James McMurtry to reissue Childish Things, Live in Aught-Three

Childish Things and Live in Aught-Three, two of singer-songwriter James McMurtry’s most popular albums, will be reissued by Lightning Rod Records on February 1, 2011. Live in Aught-Three has been remastered since its original 2004 release and will be available on vinyl for the first time. The deluxe double LP also includes a copy of the album on CD. McMurtry will also embark on a rare solo tour this winter corresponding with the reissues. His 2011 touring plans also include a co-headlining run with the Bottle Rockets.

While 2005’s Childish Things isn’t an overtly political record, the centerpiece has to be “We Can’t Make It Here,” McMurtry’s commentary on the state of the union. Novelist Stephen King, a longtime fan who has written about McMurtry several times in his Entertainment Weekly column (including the January 7, 2011 issue, where he hailed McMurtry as “the best songwriter in America”), described “We Can’t Make It Here” as the “best American protest song since [Bob Dylan’s] “Masters of War.”’ Childish Things and “We Can’t Make It Here” won the Americana Music Awards for album and song of the year, respectively.

At a run time of more than 77 minutes, James McMurtry’s newly remastered Live in Aught-Three includes many of McMurtry’s best-loved songs including “No More Buffalo,” “Levelland,” and the quintessential version of his dysfunctional family reunion epic, “Choctaw Bingo.”

The son of acclaimed author Larry McMurtry (Lonesome Dove, Terms of Endearment), James grew up on a steady diet of Johnny Cash and Roy Acuff records. His first album, released in 1989, was produced by John Mellencamp and marked the beginning of a series of acclaimed projects for Columbia and Sugar Hill. In September 2006, McMurtry received more Americana Music Award nominations for 2008’s Just Us Kids. The album marked his highest Billboard 200 chart position in more than 19 years. Live in Europe followed in 2009, and it documents McMurtry and his band on their first European tour (where they were accompanied on keyboards by the legendary Ian McLagan).

“James McMurtry is simply fearless,” wrote Elmore magazine. “While many other singer-songwriters make veiled references to difficult subjects, McMurtry courageously lays it out there.”

 Fri., Jan. 14, 8:30 p.m.  ROSEMONT, IL  The Montrose Room at InterContinental

Sat., Jan. 15, 7 & 10 p.m.  CHICAGO, IL  Old Town School of Folk Music at Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall, with Del Barber

Sun., Jan. 16, 8 p.m. EVANSTON, IL SPACE

Tue., Jan 18 AUSTIN, TX  Continental Club Gallery (Solo)

Wed., Jan 19, mid. AUSTIN, TX  Continental Club

Fri., Jan. 21, 9:30 p.m.  SAN MARCOS, TX Cheatham Street Warehouse

Sat., Jan. 22, 9 p.m.  DALLAS, TX  Granada Theater, with Jason Eady

Tue.,  Jan 24 AUSTIN, TX  Continental Club

Wed., Jan 26, mid.  AUSTIN, TX  Continental Club

Fri., Jan. 28, 7:30 p.m.  TULSA, OK  All Soul Acoustic Coffee House

Tue., Feb 1  AUSTIN, TX  Continental Club Gallery (Solo)

Wed., Feb 2, mid. AUSTIN, TX  Continental Club

Sat., Feb. 5, 8 p.m. CONROE, TX  Crighton Theater, with David Bromberg

Tue., Feb. 8   AUSTIN, TX  Continental Club

Tue., Feb. 15   AUSTIN, TX  Continental Club

Tue., Feb. 22   AUSTIN, TX  Continental Club

Tue., Mar. 1   AUSTIN, TX  Continental Club

Wed., Mar. 16, 9:30 p.m. NASHVILLE, TN The Bluebird Cafe

Thurs., Mar. 17, 9 p.m. ASHEVILLE, NC  The Grey Eagle

Fri., Mar. 18, 7 & 9:30 p.m.  DECATUR, GA Eddie’s Attic

Sat., Mar. 19, 8 p.m. MARYVILLE, TN The Shed at Smoky Mountain

        Harley-Davidson, with Grace Askew

Thur., Mar. 24, 9 p.m.  LAWRENCE, KS Bottleneck,

Fri., Mar. 25, 9 p.m.  COLUMBIA, MO Mojo’s*

Sat., Mar. 26, 8 p.m.  ST. LOUIS, MO The Pageant*

Tue., Mar. 29, 7 p.m.  CHAMPAIGN, IL High Dive*

Wed., Mar. 30 MADISON, WI High Noon*

Thur., Mar. 31, 9 p.m.  DULUTH, MN Pizza Luce*

Sat., April 2, 8 p.m. DES MOINES, IA  People’s Court*

Sun., Apr. 3  OMAHA, NE Waiting Room*

Thurs., Apr. 28  BERKELEY, CA Freight & Salvage (Solo)

Fri., Apr. 29  SANTA CRUZ, CA Rio Theatre (Solo)

Sat., Apr. 30  LOS ANGELES, CA McCabe’s (Solo)

*with the Bottle Rockets