The Horses and the Hounds of James McMurtry

James McMurtry New Album

James McMurtry

New Release ‘The Horses and the Hounds’

Out August 20 on New West Records

Acclaimed songwriter James McMurtry will issue The Horses and the Hounds, his first collection in seven years, due August 20 on New West Records.

“There’s a definite Los Angeles vibe to this record. The ghost of Warren Zevon seems to be stomping around among the guitar tracks. Don’t know how he got in there. He never signed on for work for hire.”

James McMurtry

The Horses and the Hounds is a reunion of sorts. McMurtry recorded the new album with legendary producer Ross Hogarth at Jackson Browne’s Groove Masters in Santa Monica, California, a studio housing Bob Dylan, David Crosby as well as Browne himself.

McMurtry and Hogarth first worked together thirty years ago, recording McMurtry’s first two albums and mixing McMurtry’s first self-produced album. Another veteran of those three releases is guitarist David Grissom who appears on the new record.

“James writes like he’s lived a lifetime,” 

John Mellencamp, 1989

“James McMurtry is one of my very few favorite songwriters on Earth and these days he’s working at the top of his game. He has that rare gift of being able to make a listener laugh out loud at one line and choke up at the next. I don’t think anybody writes better lyrics.” 

Jason Isbell

Listen to the first track, “Canola Fields”. The album is available for pre-order on signed, Limited Edition New West Blue Swirl LP, Indie Exclusive Slate Grey LP, Texas Exclusive Blue Swirl LP, and a signed CD.


McMurtry’s Just Us Kids (2008) notched Americana Music Honors & Awards nominations. Childish Things spent six weeks topping the Americana Music Radio chart in 2005 and 2006, and won the Americana Music Association’s Album of the Year, with “We Can’t Make It Here” named the organization’s Song of the Year Other accolades include a 1996 Grammy nomination for Long Form Music Video for Where’d You Hide the Body and an American Indie Award for Best Americana Album for It Had to Happen (1997). 



James McMurtry New Album

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