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LISTEN: James McMurtry Has Our Mountain Stage Song Of The Week

A man with long hair and a hat plays the guitar.
James McMurtry performs on this week's encore episode of Mountain Stage.
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This week’s encore episode of Mountain Stage features one of Americana music’s most heralded and admired writers, James McMurtry, with songs from his album, The Horses and the Hounds, on New West Records.

We also get a set of enchanting new music from Aoife O’Donovan, a high-energy performance from the effervescent Sammy Rae & The Friends, plus Nashville based hit writer Natalie Hemby, and songwriter Heather Maloney.

Our Song of the Week, “Vaquero,” is another masterpiece from McMurtry, whose writing manages to capture the unique human experience in particularly vivid ways.

mira vaquero (look yonder vaquero)
se pone el sol (the sun sets)
buen caballero viajando con Dios (fine horseman, travelling with God)
mira vaquero (look yonder vaquero)
no miramos atras (we don’t look back)
nos vamos al campo (let us go to the cow camp)
una vez mas, una vez mas (one more time, one more time)

“Vaquero” appears on McMurtry’s latest on New West Records, The Horses and the Hounds.

This encore episode begins Friday, June 9 on these public radio stations.

If you are listening overseas or on a smart device, the Mountain Stage podcast of this episode is now available.