Logjam Presents

James McMurtry

Bonnie Whitmore

Top Hat

Missoula, MT
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Logjam Presents is happy to welcome James McMurtry for a live concert performance on Friday, July 20, 2018. Tickets are on sale at 10AM Friday, May 11 at The Top Hat, online or by phone at 877-987-6487. All tickets are general admission standing room only. All ages are welcome. Additional ticketing and venue information can be found here. About James McMurtry “The… Continue Reading

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9:30PM (door) 10:00PM (show)
$18 (Adv.) $20 (DOS) + applicable fees
All Ages
Tickets Event Info

Logjam Presents is happy to welcome James McMurtry for a live concert performance on Friday, July 20, 2018.

Tickets are on sale at 10AM Friday, May 11 at The Top Hatonline or by phone at 877-987-6487. All tickets are general admission standing room only. All ages are welcome.

Additional ticketing and venue information can be found here.

About James McMurtry

“The simple fact is that James McMurtry may be the truest, fiercest songwriter of his generation…” Stephen King | Entertainment Weekly


“Back before Napster and Spotify, we toured to promote record sales. Now we make records to promote tour dates.”

AUSTIN, Texas: James McMurtry spins stories with a poet’s pen (“Long Island Sound”) and a painter’s precision (“She Loves Me”). Proof: The acclaimed songwriter’s new Complicated Game. McMurtry’s first collection in six years spotlights a craftsman in absolutely peak form as he turns from political toward personal (“These Things I’ve Come to Know,” “You Got to Me”). “The lyrical theme is mostly about relationships,” McMurtry says. “It’s also a little about the big old world verses the poor little farmer or fisherman. I never make a conscious decision about what to write about.”

Complicated Game delivers McMurtry’s trademark story songs time and again (“Copper Canteen,” “Deaver’s Crossing”), but the record brings a new (and certainly no less energetic) sonic approach. Simply put: McMurtry brings forth a another new masterpiece.

“How’m I Gonna Find You Now,” the record’s lead single boasts buoyant banjos and driving drums endlessly energetic. Whiplash vocals further frenzy the beat. “I’ve got a cup of black coffee so I don’t get lazy/I’ve got a rattle in the dashboard driving me crazy,” McMurtry effectively raps. “If I hit it with my fist, it’ll quit for a little while/Gonna have to stop to smoke in another mile/Headed into town gonna meet you at the mercantile/Take you to the Sonic get you grinning like a crocodile.”

Such vibrant vignettes consistently turn heads. They have for a quarter century now. Clearly, he’s only improving with time. “James McMurtry is one of my very few favorite songwriters on Earth and these days he’s working at the top of his game,” says Americana all-star Jason Isbell. “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.” “James writes like he’s lived a lifetime,” echoes iconic roots rocker John Mellencamp. Yes. Spin “South Dakota.” You’ll hear.

Further evidence: McMurtry’s Just Us Kids (2008) and Childish Things (2005). The former earned his highest Billboard 200 chart position in nearly two decades and notched Americana Music Award nominations. Meanwhile, Childish Things 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.

Of course, Complicated Game doubles down on literate storytelling longtime enthusiasts expect. Recall high watermarks past: “Childish Things,” “Choctaw Bingo,” “Peter Pan,” “Levelland,” and “Out Here in the Middle” only begin the list. (Yes, Robert Earl Keen covered those last two, “Levelland” remaining a live staple.) Just Us Kids alone includes fan favorites “Hurricane Party,” “Ruby and Carlos” and “You’d a Thought.” High watermarks deliver equal measures depth and breadth and pierce hearts with sharp sociopolitical commentary (“Fireline Road”).

More history: 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.

In 2004, McMurtry released the universally lauded Live in Aught-Three on Compadre Records. The following year, Childish Things notched arguably his most critical praise, spending six weeks at No. 1 on the Americana Music Radio Chart in 2005 and 2006. In September 2006, Childish Things and “We Can’t Make It Here” won the Americana Music Awards for Album and Song of the Year, respectively. McMurtry received more Americana Music Award nominations for 2008’s Just Us Kids. This album marked his highest Billboard 200 chart position in more than nearly two decades.

In 2009, Live in Europe was released, capturing the McMurtry band’s first European tour and extraordinary live set. Along with seasoned band members Ronnie Johnson, Daren Hess, and Tim Holt, the disc features special guests Ian McLagan (The Faces) and Jon Dee Graham (True Believers, Skunks). Also, for the first time ever, video of the James McMurtry Band’s live performance is available on the included DVD.

The poignant lyrics of his immense catalog still ring true today. In 2011, “We Can’t Make It Here” was cited among The Nation’s “Best Protest Songs Ever.” “‘We Can’t Make It Here,’” Bob Lefsetz wrote, “has stood the test of time because of its unmitigated truth.”

McMurtry tours year round and consistently throws down unparalleled powerhouse performances. The Washington Post notes: “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.”

Bonnie Whitmore

Bonnie Whitmore is bold. She doesn’t shy away from difficult conversations and brings important topics to life in her songs. She can be delicate and vulnerable like Patty Griffin, and bold and powerful like Bonnie Raitt.

On the heels of last years critically acclaimed album Fuck With Sad Girls, which channeled feminist frustration into pop-rock sing-alongs, Bonnie has spent the year touring and recording a fourth album.

Last Will and Testament, recorded at Austin’s Ramble Creek by the masterful Britton Beisenherz, will be released this fall and is a beautiful follow-up flowing with maturity and independence. The album contains 9 originals, soaked with honesty and awareness. She also included a cover of Centro-matic’s Flashes and Cables as a love letter to one of her favorite bands.

Whitmore’s lineage is ripe with musical influence. She grew up steeped in country music, touring alongside her parents, Alex and Martha Whitmore, and older sister Eleanor (now one-half of alt-country outfit The Mastersons with husband Chris Masterson) beginning at eight years old. Daddy & the Divas featured a vivacious young Bonnie on bass and Eleanor on violin, both belting out their share of tunes. Whitmore’s father, who was a professional pilot, would fly the family to gigs at remote Texas bars and crowded festivals. Bonnie and Eleanor have both followed their father’s footsteps and became licensed pilots.

Today’s Bonnie Whitmore is no longer the curly headed little girl covering classic country songs. She’s a strong woman, a lyrical powerhouse comfortable with vulnerability and unafraid of stirring the proverbial pot. Her voice still booms, only now with well-earned self-assurance and an inherent urge to right the world’s wrongs.