Listen to James McMurtry on NPR’s Mountain Stage
It’s hard for me to even talk about James McMurtry without the hair standing up on the back of my neck. He’s just that original, and that good. This set, recorded in the fall of 2011, includes the song “We Can’t Make It Here,” which influential music industry blogger Bob Lefsetz called “the best protest song of the 21st century.”

Listen to James McMurtry on NPR’s Mountain Stage

It’s hard for me to even talk about James McMurtry without the hair standing up on the back of my neck. He’s just that original, and that good. This set, recorded in the fall of 2011, includes the song “We Can’t Make It Here,” which influential music industry blogger Bob Lefsetz called “the best protest song of the 21st century.”

The media talked about Dick Clark. The people talked about Levon Helm.


He didn’t do it to become famous, certainly not rich. His parents didn’t buy him the best equipment available, they didn’t dun everybody they came in contact with, saying how great a player he was and he deserved to make it, no, Levon Helm followed his muse, the music, to the point his death impacted a spectrum of people from the barely-pubescent to the nearly-deceased. That’s how good he was.

Bob Lefsetz on Levon Helm.