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Drew James

Drew's lyrical and musical style earned him the title of "Master of the Bittersweet" from Butch Kara of KZGM-FM.

My songwriting style is designed to tell the stories. For example, my song "Sign of the Times" tells the story of Bob Thompson who helped build the rocket that landed the space capsule on the first manned U.S. moon mission in 1969. The song is written as a retrospective story told by Bob from today's viewpoint as a commentary of how great a part America's middle class once played. The story is painted over a the canvas created by mellow finger picking guitar licks. This song has already earned me new radio fans in the U.S., Australia, Canada, Mexico, Croatia and Japan.

A song that I write is not complete until:
-I can perform it effortlessly,
-It reaches the place in me from where the song arose and
-I get an undeniably positive audience reaction over several performances.
I record only those songs that meet all of these criteria. This usually turns out to be 20 to 25 for each album project. Of these only about half make it onto an album.

My musical style emphasizes the interweaving of his acoustic guitar with my voice. I treat my guitar riffs and finger style rhythms as my duet voice with my vocals as the lead.

I have always been a very introverted person of very few words. Music allows me to connect with people in a way I never could through purely verbal means. Before I ever performed live I would always imagine myself playing to an intimate audience so I could see their reactions to my music. I am very fortunate to be living out that dream. The enjoyment I get from my
music is from the connection I get with my audience. It gives me ultimate freedom to be me.

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