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Todd Snider - 97% match to James McMurtry

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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11 October 1966, Portland, Oregon, USA. Roots rock singer-songwriter/guitarist Snider is a native of Portland, Oregon. He had a rough home life growing up, which led to his running away from home as a teenager with very little money in his pocket. After drifting around, Snider settled down in Texas for a while and began penning songs as a form of therapy. It was not long bef Read more

Robert Earl Keen - 92% match to James McMurtry

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Folk
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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11 January 1956, Houston, Texas, USA. In the mid-70s, Keen befriended Lyle Lovett at Texas A&M University, an establishment that combined academic and military activities. They often sang and played guitar together and they wrote ‘This Old Porch’, which appeared on Lovett’s first album. Keen also formed a bluegrass band, the Front Porch Boys. In 1981, he m Read more

Ray Wylie Hubbard - 91% match to James McMurtry

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1970s 1990s 2000s
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13 November 1946, Soper, Oklahoma, USA. Much of Hubbard’s initial fame rested on his songwriting. Jerry Jeff Walker recorded his composition ‘Up Against The Wall, Redneck Mother’, turning it into a left-field country standard. Hubbard formed the Cowboy Twinkies who released a self-titled debut for Warner Brother Records in 1975, but the album’s failure le Read more

Chris Knight - 90% match to James McMurtry

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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24 June 1960, Slaughters, Kentucky, USA. Country singer-songwriter Knight’s rural upbringing in the backwoods of Kentucky is reflected in his grittily honest tales of small town working men and women far from the bright lights of Nashville. Knight began writing songs as a teenager, inspired by the maverick creative talents of Steve Earle and John Prine, but any thoughts Read more

Bruce Robison - 81% match to James McMurtry

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Holiday & Seasonal
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Hayes Carll - 80% match to James McMurtry

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 2000s
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Joshua Hayes Carll, 1978, Houston, Texas, USA. During his teens Carll heard Bob Dylan, Lyle Lovettand others, and chose music as a career. He attended Hendrix College, Arkansas, studying history and theatre, and from there tried various labouring jobs, visited Croatia for six months, then moved to Austin, Texas. Playing guitar, Carll wrote songs that reflected his early back Read more

Joe Ely - 78% match to James McMurtry

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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9 February 1947, Amarillo, Texas, USA. Singer-songwriter and guitarist Ely is one of the most completely realized artists in contemporary country music, especially in the live situation where he excels. His work for MCA Records in the late 70s is latterly regarded as the link between country rock and so-called new country.Ely moved with his parents in Read more

Dave Alvin - 73% match to James McMurtry

Genres: Blues Country & Bluegrass Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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11 November 1955, Los Angeles, California, USA. The country guitarist Dave Alvin had a successful career with his brother Phil in the Blasters, whose best-known song, ‘Marie Marie’, was a UK hit for Shakin’ Stevens. On leaving the band, he worked with the punk band X and scored the movie Border Radio. His solo albums are typical of his career, being a mixture Read more

Jimmie Dale Gilmore - 70% match to James McMurtry

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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6 May 1945, Amarillo, Texas, USA. Gilmore is one of the many singer-songwriters to emerge from Lubbock; he says, ‘People used to ask us why there is so much music in Lubbock and we’d say that maybe it was the UFOs that came through in the early 50s. There was a famous sighting that was known as the Lubbock Lights.’ Apart from such extra-terrestrial help, Gilmo Read more

The Flatlanders - 63% match to James McMurtry

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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The seminal US country band the Flatlanders was formed in Lubbock, Texas, USA, in 1971. The three main members are all singer-songwriters and guitarists; Joe Ely (9 February 1947, Amarillo, Texas, USA), Jimmie Dale Gilmore (b. 6 May 1945, Amarillo, Texas, USA) and Butch Hancock (b. George Hancock, 12 July 1945, Lubbock, Texas, USA). Ely met Gilmore in Lubbock and, realizing Read more

Rodney Crowell - 61% match to James McMurtry

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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7 August 1950, Houston, Texas, USA. Combining careers as a country songwriter, producer and artist, Crowell rose to fame in the 80s as an influential figure in Nashville’s new breed of country traditionalists, along with Emmylou Harris, in whose Hot Band he worked for three years, Rosanne Cash, and fellow songwriters such as Guy Clark. His songs have been covered by Bob Read more

Guy Clark - 60% match to James McMurtry

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Folk Music Videos & Concerts
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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6 November 1941, Rockport, Texas, USA. Clark has achieved considerably more fame as a songwriter than as a performer, although he is revered by his nucleus of fans internationally. Brought up in the hamlet of Monahans, Texas, Clark worked in television during the 60s, and later as a photographer - his work appeared on albums released by the Texan-based International Artists Read more

Steve Earle - 60% match to James McMurtry

Genres: Blues Country & Bluegrass Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Stephen Fain Earle, 17 January 1955, Fort Monroe, Virginia, USA. Earle’s father was an air-traffic controller and the family was raised in Schertz, near San Antonio, Texas. Earle played an acoustic guitar from the age of 11, but he also terrorized his school friends with a sawn-off shotgun. He left home many times and sang ‘Help Me Make It Through The Night’ a Read more

Alejandro Escovedo - 58% match to James McMurtry

Genres: Blues Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Alejandro Escovedo, 1951, San Antonio, Texas, USA. Singer-songwriter Escovedo is the seventh of 12 children born to a former Mexican prizefighter and musician. The family moved to Texas from the Mexican town of Saltillo when Escovedo was 12, before relocating to southern California by the late 50s. Several of his siblings subsequently became involved in the music industry - Read more

John Prine - 57% match to James McMurtry

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Folk Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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10 October 1946, Maywood, Illinois, USA. His grandfather had played with Merle Travis, and Prine himself started playing guitar at the age of 14. He then spent time in college, worked as a postman for five years, and spent two years in the army. He began his musical career around 1970, singing in clubs in the Chicago area. Prine signed to Atlantic Records in 1971, releasing Read more


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