James McMurtry, Bonnie Whitmore at The Tractor Tavern

Bandsintown uploaded this event on May 17, 2019


The Tractor Tavern
5213 Ballard Ave Nw
Seattle, WA


Thu, August 8, 2019
8:00 pm


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he New York Times Magazines cover story 25 Songs That Tell Us Where Music Is Going (Sunday, March 12) prominently features a four-page spread focusing on James McMurtrys Copper Canteen, from his 2015 release Complicated Game. The author points directly to the songs frequently quoted opening line as a representative passage in McMurtrys work: Honey, dont you be yelling at me while Im cleaning my gun.Though that line about the gun got a big laugh when McMurtry played it in Dallas, Ruth Graham writes, I still dont know whether to hear it as a joke or a threat, and McMurtry has never been one to offer the easy comfort of a straight answer.Additionally, while many fans consider McMurtry an overtly political songwriter (We Cant Make It Here Anymore, Cheneys Toy), Graham notes that hes actually more concerned with the effect of policy on personal workaday matters...

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