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."