Jason James

Jason James

by Jason James


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Texan singer/songwriter Jason James puts his own stamp on classic country music with his 2015 self-titled debut on New West Records. With his clean, no-frills approach and gently retro image, it would be tempting to peg James as yet another throwback artist trying to recapture stylistic glories of decades past. While he does recall an earlier, simpler era of country, he does so with a disarming classiness, particularly on the strength of songs like "Welcome to the Blues" and the lead single "I've Been Drinkin' More," a hooky drinking anthem that could hold its own among the genre's best. A native of Texas City on Galveston Bay, James certainly had country music going on all around him, yet his formative years were spent fronting punk and alt-rock bands. His transformation came at the foothills of his father's record crate, where he rediscovered the kind of music that his Lone Star State does so well. You can hear his rock pedigree in the growling rockabilly of "Hot Mouth Mama," which is surely a barn-burning moment on-stage, but his talents feel much better suited to tracks like the wry, Hank Sr.-flavored shuffle "True Blues" or "World of Make Believe," a rich romantic ballad in the mold of George Jones' countrypolitan classics. Supporting James throughout are some top-notch musicians and a pair of veteran producers in John Evans and Keith Gattis. The sound is robust and natural with plenty of fine fiddling, pedal steel work, and baritone guitars punching up all the right places. There is definitely a retro element not unlike what Sturgill Simpson delivered on his Grammy-nominated Metamodern Sounds in Country Music in 2014. But what Simpson did for the freewheeling outlaw '70s, James attempts to do here for old-school '60s country by offering a handsome set of well-written songs in a pleasing, familiar style. It's a sound that suits him both as a writer and a singer on this strong debut effort.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/21/2015
Label: New West Records
UPC: 0607396632121
catalogNumber: 6321
Rank: 137504

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jason James   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Jim Lauderdale   Background Vocals
Glen Duncan   Fiddle
Steve Hinson   Pedal Steel Guitar
George Reiff   Bass
Keith Gattis   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
John Evans   Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals
Kenny Smith   Drums
Jim "Moose" Brown   Piano
Emily Bell   Harmonia
Josh Owen   Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Dave Roe   Bass
John Henry Trinko   Hammond B3
Dave Racine   Drums
Scott Davis   Guitar,Guitar (Baritone)
Robert Ellis   Vocal Harmony
Will Van Horn   Pedal Steel Guitar
Katy Cox   Fiddle
Sean Orre   Fiddle
Elvin Levins   Bass

Technical Credits

Jim Lauderdale   Composer
Odie Blackmon   Composer
John Evans   Composer
Jason James   Composer

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Jason James 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
JR009 More than 1 year ago
TOTALLY addicted to this cd!!! In fact, I'm here to order another copy on vinyl. :) #LOVE