James McMurtry’s extensive “Back At It” summer tour has taken him all across North America, but it’s going to be wrapping up in Maryville on July 23rd when McMurtry will be playing at The Shed.
WDVX is thrilled to have him join us at 2:30 p.m. on July 23rd for an in-studio interview during which he’ll be answering some of our listeners’ questions.
If you have a question you’d like to submit for James McMurtry, leave a comment on this blog post.
In the meantime, he was kind enough to share some of his backstory in the form of our regular blog series, Bullet Backstory.
- Biggest musical influences – Kris Kristofferson for verse structure. Neil Young and Crazy Horse for overall sound.
- What made you decide to pursue music as a career? – I wanted women to talk to me. I didn’t want to play football or ride broncs.
- What advice do you have for young musicians who are trying to hone their craft? It’s a trap, go back, save yourself while you’re young enough to retrain and finish school. I can’t help those who won’t take such advice, as I didn’t.
- What’s your favorite thing to do in Knoxville?
Hanging out in the Old City makes a good civilization break after a couple of weeks worth of Motel 6 and Waffle House.
- If you could work with any musician (living or deceased) who would it be and why? Johnny Cash, just to meet the man.
- Anything else you’d like to share? Remember that you can’t go back.
James McMurtry is a folk-rock/americana singer/songwriter as well as guitarist, bandleader and sometimes actor. Born in Fort Worth, Texas, his father, novelist Larry McMurtry, gave him his first guitar at age seven. His mother, an English professor, taught him how to play it: “My mother taught me three chords and the rest I just stole as I went along. I learned everything by ear or by watching people.”