|Genres:||Country & Bluegrass|
|Tags:||singer-songwriter alt-country americana folk texas country|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
|Links:||discogs lyrics official homepage social network streaming music VIAF wikidata wikipedia|
18 March 1962, Fort Worth, Texas, USA. Raised in Leesburg, Virginia, McMurtrys father is award-winning novelist and screenwriter Larry McMurtry. Encouraged by his mother, an English teacher, James began playing guitar at the age of seven and soon began showing musical ability and a liking for country and rock. He began writing songs during his teens, occasionally performing them in Tucson, while attending the University of Arizona where he studied English and Spanish. He tried various jobs in different parts of the country, always writing songs and in 1987 was a winner in a contest for writers of folk songs. On the soundtrack of Falling From Grace (1992), McMurtry sang with the Buzzin Cousins (John Mellencamp, John Prine, Joe Ely and Dwight Yoakam). The film was scripted by his father and was directed by and starred Mellencamp and the latter produced McMurtrys acclaimed debut album, 1989s Too Long In The Wasteland. The collection...