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James McMurtry/The Bottle Rockets 

When: Sat., May 31, 8 p.m. 2014
Price: $23 ADV/$28 DOS
Singer-songwriter James McMurtry made an impressive debut back in 1989 when he released Too Long in the Wasteland. His gruff voice and sharply written lyrics (he’s the son of author Larry McMurtry, so that just might have something to do with his ability to articulate himself), suggested he wasn’t just another singer-songwriter. McMurtry hasn’t issued a new studio album in a couple of years but don’t let that be a hindrance to checking out this show. His best tunes — the twangy “Choctaw Bingo” — mix Willie Nelson-like observations about fringe characters with a classic outlaw country sound. He’ll have a full band playing with him, and the Bottle Rockets, the veteran alt-country act that’s been relentlessly touring all year in honor of its 20th anniversary, opens the show. (Jeff Niesel)


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