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Beside Myself

Drew James

Drew collaborated with the multi-talented producer/ musician Bruce Kaphan and top notch studio musicians to create an album Drew describes as a musical photo album of his life

Award winning songwriter Drew James performs his solo act all over the west coast, primarily in the bay area. Drew’s songs receive airplay around the globe.

On Drew's “Beside Myself” CD (2019) he collaborated with the multi-talented producer/ musician Bruce Kaphan to create an album Drew describes as his “life cycle” songs. He likens the CD's series of songs to a musical photo album of his life. Drew enlisted a top notch group of studio musicians to create a soundtrack around his heartfelt lyrical songs.

Drew's studio releases ”Out to Lunch (2017), “Love Through a Prism” (2015), “Screaming at the Sky” (2012) and “Mystic Rhythm Fingers” (2010) include his most requested songs. His 2007 acoustic release "Way Beyond the Maze" includes the Great American Song Contest award winner "You Can Cry to Me" and the Billboard World Song Contest award winner “Thicker than Blood.” His 2006 release “The Last Second Chance,” produced by Bruce Kaphan, was submitted for Grammy consideration. It includes the Billboard Song Contest award winner "That Old Friday Night Feeling." The CD was also featured at the Toofy Film Festival in Boulder, Colorado. He appeared on Shuteye Records’ “United State of Americana” compilation CD that made it to #53 on the Americana Music Association charts in 2005.

“On his The Last Second Chance CD (2006), Drew James has created his own music realm, attractive and hospitable to any Real Music lover, no matter his or her genre preferences.” ….. “The more you play this record, the better it sounds. Drew James' music world is a place to stay - you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave".” - Paul Bondarovski, Midnight Special Blues Radio

“As Far As I Know subscribes to traditional roots songwriting, but bends the rules slightly by subverting traditional sounds with intimate singer/songwriter blues tones” – Ryan Hoffer, Shuteye Records A&R

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Blue Glass Blues

Drew James

Old School plays New Retro Folky Americana

Drew's studio releases ”Out to Lunch (2017), “Love Through a Prism” (2015), “Screaming at the Sky” (2012) and “Mystic Rhythm Fingers” (2010) include his most requested songs. His 2007 acoustic release "Way Beyond the Maze" includes the Great American Song Contest award winner "You Can Cry to Me" and the Billboard World Song Contest award winner “Thicker than Blood.” His 2006 release “The Last Second Chance,” produced by Bruce Kaphan, was submitted for Grammy consideration. It includes the Billboard Song Contest award winner "That Old Friday Night Feeling." The CD was also featured at the Toofy Film Festival in Boulder, Colorado. He appeared on Shuteye Records’ “United State of Americana” compilation CD that made it to #53 on the Americana Music Association charts in 2005.

“On his The Last Second Chance CD (2006), Drew James has created his own music realm, attractive and hospitable to any Real Music lover, no matter his or her genre preferences. Strictly speaking, the album is recorded in a folk-rock key, but there's so much True Blue feeling in every track that they sound "more Blues" to me than many of the "canonized" 12-bar standards. The arrangements and performance are tasteful and natural, and the production is simply perfect (a George Martin level work done by guitarist Bruce Kaphan). To those yet deciding whether to buy or not this CD, I'd say it'd be one of their best investments, a "long term" one - the more you play this record, the better it sounds. Drew James' music world is a place to stay - "you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave".” - Paul Bondarovski, Midnight Special Blues Radio

“As Far As I Know subscribes to traditional roots songwriting, but bends the rules slightly by subverting traditional sounds with intimate singer/songwriter blues tones” – Ryan Hoffer, Shuteye Records A&R

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Out to Lunch

Drew James

Drew's lyrical and musical style earned him the title of "Master of the Bittersweet" from Butch Kara of KZGM-FM. Out to Lunch is very true to this style.

Drew's “Out to Lunch” collection serves up his newest round of “road tested” songs that receive top attention from fans. The CD begins with “Miss Lucy,” a jumping tune that frequently inspires dancing within the crowds at his gigs. Drew then leads us on a musical journey (in his inimitable storytelling style) exploring the emotional meanings of love, home, regret and the challenges of life. The CD ends with “Sign of the Times” a tribute to Bob Thompson who helped build the manned space capsule that landed on the moon in 1969. Drew is most proud of his vocal and guitar work on this CD.Award winning songwriter Drew James performs his solo act all over the west coast, primarily in the bay area, including the Bread and Roses concert series. Drew’s songs receive airplay around the globe.

