Win Tickets ($50): James McMurtry @ Aladdin Theater | w/ BettySoo

We are giving away a pair of tickets to James McMurtry @ Aladdin Theater on June 19. To win, comment below on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed June 3.


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James McMurtry
June 19, 2024
Doors 7PM, Show 8PM | $25 | All Ages
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Aladdin Theater
3017 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202

In James McMurtry’s new effort, The Horses and the Hounds, the acclaimed songwriter backs personal narratives with effortless elegance (“Canola Fields”) and endless energy (“If It Don’t Bleed”). This first collection in seven years, due August 20 on New West Records, spotlights a seasoned tunesmith in peak form as he turns toward reflection (“Vaquero”) and revelation ( closer “Blackberry Winter”). Familiar foundations guide the journey. “There’s a definite Los Angeles vibe to this record,” McMurtry says. “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.”

The Horses and the Hounds is a reunion of sorts. McMurtry recorded the new album with legendary producer Ross Hogarth (John Fogerty, Van Halen, Keb’ Mo’) at Jackson Browne’s Groovemaster’s in Santa Monica, California, a world class studio that has housed such legends as Bob Dylan (2012’s Tempest) and David Crosby (2016’s Lighthouse) as well as Browne himself for I’m Alive (1993) and New Found Glory, Coming Home (2006). McMurtry and Hogarth first worked together 30 years ago, when Hogarth was a recording engineer in the employ of John Mellencamp at Mellencamp’s own Belmont Studios near Bloomington, Indiana. Hogarth recorded McMurtry’s first two albums, Too Long in the Wasteland and Candyland, for Columbia Records and later mixed McMurtry’s first self-produced album, Saint Mary of the Woods, for Sugar Hill Records. Another veteran of those three releases, guitarist David Grissom (Joe Ely, John Mellencamp, Dixie Chicks), returns with some of his finest work.

Accordingly, the new collection marks another upward trajectory: The Horses and the Hounds will be McMurtry’s debut album on genre-defining Americana record label New West Records (Steve Earle, Rodney Crowell, Lucinda Williams, John Hiatt, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Buddy Miller, dozens more).

McMurtry tours year-round and consistently throws down unparalleled powerhouse performances, reflected in the release of two live discs: the universally lauded Live in Aught-Three on Compadre Records, and 2009’s Live in Europe, which captured the McMurtry band’s first European tour and extraordinary live set. Along with seasoned band members Ronnie Johnson, Daren Hess, and Tim Holt, Live in Europe features special guests Ian McLagan (Faces) and Jon Dee Graham (True Believers, Skunks). (Video of the performance is available on the included DVD.)




  1. Cory on May 21, 2024 at 2:52 pm

    James puts on a great show!!

  2. David G. on May 21, 2024 at 10:35 pm

    I’d love to see him perform his new album!

  3. Tim on May 23, 2024 at 10:37 am

    Great musician, but I’ve never seen him live. Tickets please!

  4. John on May 23, 2024 at 2:32 pm

    Very much looking forward to hearing his new album and would love to see him live!

  5. andi on May 23, 2024 at 3:50 pm

    He’s great and I’d love to see him.

  6. John Ochwat on May 24, 2024 at 10:32 am

    He had me at

    “Strap them kids in
    Give ’em a little bit of vodka
    In a Cherry Coke
    We’re goin’ to Oklahoma
    To the family reunion”

    – from Choctaw Bingo

  7. Denise Windley on May 25, 2024 at 1:34 pm

    It’s been years since I last saw McMurtry live. I would love to return to his show. 🙏

  8. Dave C on May 29, 2024 at 12:38 pm

    I came here to quote Choctaw Bingo lyrics but it’s already been done. Guess I’ll have a sandwich.

  9. Martin on May 30, 2024 at 1:07 pm

    This sounds amazing!

  10. Dar on May 30, 2024 at 3:45 pm

    I’ve been hearing about what a great show James McMurtry puts on and a friend played me some of his new stuff. I’m currently on a tight budget and can’t get tix but would like to go to this show.

  11. Kathryn W on May 31, 2024 at 11:04 pm

    This would be my first time getting the chance to see him live and I’m a sucker for a talented storyteller!

  12. Cindy B on June 1, 2024 at 9:15 am

    Would love to see James McMurtry again. And Betty Soo!

  13. Chloe V on June 4, 2024 at 9:27 pm

    With Betty Soo, too!

  14. C. R. on June 5, 2024 at 2:01 am

    Yo, haven’t heard Jame McMurtry in some time.

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