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James McMurtry “Live in Europe” Lightning Rod

(Note: This review has been altered.  For various reasons, the album was originally reviewed without the bonus DVD.  When McMurtry’s people caught wind, they got a copy of the DVD to me because they felt it was important.  They were right.) It’s only been five years since the release of the well received “Live in […]

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James McMurtry “Just Us Kids” Lightning Rod

by Jesse Hill “Just us kids hangin’ round today, watching our long hair turning gray,” James McMurtry announces on the title track to “Just Us Kids,” his ninth full-length album. It is a statement that carries throughout the ferocious, self-produced album full of patriotic, poetically penned portraits of the Americans in our gutters and blistering […]

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