurtry appears at Whiskey Jacques’ in Ketchum, Friday, June 21.
    Jack + Jill, a high energy indie/alternative band, will open at 9 p.m.

    Tickets are $15 at the door, and the door opens at 8 p.m.
    For more information on McMurtry, go to, and for Jack + Jill visit

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