In James McMurtry’s new effort “The Horses and the Hounds” the acclaimed songwriter backs personal narratives with effortless elegance (“Canola Fields”) and endless energy (“If It Don’t Bleed”).
“There’s a definite Los Angeles vibe to this record,” McMurtry says. “The ghost of Warren Zevon seems to be stomping around among the guitar tracks. Don’t know how he got in there. He never signed on for work for hire.”
The album was recorded with legendary producer Ross Hogarth (John Fogerty, Van Halen, Keb’ Mo’) at Jackson Browne’s Groovemaster’s in Santa Monica and is McMurtry’s debut album on genre-defining Americana record label New West Records, home of Steve Earle, Rodney Crowell, Lucinda Williams, John Hiatt, Buddy Miller and dozens more.
“McMurtry fuses wry, literate observations about the world with the snarl of barroom rock.” – National Public Radio
“James writes like he’s lived a lifetime” – John Mellencamp
“One of my very few favorite songwriters on Earth and these days he’s working at the top of his game. He has that rare gift of being able to make a listener laugh out loud at one line and choke up at the next. I don’t think anybody writes better lyrics.” – Jason Isbell
“James McMurtry may be the truest, fiercest songwriter of his generation” —Stephen King