Alt-Country artist James Van Cooper is on tour to celebrate the release of his red-hot debut album ‘Coming Home’ and will be bringing the tour too Newcastle’s Stag & Hunter Hotel this Saturday, 27 October, James has also announced a new support artist, popular local Newcastle folk singer-songwriter, Georgina Grimshaw, following the withdrawal of Axle Whitehead from the tour due to health reasons.
Van Cooper’s brilliant debut Americana album, Coming Home, which was recorded in Los Angeles and dropped in early September, is available now across all digital platforms. CD collectors can grab a copy at the live shows, where Van Cooper will perform all the songs from the new album and more.
The ten-tracker features Van Cooper’s first single, Passing Through, and classic uptempo rollick and second single, Goodbye My Friends. All tracks bar one were written by Van Cooper, with the album produced in the US by Scott Campbell. It’s edgy, alt-country cool, and was recorded with renowned session players, (including Steve Taylor (piano, keyboards), Hayley Brownell (drums, percussion), Rodrigo Moreno (bass guitar) and Matt Pynn (lap steel on Passing Through and Come Home), with Van Cooper on lead vocals, harmonies, acoustic and electric guitars.)
For a 22-year-old, the maturity to his guitar playing, voice and sound goes well beyond his years along with his songwriting prowess, making Coming Home more than just a change of direction for the young musician often described as “quirky” – it’s an arrival. Van Cooper wouldn’t have it any other way.
Check him out this Saturday at The Stag & Hunter in Mayfield. Doors 6pm/tickets $20 on the night.