For Rosa, Maeve and Noreen - Samuel James

 Catalogue #: NBM0056

For Rosa, Maeve and Noreen

  Samuel James is a performer of stunningly singular talent. master of fingerstyle, slide, banjo, harmonica, and piano, this phenom has just turned thirty. With musical influences ranging from Skip James and Sonny Terry to Gus Cannon and Charley Patton, such understanding of pre-war blues is rarely embodied in the music of one person.

But Samuel James is not a revivalist. His songwriting is unparalleled in contemporary blues. His writing is descended from the long forgotten art of the songster. While musically one could compare him to Patton or Cannon, his writing goes in another direction entirely. His songs are often written as linear stories, novels in musical format: O. Henry meets Mose Allison.


""Samuel James was born about 50 years too late. With his slide guitar, scratchy vocals and vintage songwriting, he sounds like Robert Johnson's little brother."
-Lewis Kelly, Vue Weekly, Edmonton

Beyond the standard 'squeeze my lemon' kind of blues lyric, this is more like O. Henry put to music by Son House. OK, that may be pushing it, but there's more to James' lyrics than repetition, and you should know that going in. Johnny Winter comments on his 'great voice and a great playing style! Traditional blues done with a hip twist.' Johnny should
-David Kidney, Greenman Review