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McMurtry kicks off tour this week

Saturday, April 23, 2011 – James McMurtry will kick off his summer tour with a few solo shows along the West Coast.

McMurtry will play material from deep in his catalogue, according to a press release. His last release was "Live in Europe" from 2009, although he reissued "We Can't Make It Here" and "Childish Things" in November 2010.

Tour dates are:
April 28 Berkeley, CA Freight & Salvage (Solo)
April 29 Santa Cruz, CA Rio Theatre (Solo) w/ Rodney Crowell
April 30 Los Angeles, CA McCabe's (Solo)
May 1 Napa, CA Uptown Theatre
May 6 Austin, TX Whip In (Solo)
May 13 Houston, TX Continental Club
May 14 Denton, TX Dan's Silverleaf
May 26 Austin, TX Shady Grove
May 27 Bryan, TX Lakeside Ice House
May 28 Helotes, TX Floores Country Store
June 1 Jackson, MS Hal & Mal's
June 2 Oxford, MS Proud Larry's
June 3 Louisville, KY Headliner's
June 4 Covington, KY Southgate House
June 5 Nelsonville, OH Stuart's Opera House
June 6 Pittsburgh, PA Three Rivers Arts Festival
June 8 Albany, NY Valentine's
June 9 Londonderry, NH Tupelo Music Hall
June 10 Bellows Falls, VT Roots on the River Festival
June 11 Ellsworth, ME The Grand
June 12 Brownfield, ME Stone Mountain
June 14 Sellersville, PA Sellersville Theatre
June 15 Annapolis, MD Rams Head On Stage
June 16 Fall River, MA Narrows Center
June 17 Hoboken, NJ Maxwell's
June 18 Brooklyn, NY Bell House
June 19 Cronton-on-Hudson, NY Clearwater's Great Hudson River Festival
June 21 Charlotte, NC Visulite Theatre
June 22 Greenville, SC The Handlebar
June 23 Birmingham, AL Workplay Theatre
June 24 New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jack's
June 25 Baton Rouge, LA Spanish Moon
July 8 Alpine, TX Railroad Blues
July 9 Santa Fe, NM Santa Fe Railyard
July 10 Mosca, CO Zapata Ranch
July 12 Carbondale, CO PAC 3 Theatre
July 13 Paonia, CO Paradise Theatre
July 14 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre
July 15 Lander, WY Lander Bar
July 19 Billings, MT Bones Brewery
July 20 Great Falls, MT Machinery Row
July 21 Missoula, MT The Top Hat
July 22 Boise, ID The Bouquet
July 23 Salt Lake City, UT The State Room
July 27 Albuquerque, NM The Cooperage
July 28 Lubbock, TX The Blue Light
July 29 New Braunfels, TX Gruene Hall

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