Longtime fans know James McMurtry’s vibrant vignettes have turned heads for a quarter century now. “James McMurtry is one of my very few favorite songwriters on Earth,” says Americana all-star Jason Isbell. “He has that rare gift of being able to make a listener laugh out loud at one line and choke up at the next. I don’t think anybody writes better lyrics.” The poignant lyrics of his immense catalog still ring true today. In 2011, “We Can’t Make It Here” was cited among The Nation’s “Best Protest Songs Ever.” "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 ... serious stuff, imparted by a singularly serious band." said the Washington Post. “James McMurtry may be the truest, fiercest songwriter of his generation” —Stephen King. James McMurtry's most recent album, 2015's Complicated Game, is a collection of sharply observed narratives with a contemplative depth that comes with maturity. The album spotlights a craftsman in absolutely peak form as he turns from political toward personal.