Opener: Jonny Burke 8pm
James McMurtry: 9:30pm
James McMurtry spins stories with a poet’s pen and a painter’s precision.
McMurtry’s first collection in six years spotlights a craftsman in absolutely peak form as he turns from political toward personal.
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.”