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James McMurtry (solo) w/ Bonnie Whitmore

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James McMurtry (solo) w/ Bonnie Whitmore
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 8:00 PM
Harvester Performance Center, Rocky Mount, VA
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  • When: Wednesday, Mar 25, 2020 8:00 PM (Doors open at 7:00 PM)
  • Ticket Price: $27.00 - $32.00
  • Door Time: 7:00 PM
  • Show Type: Americana
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General Admission - $27 (plus fees)
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James McMurtry

The New York Times Magazine’s cover story “25 Songs That Tell Us Where Music Is Going” (Sunday, March 12) prominently features a four-page spread focusing on James McMurtry’s “Copper Canteen,” from his 2015 release Complicated Game. The author points directly to the song’s frequently quoted opening line as a representative passage in McMurtry’s work: “Honey, don’t you be yelling at me while I’m cleaning my gun.” “Though that line about the gun got a big laugh when McMurtry played it in Dallas,” Ruth Graham writes, “I still don’t 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 Can’t Make It Here Anymore,” “Cheney’s Toy”), Graham notes that he’s actually more concerned with the effect of policy on personal workaday matters. “McMurtry often writes about how seemingly distant political concerns nudge his characters’ choices and prod their psyches,” she says, “the stretched budget of the Veterans Affairs Department or the birth of a new national park’s consuming the neighbors’ land through eminent domain.”