The Savage Oakes Vineyard & Winery Summer Concert Series will conclude Saturday, Sept. 3, with a free performance by singer/songwriter James McMurtry beginning 2 p.m. at Savage Oakes, 175 Barrett Hill Road.

McMurtry has been touring this summer in support of “Complicated Game,” the acclaimed songwriter’s first album in six years. For the third straight year, he will return to Savage Oakes Vineyard & Winery for a Labor Day weekend concert. “Complicated Game” spotlights a craftsman in absolutely peak form as he turns from political toward personal.

“The lyrical theme is mostly about relationships,” McMurtry said. “It’s also a little about the big old world vs. the poor little farmer or fisherman. I never make a conscious decision about what to write about.”

McMurtry’s vibrant musical vignettes have been turning heads for a quarter century now. Clearly, he’s only improving with time. Americana all-star Jason Isbell said McMurtry is one of his “very few favorite songwriters on Earth”; iconic roots rocker John Mellencamp is another big fan.

Gates open at noon, and food and drink will be available for purchase. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets, as seating will be limited. The concert will take place rain or shine; and is all-ages, free and open to the public.

Savage Oakes is located a third of a mile off Route 17. For more information, call 785-2828 or visit

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or