Blue James Band

Scheduled for Sep 28, 2010 at 9:00 AM at Robinson in Music

The Blue James Band is a rock, reggae, folk, and funk train riding through the world of music. With songs that are catchy yet complex and live shows that vary from focused to experimental, the Blue James Band has rocked the souls of music lovers everywhere.

The captain of this train is Clifton Williams. Clifton is a guitar-wielding, song-writing machine with a love for skillful rock-n-roll that ranges from Paul Simon to Metallica to Bob Marley. These influences shine through the songs of the Blue James Band, which are funky, progressive, melodic, and fun. On keys sits the lovely Valerie Taylor, the reigning queen of funk. Rounding out the rhythm section are the masterful Doug Birmingham on drums and Jason Shaw on bass, two of the most dynamic players around town.

WILL, released by Chappy Payne Records, is the band’s latest album. With veteran mixer Jack Gauthier (Dispatch, State Radio) on the roster and Clifton producing, WILL has a decidedly rootsy and organic vibe. The pop-infused “Don’t Waste the Days” and the reggae-tinged “Believe” have memorable hooks and loads of lyrical style, while “Sunday Afternoon” and “If It Were Up To Me” showcase the impressive musicianship the band is known for. Simply put, WILL will rock your socks off.

On the heels of WILL’s success, the music of the Blue James Band has spread to many new faces and places. The band has had the pleasure of opening for artists such as: Victor Wooten, Rusted Root, Tim Reynolds, The Mother Hips, Hot Buttered Rum, and Elvin Bishop.

With tours booked on both coasts and more high-profile opening gigs on the horizon, 2010 is shaping up to be another stellar year for the Blue James Band.