Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Childish Things

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Childish Things

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James McMurtry (Compadre Records, 2005)

Like his father, novelist and screenwriter Larry McMurtry (Lonesome Dove, Brokeback Mountain), singer-songwriter James McMurtry tells stories of small prairie towns and the lives they hold. James does it in tough, sharp-edged country-rock recordings. Childish Things is his most recent.

Until 2004 McMurtry never considered himself a political artist. His stories of rural life have always contained indirect social commentary. But then something snapped. After years of watching farms foreclosed and factories shut down, McMurtry let out a bitter roar of protest against corporate America and the Bush administration in the seven-minute song "We Can't Make It Here." In the song's lyrics, McMurtry, through the voice of a laid-off factory worker, shows what happens when the economic heart is ripped out of a community.

McMurtry wrote that song in the fall of 2004, recorded it hastily, and put it on his website as a free download in the weeks before the last presidential election. …

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