James McMurtry at North Shore Point Downtown -- The Virginia Arts Festival

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Norfolk, VA 23510

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No one writes better Heartland songs that James McMurtry, one of our best storytellers in song.

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One critic says that James McMurtry writes as though he has spent time eavesdropping on conversations in every Dairy Queen in America. Stephen King, who owns a classic-rock station in Maine, has written that he "may be the truest, fiercest songwriter of his generation."

Longtime critic Robert Christgau declared McMurtry's "We Can't Make It Here" the best song of the 2000s.

The proof is in the songs. Check out:

"We Can't Make It Here Anymore"

"Choctaw Bingo"

"Just Us Kids"

"No More Buffalo"

"Copper Canteen"

McMurtry creates short stories in song, stories about how the political affects the personal, stories that ultimately are about relationships.

Take "Copper Canteen" from his album, "Complicated Game."

When The New York Times Magazine picked “25 Songs That Tell Us Where Music Is Going,” the editors featured that McMurtry composition.

“Honey, don’t you be yelling at me while I’m cleaning my gun,” McMurtry sings in the opening line.

“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.”

While McMurtry doesn't shy from the political (“We Can’t Make It Here Anymore,” “Cheney’s Toy”), Graham notes that he’s actually more concerned with the effect of policy on personal workaday matters.

“McMurtry often writes about how seemingly distant political concerns nudge his characters’ choices and prod their psyches,” she says, “the stretched budget of the Veterans Affairs Department or the birth of a new national park’s consuming the neighbors’ land through eminent domain.”

Bonnie Whitmore opens the show.

VIP doors at 7:15 p.m

GA doors at 7:30 p.m.

Show at 8 p.m.

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  North Shore Point House Concerts is one of the premier nonprofit house concert series in the country, a community of listeners based in Norfolk, VA. For more about the series, visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/northshorepoint/ and the website at www.northshorepoint.com.      

Over 20 years, the series has featured numerous Grammy winners. Among the artist who have appeared are Kelly Willis, Nicole Atkins, Gary Louris of The Jayhawks, John Moreland, John Paul White, Todd Snider, Aoife O'Donovan, Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Chuck Prophet, Alejandro Escovedo, Son Little, The Secret Sisters, Mipso, Travis Meadows, Della Mae, The Black Lillies, Slaid Cleaves, Birds of Chicago, Rayland Baxter, Kevin Welch, Robbie Fulks, Karla Bonoff, Nellie McKay, Garland Jeffreys, Lloyd Cole, Peter Case, Marshall Crenshaw, Mary Gauthier, Greg Trooper, Don Dixon and Marti Jones, Carrie Rodriguez, Amy Rigby, Garland Jeffreys, Steve Forbert (in photo), Eliza Gilkyson, Jeff Black, Jim Lauderdale, Jason Ringenberg (Jason and the Scorchers), Tara Nevins (Donna the Buffalo), Susan Cowsill, David Olney, Danny Schmidt and Carrie Elkin, Sam Baker, and Chris Smither.  

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