James McMurtry Joined by Joan Baez & Steve Earle on 'We Can't Make It Here'


Submitted by -conqueroo Tue, 05/29/2012 - 1:04 pm

In response to the monumental Occupy Movement, “America’s Fiercest Songwriter” James McMurtry has joined forces with Steve Earle and Joan Baez to record a new version of McMurtry’s poignant “We Can’t Make It Here.”  Originally released in 2005 (Childish Things), "We Can’t Make It Here" won the Americana Music Association’s award for “Song of the Year” in 2006.  Critically acclaimed, it’s been cited among The Nation’s "Best Protest Songs Ever”; one of the “25 Best Songs of the 2000s” in Rolling Stone magazine; and declared “a triumph — the anthem of the 99%,” by Bob Lefsetz. Produced by renowned Louisiana musician and producer C.C. Adcock (Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, Li'l Band O' Gold, Doyle Bramhall), the new version of the song is featured as part of the forthcoming release Occupy This Album: a compilation of music by, for and inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement and the 99%. Released by Music for Occupy through Razor & Tie distribution, the four-disc physical and 99-track digital compilation is available now at this link. Proceeds received will go directly to the Occupy Wall Street movement, which began in the financial district of New York on Sept. 17, 2011. The movement can now be found in 951 cities in 83 countries on five continents. More information is available at www.musicforoccupy.org  James McMurtry on TourSat., June 16, 10 p.m.  SANTA BARBARA, CA  Live Oak CampSun., June 17, 7:30 p.m. WINTERS, CA  The Palms; with Jonny BurkeMon., June 18, TBD  PETALUMA, CA  Lagunitas Brewing Company; with Jonny BurkeWed., June 20, 8:15 p.m.  BOISE, ID  Neurolux; with Jonny BurkeThurs., June 21, 1 p.m.  SALT LAKE CITY, UT  Utah Arts FestivalFri., June 22, 9 p.m.  BOZEMAN, MT  Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture; with Jonny BurkeSat., June 23, 8 p.m.  MILES CITY, MT  Eagles ClubSun., June 24, noon  GILLETTE, WY  Donkey Creek Festival at Gillette CollegeTues., June 26, 9 p.m.  DENVER, CO  Bluebird Theater; with Lincoln DurhamWed., June 27, 9 p.m.  FORT COLLINS, CO  Aggie Theater; with Lincoln DurhamFri., June 29, 9 p.m.  DENTON, TX  Dan’s Silverleaf; with Lincoln DurhamSat., June 30, 9 p.m.  AUSTIN, TX  Threadgill’s; with Lincoln DurhamThurs. July 5, 7:15 p.m.  PLANO, TX  Courtyard TheaterSat., July 21, 8 p.m.  NEW BRAUNELS, TX  Gruene HallSun., July 22, 3:30 p.m.  AUSTIN, TX  Uncle Billy’s RooftopFri., Aug. 3, 8:30 p.m.  PHILADELPHIA, PA  Tin Angel