Samuel James

Samuel James taken by Stephanie Googe

Samuel James plays the blues.  Is he from New Orleans? Chicago?  New York City?  Nope, none of those.  Samuel James is a from Maine, not only that but he’s in his twenties.  He’s part of a new generation of musicians breathing life back into a music that while faltering in popularity is extremely important to our heritage, way more so then the pop culture statements you’ll see on the big media outlets now a days.  By “our music” I mean American music.  Sometimes I think people forget about the rich history of music created in the USA going back a couple centuries.  Blues is the root of countless genres, yet it came from the humblest beginnings.  Blues in it’s purest form is not overly complicated.  You simply need a musician who loves what he’s doing, understands his grounding and puts his heart it.  Samuel James is one such performer.

On paper Samuel James music looks very simple, one man, one guitar, but the reality is much different.  His impeccable guitar playing, relentless toe tapping and gritty vocals set the stage for some fine story telling.  The way he plays the resonator guitar on songs like “Woo Rosa” you’d swear the reso was invented just for him.  I find his music to be such a breath of fresh air for the blues world where most of the artists seem to be older fellows, not that time lived is a bad thing but for a music genre to survive there has to be a generational progression.  So far James has only a single album “Songs Famed for Sorrow and Joy”.  If this album is any indication of what’s to come from him then we sure are in for a treat because it’s a wonderfully entertaining collection of 13 extremely original blues tunes.  Many of the songs on this album tell stories with subjects ranging from lovers quarrels to chain gang strife.  So if you’re interested in the blues go out and buy it!  This guy needs to be supported so he can make more music!

1 comment to Samuel James

  •  petula

    I think this guy is really talented. When people from our generation and even younger are making new music with roots firmly planted in our musical past, it gives me hope that we’re not all going to be buried by a bunch of rubbish.

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