Alt Country Veteran James McMurtry Plans Return to Missoula

Alternative country singer-songwriter James McMurtry will make his way back to the Top Hat for a live concert performance on Saturday, August 10, 2019. Texas-based indie Americana artist Bonnie Whitmore will open for James.

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McMurtry has played in Missoula several times before, nearly selling out each time he performs. Check out the photo galleries from his last two Top Hat shows here.

McMurtry critically lauded first album Too Long in the Wasteland (1989) was produced by John Mellencamp and marked the beginning of a series of acclaimed projects for Columbia and Sugar Hill Records. In 1996, McMurtry received a Grammy nomination for Long Form Music Video for Where’d You Hide the Body. Additionally, It Had to Happen (1997) received the American Indie Award for Best Americana Album.

Childish Things (2005) scored endless critical praise and spent six full weeks topping the Americana Music Radio chart in 2005 and 2006. In 2006, Childish Things won the Americana Music Association’s Album of the Year and “We Can’t Make It Here” was named the rapidly rising organization’s Song of the Year. McMurtry’s Just Us Kids (2008) earned his highest Billboard 200 chart position in nearly two decades and notched Americana Music Award nominations.

McMurtry tours year round and consistently throws down unparalleled powerhouse performances. The Washington Post said, “Much attention is paid to James McMurtry’s lyrics and rightfully so: He creates a novel’s worth of emotion and experience in four minutes of blisteringly stark couplets. What gets overlooked, however, is that he’s an accomplished rock guitar player … serious stuff, imparted by a singularly serious band.”

Tickets go on sale Friday, May 17th at 10AM at the Top Hatonline or by phone at 1 (800) 514-3849. All tickets are general admission standing room only with limited bench seating available on a first come first served basis. All ages are welcome. Additional ticketing and venue information can be found here.

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