This episode, we’ve got James McMurtry back for his second time on the Lone Star Plate.
His first interview is one of our top episodes, and we had such a good time that I had to bring him back on.
James has a new album called ‘The Horses and the Hounds’ coming out for the first time in 6 years, and he plays a song for us, which has left me absolutely speechless.
James is a very talented musician, amazing songwriter and lyricist, but he’s also very opinionated and articulated in his attitudes, and never afraid to say what he thinks.
Enjoy our conversation and the wonderful performance of ‘Jackie.’
“We idolize our artists but we don’t want our kids to pursue art, because it means poverty for most.” – James McMurtry
00:00 – Our upcoming season finale with Aaron Franklin and Tyson Cole and my goal of getting Ethan Hawke on the show.
03:09 – Introducing today’s guest James McMurtry.
08:41 – The difficulties of recording during Covid.
10:35 – How expensive microphones can get.
12:45 – How well James’ dad supported his creative endeavors, and why most people don’t want their kids to be artists.
15:33 – When James realized he wanted to be a musician.
19:42 – The inspiration behind his new single ‘Canola Fields’.
23:18 – The upcoming tour James has, and his concern about the new Delta variant.
27:54 – James’ thoughts on Biden’s new administration and the Capitol Raid.
34:20 – The hardships involved in working a service sector job, and the difference between working in Europe and America.
41:40 – How the pandemic has changed the music industry.
44:24 – Why James listens to white noise instead of music.
46:43 – How we dealt with the ‘snowpocalypse’.
49:49 – James’ favorite restaurants in Texas.
52:58 – When ‘The Horses and the Hounds’ is coming out.
56:45 – An exclusive performance of one of James’s unreleased songs ‘Jackie.’
1:02:14 – How to stay in touch with James and find his live streams online.
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