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James McMurtry's fourth album of new material concerns itself with change. Showing a maturity that doesn't show itself much in the roots rock genre, It Had to Happen winds its way through many stories set to music. "Sixty Acres" deals with inheritance, while "No More Buffalo," a standout cut, dwells on both natural and personal destruction. Tastefully done, McMurtry and his fellow travelers offer fine music done maturely.
Performance CreditsJames McMurtry Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Harmonica,Vocals,Claves,Hand Clapping
Charlie Sexton Bouzouki,Mandolin,Background Vocals
Lisa Mednick Accordion,Keyboards
Lloyd Maines Tambourine,Hand Clapping,Slide Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Chris Searles Percussion,Drums,Hand Clapping
Ronnie Johnson Bass,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Vocal Harmony
Randy Garibay Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Technical CreditsLloyd Maines Producer
Fred Remmert Engineer