McMurtry caps Savage Oakes summer

Aug 19, 2014
James McMurtry

Union — The Savage Oakes Vineyard and Winery free Summer Concert Series will conclude Sunday afternoon, Aug. 31, with a performance by singer/songwriter James McMurtry. The 2 p.m. concert will take place rain or shine and is all for ages, free and open to the public. Food and drink will be available for purchase beginning at noon. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets, as seating is limited.

The son of acclaimed author Larry McMurtry (“Lonesome Dove,” “Terms of Endearment”), James McMurtry grew up on a steady diet of Johnny Cash and Roy Acuff records. His first album, 1989’s “Too Long in the Wasteland,” was produced by John Mellencamp and marked the beginning of a series of acclaimed projects for Columbia and Sugar Hill. In 1996, McMurtry received a Grammy nomination for his longform music video of “Where'd You Hide The Body.” In 1997, “It Had To Happen” received the American Indie Award for Best Americana Album.

In 2004, McMurtry released the universally lauded “Live in Aught-Three” on Compadre Records; and the next year’s “Childish Things” garnered some of the highest critical praise of his career and spent six weeks at No. 1 on the Americana Music Radio Chart. 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.” Never one to rest on his laurels, McMurtry continues to tour constantly and consistently puts on a must-see powerhouse performance.

Savage Oakes is located at 174 Barrett Hill Road, just 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

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