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McMurtry plans second live set

Tuesday, August 11, 2009 – James McMurtry goes live with a new CD/DVD release due out in October.

This will be the Texan's second live disc with "Live in Aught-Three" released in 2004.

"Live in Europe" drops Oct. 13 through Lightning Rod Records, a document of McMurtry's first European tour, on which he was joined by keyboardist Ian McLagan and fellow Texas songwriter Jon Dee Graham. The set will be available as a CD with a bonus DVD, or as a deluxe vinyl LP package with a CD and DVD insert.

Earlier this year, McMurtry and his trio traveled overseas to play their first European tour, hitting Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, The Netherlands, Scotland and Belgium.

The album includes a bonus DVD featuring performances from the Amsterdam show. Graham opened the shows and joins the band on a version of his tune Laredo on the bonus DVD.

McMurtry will tour the U.S. and Europe this fall in support of the live album.

The song list is:
Bayou Tortue
Just Us Kids
Hurricane Party
You'd a' Thought (Leonard Cohen Must Die)
Fraulein O.
Ruby and Carlos
Freeway View
Restless

The bonus DVD includes:
Choctaw Bingo
You'd a' Thought (Leonard Cohen Must Die)
Freeway View
We Can't Make It Here
Laredo (with Jon Dee Graham)
Too Long In The Wasteland

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