AUSTIN, Texas - The awards continue to pile up for roots rocker James McMurtry. McMurtry, the 2006 winner of the Americana Music Association's Song and Album of there year, has just been awarded Esquire's 2007 Esky Award for Biggest Agitator" in the April issue of the magazine. The Agitator" tag refers to McMurtry's recent musical commentaries on the current state of the union - We Can't Make It Here" and God Bless America." The annual Esky Awards recognize musical achievement in areas that aren't explored by typical music awards. The award itself features a mustachioed little man holding up the rock and roll hand sign. Other winners of a 2007 Esky include LCD Soundsystem for Best Soundtrack for Getting Off Your Ass" and Cold War Kids' Matt Maust for Best Advertisement for Indie Rock Medical Insurance." Esquire Magazine has a circulation of over 700,000.
In addition to his Esky, McMurtry was elected into the Austin Chronicle Music Poll Hall of Fame at the Austin Music Awards. The Awards were held last week in Austin, TX during the SXSW Music Conference. The rest of inductees included Paul Ray (of the Cobras), Lucinda Williams, Scratch Acid, Patrice Pike, DJ Casanova, Blues Boy Hubbard and Ernie Mae Miller.
James McMurtry is the son of acclaimed author Larry McMurtry. McMurtry grew up on a steady diet of Johnny Cash and Roy Acuff records. His first album, released in 1989, was produced by John Mellencamp and marked the beginning of a series of critically acclaimed projects for Columbia and Sugar Hill. In 2003, McMurtry joined forces with Houston's Compadre Records and together they released the universally lauded Live in Aught-Three. 2005's Childish Things garnered some of the highest critical praise of McMurtry's career and spent six weeks at number one on R&R's Americana Music Radio Chart in 2005 and 2006. Last September, Childish Things and We Can't Make It Here" won the Americana Music Awards for album and song of the year respectively.
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