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James McMurtry is an American folk singer/songwriter and the son of novelist Larry McMurtry. James McMurtry's father, which gave him the opportunity to get a demo tape to Mellencamp. Mellencamp subsequently served as co-producer on McMurtry's 1989 debut album, Too Long in the Wasteland.

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James McMurtry's father gave him his first guitar at age seven. His mother, an English professor, taught him how to play it. He said of this; "my mother taught me three chords and the rest I just stole as I went along. I learned everything by ear or by watching people".

James McMurtry also appeared on the soundtrack of the film Falling from Grace, working with Mellencamp, John Prine, Joe Ely and Dwight Yoakam in a "supergroup" called Buzzin' Cousins.

In 2005, James McMurtry released his first studio album in 3 years, Childish Things, which received high critical praise. The album was perhaps James McMurtry at his most political, as his working-class anthem "We Can't Make It Here" included direct criticism of George W. Bush, the Iraq War and Wal-Mart.