James McMurtry, the acclaimed singer, songwriter, and guitarist, began his interest in music at the age of seven when his father, novelist Larry McMurtry, gave him his first guitar. McMurtry’s mother, an English professor, taught him how to play it.
“My mother taught me three chords,” he recalls, “and the rest I just stole as I went along. I learned everything by ear or by watching people.”
Now, in a career spanning 20 years of rock, folk, and americana, McMurtry has crafted a unique repertoire ranging from soft ballads to tough rock songs to political anthems.