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Everything about Julian James and his new album ‘Silver Spade’ shouts the love of traditional blues for all to hear. His style is rooted in the old-time acoustic strummers of a bygone era, and he joins next generation artists such as Larkin Poe, Blind Boy Paxton and Pokey LaFarge in bringing authentic new voices to a style that has endured for 100 years.

Still, in his twenties, Julian James has spent most of his adult life on the road, first as the frontman of Blues festival heroes ‘Catfish Voodoo’ and on his own. ‘Silver Spades’ is the second album in his catalogue as a solo artist and Julian brings the experience of a seasoned performer and a fresh perspective to this set of traditional songs by artists like Ma Rainey and early Muddy Waters, as well as originals like the title track Silver Spade.

Tales of love, loss and debauchery from 2018 sit happily with their ancestors from the 1930’s as James deliver his laconic vintage drawl from some porch or other.

Says Julian of his love of old blues: “Catfish Voodoo played straight Chicago Blues, so I started with  Muddy WatersHowlin’ Wolf, and Willie Dixon; and then when I went out solo, I just kept going back in time and discovering people like Mississippi John Hurt, Leadbelly, Son House and knew that’s what I wanted to do.”

‘Silver Spades’ is available from all good music outlets from April 1st.

Julian James Tour Dates

Tues 2 APR

MBAS Tuesday Night Feature, Flemington, VIC

7:30pm – Free entry

Thurs 4 APR

The Gold Dust Lounge, Bendigo, VIC

7:30pm – Tickets at door

Fri 5 APR

Echuca 1895, Echuca, VIC

9:00pm – Free entry

Sat 6 APR

Star Hotel, Yackandandah, VIC

8:30pm – Free entry

Wed 10 APR

The Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS

8:30pm – Free entry

Fri 12 APR

Willies Smith Apple Shed, Grove, TAS

6:30pm – Free entry

Sat 13 APR

Iron Horse, Prospect Vale, TAS

8:00pm – Free emtry

Sun 14 APR

Marakoopa Café, Mayberry, TAS 

3:00pm – Free entry

Thurs 18 APR

Grinners Dive Bar, Hobart, TAS

8:00pm – Free entry

Fri 19 APR

Live at the Wharf, Ulverstone, TAS

5:30pm – Free entry

Sat 20 APR

The Royal Oak, Launceston, TAS

9:00pm – Free entry

Sun 21 APR

MONA, Hobart, TAS

1:00pm – Free entry

Thurs 25 APR

The Welcome Swallow, Brunswick, VIC

8:30pm – Free entry

Sun 28 APR

Pistol Pete’s Food and Blues, Geelong, VIC

3:00pm – Free entry

Fri 3 – Mon 6 MAY

The Wintermoon Festival, Mount Charlton, QLD

Tickets and Info: http://www.wintermoonfestival.com/

Thurs 9 MAY

Paddy’s Irish Pub & Grill, Port Douglas, QLD

7:30pm – Free entry

Fri 10 MAY

The Lion’s Den Hotel, Rossville, QLD

8:00pm – Free entry

Sat 11 MAY

Tablelands Music Lovers, Atherton, QLD


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