James McMurtry gives away We Can't Make It Here
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
– Just before the 2004 Presidential Election, James McMurtry gave away a free download of his state of the union anthem, We Can't Make It Here.
The song went on to win Song of the Year at the Americana Music Honors and Awards.
On the brink of the 2008 election, McMurtry is giving away a previously unreleased live version of "We Can't Make It Here" from his 2008 concert at Southpaw in Brooklyn, N.Y. The song is available at http://www.lightningrodrecords.com/cantmakeithere.php
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