Thursday 18 October 2012 at 8:30pm
The Georgian Theatre
Green Dragon Yard, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1AT, United Kingdom
Tel: 01642 674 115
We're super excited to team up with our friends The Kids Are Solid Gold to bring you a full band show from Nebraska singer-songwriter, Joshua James.
Joshua James is often compared to Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Ray LaMontagne & Bright Eyes and is known for his intimate vocal style and bittersweet lyrics, often dealing with tragedy, religion, and substance abuse.
James has been writing and singing songs for only six short years, but the 25-year-old heartland poet has the perspective of a wise, old soul. His new album has been recorded with acclaimed producer and newest member of The Shins, Richard Swift. This is a great show.
Support comes from Pip Mountjoy and The Winterhill Transmission.
"This 25-year-old songwriter already has the wisdom to know that if you're going to serve up a blood-drenched biblical allegory, you best have an old soul's voice to sing it with. Every line rings with desperation and a desire for salvation." - Esquire magazine
“With a hoarse, sweet voice that can fly from tremulous fragility to soulful roar, James brings a kind of grunge rock drive to rootsy folk, fueled by a gloomy existentialism and political rage.” - The Telegraph
“If you think Conor Oberst is the most interesting folky singer-songwriter in America, that just might be because you haven’t heard Joshua James yet...” - Sunday Times
“Fans of Conor Oberst could do far worse than giving this a listen.” - Q Magazine
“This is a man who can don and peel off masks with every track… The disguises are so convincingly worn that which one is the “real” Joshua James matters not one whit.” - Uncut
“A young American trailing his fingers in the plankton-rich surface waters of old American music; an album themed almost biblically, around the mystique of the US landscape and history.” - The Independent on Sunday
“Coal War starts life as a sparse, modest, orthodox gospel, and dies as ecstatic psychedelic epic.” - The Guardian Guide
“Purposeful and elegantly marshalled primal folk…” - The Daily Mirror
“James fills songs with images of burning boats and burning letters, blood on the floor, deep incisions and cancer. He delivers in a raspy voice that sounds wounded at all the right times” - Paste Magazine
“James is a songwriter with more than just a hint of beauty in his voice and his words seem to come from the ends of dusty roads and bottomless nights that just keep on stretching and stretching and feeling as if they'll never turn.” - Daytrotter
“Passionate, bloody minded songwriting from a man on a mission.” - Pandora
“James specializes in lyrics that cut right through listeners with their sincerity and honesty. With a tender, scratchy voice that often cracks with emotion, and a clear understanding of the vivid storytelling that defines folk music, he commands attention effortlessly” - NPR
“A young Midwestern singer-songwriter who writes hard-bitten songs of family tragedies and sings them in a voice that's as sun-bleached and wind-battered as a Nebraska cornfield.” - Variety