McMurtry goes live again
Sunday, January 2, 2011
– If at first you release an album, well maybe re-release it again. At least that's what James McMurtry is going to do.
On Feb. 1, Lightning Rod Records will be out with a new version of James McMurtry's critically acclaimed "Live in Aught-Three." This remastered release will be available on CD and double vinyl with a CD insert. There was no word on whether the release will contain any new material.
McMurtry originally released the disc of 14 songs in 2004 on Compadré Records.
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