Win Tickets ($50): James McMurtry @ Aladdin Theater | w/ Bonnie Whitmore, Roots Rock, Folk, Country

We are giving away a pair of tickets to James McMurtry @ Aladdin Theater on August 7. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, August 5 .


From our sponsors:
James McMurtry
August 7, 2019
Doors 7 p.m., Show 8 p.m. | $25 | All Ages
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Aladdin Theater
3017 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202

The New York Times Magazine’s cover story “25 Songs That Tell Us Where Music Is Going” (Sunday, March 12) prominently features a four-page spread focusing on James McMurtry’s “Copper Canteen,” from his 2015 release Complicated Game. The author points directly to the song’s frequently quoted opening line as a representative passage in McMurtry’s work: “Honey, don’t you be yelling at me while I’m cleaning my gun.”

“Though that line about the gun got a big laugh when McMurtry played it in Dallas,” Ruth Graham writes, “I still don’t know whether to hear it as a joke or a threat, and McMurtry has never been one to offer the easy comfort of a straight answer.”

Additionally, while many fans consider McMurtry an overtly political songwriter (“We Can’t Make It Here Anymore,” “Cheney’s Toy”), Graham notes that he’s actually more concerned with the effect of policy on personal workaday matters. “McMurtry often writes about how seemingly distant political concerns nudge his characters’ choices and prod their psyches,” she says, “the stretched budget of the Veterans Affairs Department or the birth of a new national park’s consuming the neighbors’ land through eminent domain.”

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14 Responses to Win Tickets ($50): James McMurtry @ Aladdin Theater | w/ Bonnie Whitmore, Roots Rock, Folk, Country

  1. Joseph July 16, 2019 at 3:30 am #

    Story teller extraordinary, I would absolutely be down with seeing Mr. McMurtry.

  2. Bonnie Nicholas July 16, 2019 at 1:05 pm #

    James McMurtry is one of the finest songwriters around. I would love to be chosen to receive the tickets to see him live.

    • Dave G. July 18, 2019 at 5:06 pm #

      Someone that has been on my radar for awhile, that I’d love to check off the list!

  3. Robin July 16, 2019 at 5:12 pm #


  4. Cory July 16, 2019 at 5:47 pm #

    I’m into Jamie Mac

  5. Cheryl Cheney July 24, 2019 at 6:58 am #

    Great music!

  6. Steve Parker July 25, 2019 at 5:35 pm #

    Would love to listen to the stories he tells.

  7. Jerry Buchholz July 26, 2019 at 1:19 am #

    I was in my late teens in the late eighties, and I was starting to discover and fall in love with contemporary folk music. My personal soundtrack evolved from Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen and mainstream radio to artists like Tracy Chapman, David Wilcox, John Gorka, Patty Larkin and Nanci Griffith. When I was about 20, I saw the video for James McMurtry’s song, “Painting By Numbers,” which made me go out and buy his Too Long in the Wasteland CD. I still have that CD, although I never did spend a lot of time listening to it. But a few years later, I got the soundtrack to John Mellencamp’s movie Falling from Grace, and got another taste of James McMurtry with one of my all time favorite songs, “Sweet Suzanne.” He only sings a small part of that song, but every time I’ve listened to it over the years (which has to be thousands of times, it’s just so good–what a group!) I’ve thought about him at least briefly. With so much music that I already love, and so much more waiting to explore, I never got around to checking out James McMurtry’s evolution. But a couple of years ago, I stumbled upon a thirty minute performance of his on PBS and realized, I underestimated how much I could love this guy. I connect with his lyrics and love the country flavor of his music. So recently, I have been paying attention and listening to him more. In a way, I can’t believe I let 25 years go by without checking him out again. But then again, I know there must be countless others I could say that about. The good news is, I have rediscovered him, and I really would love to see him live when he comes to Portland in a couple of weeks. If I win tickets, then I’ll be ecstatic because then I’ll know that I can go. If I don’t win, I’m still hoping to go, but i will have to figure out if I can afford it.

  8. Lena Bainbridge July 26, 2019 at 11:04 am #

    I’d love to win because he sounds like an interesting artist to see live!

  9. Cheyenne Terbrueggen July 31, 2019 at 9:18 pm #

    I looked him up when I saw he was playing at the Aladdin. I’d love to catch this show!

  10. Camilla July 31, 2019 at 11:04 pm #

    I started listening to James McMurtry as a kid when my parents would play him. Some of my first songs that I sang as a tot were “walk between the raindrops” and “racing to the redlight”. I recently rediscovered McMurtry in my adulthood and love his songs even more now! Many of the older ones still have sweet childhood nostalgia to me still, but being able to appreciate the lyrics makes it all the better.

  11. Maureen A. August 1, 2019 at 6:02 pm #

    I love James’ music! It would be so awesome to win tickets and see him live!

  12. Alex August 4, 2019 at 10:15 am #

    James is a brilliant songwriter. Would love to see him.

  13. Weston L. August 5, 2019 at 7:06 am #

    James McMurty is an old time favorite. Would love to see him live

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