This week's feature artist was James McMurtry. McMurtry and his band the Heartless Bastards will be coming to Eugene next week as part of a short N.W. Tour that includes Seattle and Portland.
I had the opportunity to talk with James McMurtry on the phone this week. We talked about his album "Just Us Kids", his recent tour of Europe and a childhood story of Ken Kesey teaching him his first word, "Ball" which I mixed in with his music throughout the show.
Even though I could have filled my entire show with McMurtry's music, I also had to play some some Yonder Mountain String Band and Sam Bush after seeing them play together at the McDonald Theater Friday night. I have never seen Sam Bush play so much fiddle but in the mix it was right on. Also really hot were the duelling mandolin leads between Sam and Jeff Austin of Yonder Mountain. A great night of live music.
I also wanted to feature some of the other artists that are playing in Eugene this next week like Star Anna, Chuchanut Drive, Sideroads and Jake Payne & Dixie Creek. Check your local listings for show venues and times.
Tune in to Routes and Branches next week for an in-studio performance by Chuckanut Drive.
James McMurtry - Childish Things - Childish Things
James McMurtry - Just Us Kids - Just Us Kids
James McMurtry - Painting By Numbers - Too Long In The Wasteland
Yonder Mountain String Band - Boatman's Dance - Mountain Tracks Vol. 5
Sam Bush - They're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone - King Of My World
Star Anna - Crooked Path - Crooked Path
Chuckanut Drive - Kickin' In Your Door - Fidelity Grange
James McMurtry - Hurricane Party - Just Us Kids
James McMurtry - Bayou Tortous - Just Us Kids
James McMurtry - Ruby and Carlos - Just Us Kids
Sideroads - River - Destinations
Buddy & Julie Miller - Chalk - Written In Chalk
Slaid Cleaves - Beautiful Thing - Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away
John Amos - One Way Highway - Invisible Boy
Jake Payne & Dixie Creek - Colorado - What The Folk Is Roots Music
James McMurtry - The Governor - Just Us Kids
James McMurtry - Paris - It Had To Happen
James McMurtry - Too Long In The Wasteland - Live In Aught-Three
James McMurtry - Levelland - Where'd You Hide The Body
James McMurtry - Ruins Of The Realm - Just Us Kids