Monday, December 28, 2015

Best Music of 2015:
#6 James McMurtry - Complicated Game

Another of this year's top ten newcomers, James McMurtry was basically discovered by John Mellencamp back in 1989. 10 or so studio albums later and he's finally showed up on my radar.

McMurtry's is kind of a no-nonsense style of working man's indie folk, if that makes even the slightest bit of sense. For that reason, I'm pairing Complicated Game with Bell's Hopslam, because the name suggests it's not messing around, but its acerbic nature is mellowed out a bit by the addition of honey to the brew.


  1. I also thought this McMurtry album was strong- this song reminds of some of his best story telling songs ala Choctaw Bingo-
    enjoying your lists

  2. The song "Long Island Sound" is a real treat. I've lived here for 16 years and still sometimes feel like an outsider looking in.