McMurtry signs new record deal
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
– James McMurtry signed with the Los Angeles record label Complicated Game.
McMurtry will enter the studio later this month to start working on his first album in six years. "I've got a new batch of songs, organic and with no added sulfites, aged in oak for several years," he said. "Francois Moret at Complicated Game seems to like these songs, and (producer) C.C. Adcock thinks he can turn them into a record. Good times fixing to roll."
Moret agreed. "In March 2013, when C.C. Adcock told me we were going to see James McMurtry at the Continental Club in Austin, I expected to see a good show, but what I saw left me mesmerized. I immediately knew I wanted to sign him. As a European, it is an amazing opportunity to work with one of the most talented American singer-songwriters."
His last disc was "Live in Europe" in 2009. "Just Us Kids " (2008) earned his highest Billboard 200 chart position in nearly two decades and notched four Americana Music Award nominations.
This will be McMurtry's sixth label. He most recently was on Lightning Rod Records in Tennessee. The label also is home to The Cure, David Lynch and Ane Brun.
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