- Released: February 1, 2008
- Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
- 1.Painting By Numbers
- 3.Shining Eyes
- 5.Song For A Deck Hand's Daughter
- 6.I'm Not From Here
- 7.Too Long In The Wasteland
- 8.Crazy Wind
- 9.Poor Lost Soul
- 11.Talkin' At The Texaco
Having an in with a couple of famous people might have helped singer/songwriter James McMurtry get through the first swinging door into the music world -- maybe -- but his talents did everything else. This album, Too Long in the Wasteland, is his debut offering. It was produced by John Cougar Mellencamp. The album gives a clear sample of McMurtry's gift of writing lyrics that can transfer in a few short words all that needs to be told to pull the listener into whatever setting or mood McMurtry has decided to create. His lyrics are stories, telling about everyday life, the predictability of work, the troubles of teens, and the pain of love when it isn't all roses and sunshine. Maybe some of his writing talent comes from his father, author Larry McMurtry, known for penning tales such as Lonesome Dove. James McMurtry has a smooth, low voice that carries a Western twang from his life in Texas. Some of the songs on his first album are "Crazy Wind," "Painting by Numbers," "Shining Eyes," and "Poor Lost Soul." All 11 tracks on this debut were written by McMurtry. ~ Charlotte Dillon
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Great Songwriter, Down To Earth Music
Music Lover: Angie Simon
-- September, 16, 2009
James definitely got his talent from his dad, Larry McMurtry (Lonesome Dove, Terms Of Endearment). I discovered this album in 1989, when it first came out. The title song got quite a bit of airplay on the San Antonio station I listened to, so I thought the whole thing might be as good. I bought the tape, as it wasn't available in C.D. format at that time. I was NOT disappointed! The music is good, songs are well-written, all about things pretty much everyone can relate to. Real life...I give it a definite "thumbs up" all the way. It is timeless. I especially like "Talkin' At The Texaco." You almost need to be from Texas to understand a lot of these songs, especially if you're from or lived in a small town. Highly recommended!