NEM#164: James McMurtry Doesn’t Have to Make Sense

…But he usually does. 

The legendary Texas singer-songwriter has put out 10 studio albums since 1989. We discuss “If It Don’t Bleed” (and listen to “Blackberry Winter”) from The Horses and the Hounds (2021), “How’m I Gonna Find You Now” from Complicated Game (2015), and “Be With Me” from It Had to Happen (1997). Intro: “Choctaw Bingo” from Saint Mary of the Woods (2002). For more see

Watch the video from “How’m I Gonna Find You Now.Here’s a long/live solo version of Choctaw Bingo.” Watch a whole live trio show from 2013. Here’s a tune from his first album.

Photo by Mary Keating Bruton. Interview editing by Tyler Hislop of Pixelbox Media.

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  1. James McMurtry says he doesn’t get how Steve Earle can successfully work politics into his songs. Maybe Steve living in New York City is a clue. Fantastic Interview, a million thanks.

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