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Album: Just Us Kids *
# Song Title   Time
1)    Bayou Tortous
2)    Just Us Kids
3)    God Bless America (Pat Macdonald Must Die)
4)    Cheney's Toy
5)    Freeway View
6)    Hurricane Party
7)    Ruby and Carlos
8)    Brief Intermission
9)    Fire Line Road
10)    Governor, The
11)    Ruins of the Realm
12)    You'd a' Thought (Leonard Cohen Must Die)
 
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: James McMurtry (vocals, guitar, banjo, mandolin); Ronnie Johnson (vocals, bass guitar, 8-string bass); Myra Spector, Lee Scott, Stuart Sullivan (vocals); Daren Hess (whistling, drums, congas, timpani, percussion); C.C. Adcock (guitar); Jon Dee Graham (lap steel guitar); Brian Standefer (cello); Pat MacDonald (harmonica); Ian McLagan (piano, organ); John Nelson (congas).
  • Audio Mixer: Stuart Sullivan.
  • Nearly 20 years into his recording career, James McMurtry's JUST US KIDS reveals a man who has become not only one of America's finest roots-rockers, but one of the most penetrating, incisive songsmiths, wielding a lethal wit and a winning way with sociopolitical commentary. His previous album's protest epic "We Can't Make It Here Anymore" set a high bar that's ably matched here by everything from the bluesy state-of-the-union address, "Cheney's Toy," to national anti-anthem "God Bless America." McMurtry's patented deadpan delivery makes every carefully observed narrative connect like a kidney punch.
Professional Reviews
Entertainment Weekly (p.117) - "It's McMurtry's brilliant character sketches that really shine -- starting with the hilarious, poignant title track..." -- Grade: A-

Dirty Linen (p.77) - "JUST US KIDS screams with political tension. McMurtry speaks out against corporate greed and war profiteering and paints a world of drug addicts, murderers, and corrupt politicians."

Q (Magazine) (p.140) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[H]e's getting better with age....His band, The Heartless Bastards, could hold their own in the rowdiest barroom."

Mojo (Publisher) (p.105) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[H]e's never less than compelling as he takes swipes at the greed of corporations and the conflict in Iraq or conjures up a kind of aural road movie for long-term losers..."

Blender (Magazine) (p.77) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Muscularly arranged with bongolated beats, psychedelic swamp guitars, boogie-woogie pine top and snowballing chorus hooks.....You'd be hard-pressed to find a more hard-boiled depiction of hardscrabble '00s life on the edge of recession..."

Paste (magazine) (p.57) - "[I]t's the ache of 'Ruby and Carlos' that reveals McMurtry's sensitive brilliance as a chronicler of quiet desperation..."
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