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James McMurtry gets political again with "Cheney's Toy"

Monday, February 11, 2008 – Texas singer/songwriter James McMurtry is once again making a political statement through his music, and this time he's giving it away for free. On his new song, "Cheney's Toy," McMurtry picks up where he left off with "We Can't Make it Here." "Cheney's Toy" makes veiled references to Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib prison and the stark image of a soldier who returned from the conflict, blind and brain damaged.

McMurtry is giving away the song, which will be part of his next CD in April, for free exclusively through eMusic's Daily Download. The song is also on McMurtry's MySpace page and the Lightning Rod Records website.

Fans can use the free mp3 to create their own videos and post them online. McMurtry will choose the best videos and post them on his official MySpace page and website.

Creators of each of the top five video creators will receive t-shirts and autographed copies of McMurtry's new album, "Just Us Kids" (out April 15). McMurtry's choice for the best overall video will also receive an 8 Gb Apple iPod nano with video capabilities. Fans can send links to their videos to mcmurtryvideo@gmail.com.

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Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Rising Appalachia buck the mainsteam, and that's fine with them – Rising Appalachia would not be accused of being in the musical mainstream. Not too many bands who combine folk and Appalachian sounds with new world music could possibly be. And that suits the sister-led duo of Chloe Smith and Leah Song just fine. In fact, at one point, Chloe made it clear she did not embrace radio play as a sign of success... »»»
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