Drew's studio releases ”Out to Lunch (2017), “Love Through a Prism” (2015), “Screaming at the Sky” (2012) and “Mystic Rhythm Fingers” (2010) include his most requested songs. His 2007 acoustic release "Way Beyond the Maze" includes the Great American Song Contest award winner "You Can Cry to Me" and the Billboard World Song Contest award winner “Thicker than Blood.” His 2006 release “The Last Second Chance,” produced by Bruce Kaphan, was submitted for Grammy consideration. It includes the Billboard Song Contest award winner "That Old Friday Night Feeling." The CD was also featured at the Toofy Film Festival in Boulder, Colorado. He appeared on Shuteye Records’ “United State of Americana” compilation CD that made it to #53 on the Americana Music Association charts in 2005.

“On his The Last Second Chance CD (2006), Drew James has created his own music realm, attractive and hospitable to any Real Music lover, no matter his or her genre preferences. Strictly speaking, the album is recorded in a folk-rock key, but there's so much True Blue feeling in every track that they sound "more Blues" to me than many of the "canonized" 12-bar standards. The arrangements and performance are tasteful and natural, and the production is simply perfect (a George Martin level work done by guitarist Bruce Kaphan). To those yet deciding whether to buy or not this CD, I'd say it'd be one of their best investments, a "long term" one - the more you play this record, the better it sounds. Drew James' music world is a place to stay - "you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave".” - Paul Bondarovski, Midnight Special Blues Radio

“As Far As I Know subscribes to traditional roots songwriting, but bends the rules slightly by subverting traditional sounds with intimate singer/songwriter blues tones” – Ryan Hoffer, Shuteye Records A&R

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Love Through a Prism

Drew James

Musical interpretations of the different colors buried in the spectrum of love's emotions – joy, mystery, longing, exhileration, desire, heartbreak, ecstasy and exasperation. Love objects inspiring these songs extend beyond the romantic.

Visit drewjames.net for a tour of Drew's musical world

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Screaming At the Sky

Drew James

The musical vibe of early Tom Waits along with the lyrical intensity of Leonard Cohen delivered to you in a smooth vocal style reminiscent of Gordon Lightfoot and Fred Neil

Screaming At the Sky is a one man show with Drew on guitars, harmonica and keyboards, recorded in his own studio. As with his earlier albums, many of the songs on Screaming At the Sky deal with life's unfairness, and also with those epiphanies that somehow reveal to us what's really important. We're going to hear three of the twelve songs on Screaming At the Sky, and we'll start off with one of those songs about life's uncertainties - which happens to be the title track. -- Butch Kara - KZGM- FM Kaleidoscope Program 77 Announcer's Transcript

Drew's music exhibits a very unique style. This derives from his rhythmic acoustic guitar and his "easy listening" clear vocals. You immediately begin to appreciate his clear vocals as Drew draws you in with his storylike songwriting. When decorated with his subtle but effective harmonica and keyboard accompaniment, the songs tease you into listening again and again -- with the reward of growing more pleasing with each listen. You will not be disappointed.

Award winning songwriter Drew James performs his solo act all over the west coast, primarily in the bay area. Drew’s songs receive airplay in the U.S. and Europe. His favorite venues are open air fairs, markets and festivals.

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Mystic Rhythm Fingers

Drew James

The most often requested previously unrecorded "Road Tested" tunes. These 12 songs were recorded so as to capture their live sound. The sparse and subtle instrument accompaniments will draw you back to listen again and again.

This is Drew's first "hands on" recording at Road Tested Tunes Studios. He recorded the basic guitar and vocal tracks at Niagara Falls (Bruce Kaphan's California Studio.) The recording process coupled acoustic microphones on vocals and guitar with a recording from a live sound system. The mixing process integrated these two sonic frameworks to closely produce a live show sound. Keyboard and other instrument accompaniments were added at Road Tested Tunes and the CD was mixed there with Bruce as mixing consultant. Unusual accompaniments were chosen to enhance the acoustic guitar and vocal performance.

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The Last Second Chance

Drew James

Drew's original music is an eclectic mix of Americana, blues, rock and folk. He adopts each of these styles as his own using a highly melodic, traditional songwriting style. His main influences are Tom Waits, Steve Earle, R.L Burnside, Lucinda Williams.

Award winning songwriter Drew James, a San Francisco native, began writing and performing his own contemporary folk songs in 1996. He performs his solo act all over the west coast, primarily in the bay area, including the Bread and Roses concert series. Drew’s songs have received airplay in the U.S. and Europe.

His 2007 acoustic CD release "Way Beyond the Maze" is an intimate set of songs, including the 2006 Great American Song Contest award winner "You Can Cry to Me" and the 15th Billboard World Song Contest award winner “Thicker than Blood.” In 2006 he released “The Last Second Chance,” produced by Bruce Kaphan, which was submitted for Grammy consideration. It includes the Billboard Song Contest award winner "That Old Friday Night Feeling." The CD was also featured at the Toofy Film Festival in Boulder, Colorado. He appeared on Shuteye Records’ “United State of Americana” compilation CD that made it to #53 on the Americana Music Association charts in 2005.

