Jazz Fest: Monday's Highlights in the Clubs

This first weekend of Jazz Fest 2018 is in the books, and while little music on the weekend was memorable, the weather and small to moderate crowds made it a great time to be at the Fair Grounds. You could rest your feet today after three days of stomping the track, but if you do, you’ll miss out on some pretty cool shows. Monday night is Instruments a-Comin’, a benefit for Tipitina’s Foundation, and the lineup inside is Tipitina’s boiled down to its essence.

Most of What You Think You Know About James McMurtry is Wrong

When I listen to James McMurtry, I feel like I understand libertarians and small government Republicans. Those aren’t the Austin singer/songwriter’s politics; his best known song in recent years is “We Can’t Make It Here,” an across the board takedown of the Conservative efforts to shift more wealth to the wealthy.

James McMurtry vs. The Cringe Factor

"Some music is for escape and we don't want to escape back to reality," James McMurtry says. He's responding to the idea that his songs are almost the opposite of those that come out of Nashville today, songs that are vibrant with nostalgia for events that didn't happen and cinematically amp up the people we were and things we did. "I try to write a little more realism because that's my bent. I can't help it."