James McMurtry has gained a reputation as a "songwriter's songwriter". This is well-deserved praise for an artist whose songs are short stories put to music. He creates scenes and evokes nuanced moods, but the message is clear - he is a master craftsman.
James learned to play guitar from his mother and started writing songs in his teens. He won a songwriting contest at the Kerrville Folk Festival in 1987 and caught the attention of John Mellencamp. Mellencamp co-porduced his debut albums and won many awards, but he may be best known for recent red dress performances to protest anti-LGBTQ legislation: another story, another message, fun package!