Curtis McMurtry

Curtis McMurtry

 Austin, Texas, USA
SoloAmericanaFolk

Lyrically-driven Americana music influenced as much by Dorothy Fields as Townes Van Zandt. Painfully direct songs about guilt, spite, and intimacy.

Biography

Though Curtis McMurtry is only 24 years of age, many of the characters in his songs seem to have given up on life decades ago. His debut solo album Respectable Enemy (August 2014, produced by Will Sexton and engineered by James Stevens) chronicles the narrations of unapologetically bitter individuals still haunted by the ghosts of lovers and friends they have long since driven away. Few other songwriters inhabit such lonely, spiteful people with such conviction. From the doomed narrator of "Foxhole" to the resigned nostalgia of "Eleanor's House" Curtis writes to break your heart into sharp, jagged pieces.

Curtis was born and raised in Austin, Texas and grew up listening to local songwriters like Matt The Electrician, Jon Dee Graham, and his father, James McMurtry. From 2009-2013 Curtis studied music composition at Sarah Lawrence college in Bronxville, NY, primarily writing contemporary chamber music for banjo and strings. In 2013, Curtis moved to Nashville to sharpen his songwriting skills by co-writing with veteran writers including Fred Koller and Guy Clark.