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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