Live Review: James McMurtry w/ Marisa Anderson @ The Birchmere — 4/16/2022

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James McMurtry performs at The Birchmere on April 16, 2022. (Photo by Rashad Polk)

Popularity and respect are two entirely different things. Some artists — and I won’t name names here — are well known but may not be highly esteemed. Other artists command less name recognition, but, amongst those who are aware of them they are held in the highest regard.

James McMurtry is an artist who falls in the latter category: He’s far from a household name, but people who know James McMurtry think the world of him. Those people include his peers in the singer-songwriter community, like Jason Isbell, as well as literary figures like the bestselling author Stephen King and rock critics like Robert Christgau.

James has been making records since the ’80s, and his recent set at The Birchmere covered four decades of material.

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Music Park: James McMurtry @ The Birchmere — 3/26/18

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James McMurtry performs at The Garage in London on Feb. 8, 2017. (Photo by Goggins World)

When you go to a lot of concerts, you pick up on details. At James McMurtry’s recent concert, one detail I picked up on was the quality of the sound mixing. James’s sound was pristine. I’ve never heard clearer vocals at The Birchmere as I did on Monday. At times, James himself adjusted his amp to get it just right.

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Don’t Miss: James McMurtry and John Moreland @ The Birchmere, 3/26/18

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James McMurtry (Photo by Mary Keating-Bruton)

Americana songwriter James McMurtry teams up with rising tunesmith John Moreland to play two weeks of shows across the Midwest and East Coast this month, including a stop at The Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia, on Monday, March 26.

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