Monday, 13 February 2012

James Low

The James Low Western Front USA Americana Country Folk
"Whiskey Farmer" Tour: Nov 1st to Nov 18th  2012 

The James Low Western Front is a fearsome four-piece band from Portland, Oregon, playing American Roots / Alt Country music with a distinct outsider-country vision.

In Whiskey Farmer, singer-songwriter James Low has conceived a concept album, depicting the plight of the character in the title: an Average Joe, quirkily portrayed on the album’s front cover by Low himself.

Sadness runs like wood grain through this richly promising album. It is the tale of small-town life gone just wrong enough to be heart-breaking. Thwarted ambition, lost love, world-weariness and cheap booze are the time-honoured and occasionally clichéd staples of country. However, Low skilfully sketches a vivid picture of his subject’s burning resignation and frustration with lyrics rich in detail and poignancy. This is a must-have for anyone who likes their country dry, understated and beautifully bleak but there are some changes of tempo and attitude that bring some welcome upbeat relief.
“Offbeat, original and - given its gloomy subject - curiously enjoyable”

“Cheerful? Not so much. Beautifully wrought and desperately heartbreaking? Yes, and yes, thanks to Low’s steady voice on wearily resigned lyrics, over dusty, Western-style accompaniment from the rest of the band.”
Listen, Dammit

“Low moves his earlier debt to the likes of Townes Van Zandt along the road to Gram Parsons, whose “white man’s soul” ring-fences his band’s groove-filled and shuffling country rock.”
Q Magazine

“One fine piece of work, musically and lyrically. The title track, Whiskey Farmer, evokes Steinbeck like visions of the dust bowl Great Depression, like something out of The Grapes of Wrath.” 
Jersey Joe, Amazon Review

'Thinking California' from James Low on Vimeo.

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Booking Agent
07775 526 881

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