“On his The Last Second Chance CD (2006), Drew James has created his own music realm, attractive and hospitable to any Real Music lover, no matter his or her genre preferences. Strictly speaking, the album is recorded in a folk-rock key, but there's so much True Blue feeling in every track that they sound "more Blues" to me than many of the "canonized" 12-bar standards. The arrangements and performance are tasteful and natural, and the production is simply perfect (a George Martin level work done by guitarist Bruce Kaphan). To those yet deciding whether to buy or not this CD, I'd say it'd be one of their best investments, a "long term" one - the more you play this record, the better it sounds. Drew James' music world is a place to stay - "you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave".” - Paul Bondarovski, Midnight Special Blues Radio

“As Far As I Know subscribes to traditional roots songwriting, but bends the rules slightly by subverting traditional sounds with intimate singer/songwriter blues tones” – Ryan Hoffer, Shuteye Records A&R

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Way Beyond the Maze

Drew James

A songwriting cross between Tom Waits and John Prine -- as sung by Gordon Lightfoot accompanied by unplugged instruments.

Award winning songwriter Drew James, a San Francisco native, began writing and performing his own songs in 1996. He performs his solo act all over the west coast, primarily in the bay area, including the Bread and Roses concert series.

Drew’s songs have received airplay in the U.S. and Europe. His 2007 acoustic CD release "Way Beyond the Maze" is an intimate set of songs, including the Great American Song Contest award winner "You Can Cry to Me" and the 15th Billboard World Song Contest award winner “Thicker than Blood.” This CD is very representative of Drew's acclaimed solo acoustic performances.

In 2006 he released “The Last Second Chance,” recorded at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley backed by outstanding musicians. The new CD, produced by Bruce Kaphan, was submitted for Grammy consideration. It was also featured at the Toofy Film Festival in Boulder, Colorado.

His first solo recording “As Far As I Know” features 14 of Drew’s original songs. He has also appeared on Shuteye Records’ “United State of Americana” compilation CD. That CD made it to #53 on the Americana Music Association charts in 2005.

“On his The Last Second Chance CD (2006), Drew James has created his own music realm, attractive and hospitable to any Real Music lover, no matter his or her genre preferences. Strictly speaking, the album is recorded in a folk-rock key, but there's so much True Blue feeling in every track that they sound "more Blues" to me than many of the "canonized" 12-bar standards. The arrangements and performance are tasteful and natural, and the production is simply perfect (a George Martin level work done by guitarist Bruce Kaphan). To those yet deciding whether to buy or not this CD, I'd say it'd be one of their best investments, a "long term" one - the more you play this record, the better it sounds. Drew James' music world is a place to stay - "you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave".” - Paul Bondarovski, Midnight Special Blues Radio

“As Far As I Know subscribes to traditional roots songwriting, but bends the rules slightly by subverting traditional sounds with intimate singer/songwriter blues tones” – Ryan Hoffer, Shuteye Records A&R

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As Far As I Know

Drew James

Contemporary Folk and acoustic blues with nods to Tom Waits, Lucinda Williams & Steve Earle

Award winning songwriter Drew James, a San Francisco native, began writing and performing his own contemporary folk songs in 1996. He performs his solo act all over the west coast, primarily in the bay area, including the Bread and Roses concert series. Drew’s songs have received airplay in the U.S. and Europe.

His 2007 acoustic CD release "Way Beyond the Maze" is an intimate set of songs, including the 2006 Great American Song Contest award winner "You Can Cry to Me" and the 15th Billboard World Song Contest award winner “Thicker than Blood.” In 2006 he released “The Last Second Chance,” produced by Bruce Kaphan, which was submitted for Grammy consideration. It includes the Billboard Song Contest award winner "That Old Friday Night Feeling." The CD was also featured at the Toofy Film Festival in Boulder, Colorado. He appeared on Shuteye Records’ “United State of Americana” compilation CD that made it to #53 on the Americana Music Association charts in 2005.

“On his The Last Second Chance CD (2006), Drew James has created his own music realm, attractive and hospitable to any Real Music lover, no matter his or her genre preferences. Strictly speaking, the album is recorded in a folk-rock key, but there's so much True Blue feeling in every track that they sound "more Blues" to me than many of the "canonized" 12-bar standards. The arrangements and performance are tasteful and natural, and the production is simply perfect (a George Martin level work done by guitarist Bruce Kaphan). To those yet deciding whether to buy or not this CD, I'd say it'd be one of their best investments, a "long term" one - the more you play this record, the better it sounds. Drew James' music world is a place to stay - "you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave".” - Paul Bondarovski, Midnight Special Blues Radio

“As Far As I Know subscribes to traditional roots songwriting, but bends the rules slightly by subverting traditional sounds with intimate singer/songwriter blues tones” – Ryan Hoffer, Shuteye Records A&R

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