Kroger Fest-A-Ville @ Waterfront Park
Free with Pegasus Pin; 7 p.m.
James McMurtry is the kind of singer-songwriter whose life inspires movies like “Walk the Line” and “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” His astute observations on the human condition influence enigmatic characters like Bad Blake in last year’s Oscar winner “Crazy Heart.” After 10 years, eight studio albums and two live records, McMurtry’s legacy is etched forever in the annals of Americana. You’ll hear why when he performs as part of Kentucky Derby Festival’s concert series tonight. Born and raised in Texas and the son of novelist Larry McMurtry, James has an arsenal of songs at his disposal that employ graceful language, bleak narratives and rich characters to paint a distinguished picture of America. Will Hoge joins. No coolers, cans, bottles or pets. —Brent Owen