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James McMurtry 

When: Thu., April 28, 8 p.m. 2011
Price: $24.50, $26.50
Populist singer-songwriter James McMurtry is the kind of country music artist who scares the wits out of execs content to soothe the masses with the inoffensive stylings of Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban. McMurtry is an unabashed liberal whose songs cast a critical eye on everything from greedy oil profiteers to the current crystal meth epidemic. Famous fans include Independent Vermont senator Bernie Sanders and author Stephen King (who called the singer-songwriter's "We Can't Make It Here" the best American protest song since "Masters of War," and even went so far as to use the lyrics from McMurtry's "Talking at the Texaco" as a literary Greek chorus in his recent novel, Under the Dome). And while 2008's Just Us Kids was the Austin-based artist's last studio outing, the song "Cheney's Toy" was a sure sign that McMurtry wasn't done railing at the Right. With the recent reissues of the overtly political outings Live in Aught-Three and Just Us Kids, expect plenty of soapbox singing and orating on Thursday, April 28 at Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse (2020 Addison St., Berkeley).8 p.m., $24.50, $26.50. BiscuitsandBlues.com.
— Dave Gil de Rubio

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