James McMurtry :: The Horses and The Hounds

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JamesMcMurtryHorsesandTheHoundscoverartNiemand in de muziek vertelt zo’n krachtige verhalen als de Texaan James McMurtry. Over leven aan de onderkant van de maatschappij, over wapens, over oorlog, over familie en tegenwoordig ook over ouder worden. John Mellencamp, die McMurtry’s debuut uit 1989 produceerde, zei het al: ‘James schrijft alsof hij al een heel leven geleefd heeft.’ Nu, in 2021, is er na een stilte van zes jaar The Horses And The Hounds. Tien grandioze nummers, tien ontroerende en soms wrange verhalen. McMurtry is goed bij stem, de muziek meer dan gedreven. Het gitaarwerk van David Grissom is groots en er is hulp van Charlie Sexton, gitarist in de band van Bob Dylan. De onzichtbare hulp op The Horses And The Hounds komt, volgens McMurtry, van de geest van Warren Zevon. Ondertussen is dat het rijtje waarin James McMurtry zelf ook thuishoort: Bob Dylan, Warren Zevon, Steve Earle.
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In James McMurtry’s new effort, The Horses and the Hounds, the acclaimed songwriter backs personal narratives with effortless elegance (“Canola Fields”) and endless energy (“If It Don’t Bleed”). This first collection in seven years spotlights a seasoned tunesmith in peak form as he turns toward reflection (“Vaquero”) and revelation (closer “Blackberry Winter”). Familiar foundations guide the journey. “There’s a definite Los Angeles vibe to this record,” McMurtry says. “The ghost of Warren Zevon seems to be stomping around among the guitar tracks. Don’t know how he got in there. He never signed on for work for hire.” The Horses and the Hounds is a reunion of sorts. McMurtry recorded the new album with legendary producer Ross Hogarth (Ozzy Osbourne, John Fogerty, Van Halen, Keb’ Mo’) at Jackson Browne’s Groovemaster’s in Santa Monica, California. Hogarth recorded McMurtry’s first two albums, Too Long in the Wasteland and Candyland and later mixed McMurtry’s first self-produced album, Saint Mary of the Woods. Another veteran of those three releases, guitarist David Grissom (Joe Ely, John Mellencamp, Dixie Chicks), returns with some of his finest work.
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Tracks
1. “Canola Fields”
2. “If It Don’t Bleed”
3. “Operation Never Mind”
4. “Jackie”
5. “Decent Man”
6. “Vaquero”
7. “The Horses and the Hounds” (James McMurtry, David Grissom)
8. “Ft. Walton Wake-Up Call” (James McMurtry, Daren Hess, Cornbread)
9. “What’s the Matter”
10. “Blackberry Winter” (James McMurtry, Ross Hogarth)
Bio
JamesMcMurtry2021-PR.pdf
Album Credits and Lyrics
James McMurtry – The Horses and the Hounds – ALBUM LABEL COPY (1).pdf
Links
https://www.jamesmcmurtry.com
http://press.newwestrecords.com/james-mcmurtry
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_McMurtry
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