McMurtry, Gibsons offer new sounds
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
– James McMurtry is back with his first albumin six years, while The Gibson Brothers look to other brotherly duos for inspiration.
McMurtry releases "Complicated Game," The record's lead single, "How'm I Gonna Find You Now." The disc covers a few different styles, including a sort of Americana rap.
The Gibson release "Brothers" on their newe label, Rounder. The release a is a tribute to other brother duos. Eric and Leigh Gibson picked 15 songs from country, bluegrass, and early rock and roll brother acts, including Phil and Don Everly; Charlie and Ira Louvin, Jim and Jesse McReynolds and Carter and Ralph Stanley. The album also features covers of songs recorded by some lesser-known acts, including the Blue Sky Boys, the Church Brothers, and the York Brothers.
Boston area country band Girls, Guns & Glory are out with a tribute disc to Hank Williams, "Girls Guns and Glory Presents: A Tribute to Hank Williams - Live!" The disc was recorded on Dec. 31, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 in the Boston area with 12 songs on the release.
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The first album by James McMurtry in six years proves that some simply get better with age. And it opens with a gorgeous, deliberate performance, "Copper Canteen," and a line about cleaning his gun before hunting season comes to a close. From there, McMurtry looks back at his youth and the changing world today "before the pension kicks in."
Thankfully, the singer never falters from that high standard he set for himself on the leadoff tune. "You Got To Me" sounds as ...
The only weakness of James McMurtry's "Live In Europe" is its brevity, clocking in at just over 40 minutes. Recorded in The Netherlands and Germany, McMurtry focuses primarily on songs from his excellent 2008 release "Just Us Kids."
Amongst the stronger tracks are Just Us Kids, a somewhat fatalistic view on aging ("Not so skinny, not so free/ Not so many as we used to be") and You'd A Thought, which also examines the aging process ("There's so ...
Singer-songwriter James McMurtry takes aim at the Bush administration, corporate greed and various societal ills in this self-produced effort. There's no confusing McMurtry's "God Bless America," a scathing indictment of cronyism and war profiteering in Iraq ("Negotiation's just no fun/ It don't serve our interests none/ Gonna turn up the heat till it comes to a boil/ Then we'll go get that Arab oil"), with the sentimental Irving Berlin classic. ...