James McMurtry doesn't necessarily think of himself as a political songwriter, but he's gotten pretty used to other people thinking that. Especially in the aftermath of "We Can't Make It Here," an unforgiving state-of-the-union indictment that the acerbic singer-songwriter distributed as a free download during the 2004 presidential campaign.
While McMurtry hasn't released a studio album since 2008's excellent Just Us Kids, the Texas native has kept busy. He tours extensively, plays weekly Wednesday night gigs at the Continental Club whenever he's back home in Austin, and re-recorded "We Can't Make It Here," with Steve Earle and Joan Baez contributing vocals, as his standout contribution to last year's four-disc Occupy This Album collection.
$18/$15 in advance plus fees at stageonetwelve.com.