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An Acoustic Evening with James McMurtry and John FullbrightCenter Presents
December 29, 2012 7:00 pm
Grammy-nominated, folk singer-songwriters James McMurtry and John Fullbright take the stage for an acoustic show you won't soon forget.
$20 rear balcony
$25 main balcony
The Wort Hotel is offering a special lodging package to guests attending this concert at the Center. $349 including breakfast for 2 to guests. Call the Wort Hotel at 1-800-322-2727 for more information and mention Booking ID: 10601.
In 2004, McMurtry released the universally lauded Live in Aught-Three on Compadre Records. 2005's Childish Things garnered some of the highest critical praise of McMurtry's career and spent six weeks at No. 1 on the Americana Music Radio Chart in 2005 and 2006. In September 2006, Childish Things and "We Can't Make It Here" won the Americana Music Awards for Album and Song of the Year, respectively. McMurtry received more Americana Music Award nominations for 2008's Just Us Kids. This album marked his highest Billboard 200 chart position in more than 19 years.
In 2009, Live in Europe was released, capturing The McMurtry Band's first European tour and extraordinary live set. Along with seasoned band members Ronnie Johnson, Daren Hess, and Tim Holt, the disc features special guests Ian McLagan and Jon Dee Graham. Also, for the first time ever, video of the James McMurtry Band's live performance is available on the included DVD.
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." Bob Lefsetz writes, "'We Can't Make It Here' has stood the test of time because of its unmitigated truth."
Never one to rest on his laurels, James McMurtry continues to tour constantly, and consistently puts on a "must-see" powerhouse performance. 'The Washington Post' noted McMurtry's live prowess: "Much attention is paid to James McMurtry's lyrics, and rightfully so: 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. At a sold-out Birchmere, the Austin-based artist was joined by drummer Daren Hess and bassist Ronnie Johnson in a set that demonstrated the raw power of wince-inducing imagery propelled by electric guitar. It was serious stuff, imparted by a singularly serious band."
Oklahoma has proved fertile ground for songwriting over the years. From Albert Brumley and Woody Guthrie through Leon Russell and Jimmy Webb, Oklahoma has produced songwriters that pursued their singular vision and left the music world enriched, and often changed, by their contributions. Although it would be careless to suggest that an artist just releasing their debut album warrants a place in that group, John Fullbright’s From The Ground Up has some of the greats thinking that the 23-year-old might just have a place in that conversation someday soon.
John Fullbright was raised and still resides in Okemah, Oklahoma, a hometown he shares with Woody Guthrie (the photo on the album cover shows him on the front porch of the house that both he and his father grew up in). Music was a staple of the Fullbright household, mostly in the form of the family’s diverse and treasured album collection. “The most trouble I ever got in was when I had done something to one of my mother’s albums,” Fullbright recalls. The early pull of music was intense; he started playing piano at age 5, later picking up the guitar. His relative cultural isolation served him in that he had space to listen to his own developing voice, but when he was ready to make his way in the world, he benefitted greatly by being one hour from a great support system for singer-songwriters. The Blue Door, the legendary venue, took him in and exposed him to some of the greatest songwriters in the country as they would pass through town in concert. The founder of The Blue Door, Greg Johnson, was so taken by Fullbright’s talent, that he began managing him in order to open the necessary doors for his career to take root. Fullbright and Johnson released a live album in 2009 that set sales records at Woodyfest, the annual folk festival honoring Woody Guthrie.
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