James McMurtry Brings Rootsy Rock to Pittsburghby Lauren
Known for his keen observations about everyday life and searing
political statements, singer-songwriter James McMurtry and his band
bring their country-rock sound to the 49th annual Three Rivers Arts
Festival, 7:30 pm, Saturday, June 7, 2008, on the Festival Main Stage.
Special guest Scott Blasey opens the show at 6:30 pm. All Three Rivers
Arts Festival Main Stage performances are free and open to the public.
son of novelist Larry McMurtry, James McMurtry has taken his father’s
gift with words and set it to rock and roll. McMurtry’s recent work has
made it a point to take a hard look at America through descriptive,
honest lyrics and wailing guitar. His newest album, Just Us Kids,
remains firmly rooted in the rock and roll tradition of artists like
Neil Young while exhibiting a political edge.
evokes the times in a way that conjures up Bob Dylan’s work in the
1960s,” said Elizabeth Reiss, executive director of the Three Rivers
Arts Festival. “He’s a masterful singer-songwriter who isn’t afraid to
take political stands that might not always be popular.”
for McMurtry at the Festival will be Scott Blasey of Pittsburgh’s
favorite sons, The Clarks. In 2007, Blasey released his third solo
album entitled Travelin’ On.
Three Rivers Arts Festival presents James McMurtry with special guest
Scott Blasey at 6:30 pm, Saturday, June 7, 2008. Three Rivers Arts
Festival Main Stage. Free.
About the Three Rivers Arts Festival
mission of the Three Rivers Arts Festival is to connect the community
to the arts. The 49th annual Three Rivers Arts Festival runs from June
6-22, 2008. For more information, call the Festival at 412.281.8723 or
visit our website www.artsfestival.net.