Thursday’s Music

James McMurtry.

Giving you the music a day early:

It has been almost seven years since Texas singer/songwriter James McMurtry released “We Can’t Make It Here,” an indictment of the Bush years, but the tune still rings true today. (Think about the opening line: “Vietnam vet with a cardboard sign/Sitting there by the left turn line.”) McMurtry is a good-old-fashioned Americana artist, known for his gruff vocals, no-frills rock and workingman tunes, but also a fan of literary tunes. (Check out “Choctaw Bingo.”) After all, he is the son of literary giant Larry McMurtry. And James McMurtry is bringing his literary tunes to Stickyz. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 day of show with the music starting at 8:30 p.m. with Jonny Burke, a fellow Texas singer/songwriter who goes from gently beautiful folk gallops on “El Paso” to barn-burning bar rock on “Lost in the Forest.” It’s an 18-and-up night.

Epiphany at Rev Room — consider this the second CD release party (there was a listening party earlier this month) for the Little Rock hip-hop artist’s “second” debut album, Such Is Life, a rock-solid collection of hip-hop with beats from Kwestion and others, and special guests such as Gina Gee. But even though he held a listening party for the album earlier, Piph at Rev Room will be the first time the hip-hop artist has performed tunes from Such Is Life, and he will do so with a live band. It’s a 21-and-up show with the doors opening at 9 p.m. with a $10 cover. Ladies get in for $5 before 10:30 p.m. Such Is Life is available through Epiphany’s website bigpiph.com.

The great Jim Mize is an artist who describes his music in his own words, calling his genre of music “Rural Grinder Sausage.” That’s not exactly a literal explanation so for people unfamiliar with the great, Conway-based singer/songwriter a better description of Mize’s music is tunes that channel rock ‘n’ roll, country honky tonk and dirty Delta blues into must-hear roots rock. Now, fans of Mize’s work are still patiently waiting on a follow-up to Release It to the Sky, but until then, fans will just have to enjoy the masterful songwriter’s regular visits to Little Rock, this time at White Water Tavern. The music starts at 9 p.m. with the blues rock of Louisiana singer/songwriter Buddy Flett.

Here’s James McMurtry with his “Choctaw Bingo”:

Choctaw Bingo