Montana Public Radio

Marc Cohn, James McMurtry In The 'Musician's Spotlight'

Nov 19, 2019

From the Musician’s Spotlight archives: a pair of programs featuring Marc Cohn and James McMurtry, each of which won a Montana Broadcasters Association’s E.B. Craney Award for best non-commercial radio program.

In 1991, Cleveland pianist-singer-songwriter Marc Cohn emerged from out of nowhere with "Walking in Memphis," a song that climbed to #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and earned him a Grammy the following year. Since then, Cohn's "emotionally stirring compositions, deeply personal yet universal, and easy, husky voice [have] earned him a devoted following and a reputation as a musician’s musician." Somehow, getting shot in the head in 2005 only sharpened his focus.

Never one to hold back his opinion - musically, politically or otherwise - there’s rarely a dull moment in a conversation with James McMurtry ("America's fiercest singer-songwriter" - CNN). John Floridis and McMurtry talk about his 25-year career, live performance, his family storytelling pedigree, and his first studio release after a six-year gap, "Complicated Game."

(Broadcast: Musician's Spotlight,  11/19/19. Listen on the radio Tuesdays, 7 p.m., or via podcast.)