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The Last Second Chance

by 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.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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1. Rise and Shine
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2. All Over that Girl (with Lynn Asher)
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3. It’s Always Summer Somewhere (with Noe Venable)
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4. Inside Out
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5. Ahead on the Highway
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6. Good Morning Girl
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7. Prison with No Bars
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8. Cry, Cry, Cry
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9. Ship in a Bottle
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10. I Went to See Maria
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11. Thank You Brother
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12. Mama Mia
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13. That Old Friday Night Feeling (with Dallis Craft)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
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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Paul Bondarovski, Midnight Special Blues Radio

The Great Lucky Chance!
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".
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Mark Beynon

It is even hard to say I have favorites as I love the album in its entirety.
I listen to it all the time. This Drew James' “Sergeant Pepper” to date. The colors of this album are unbelievable –the more I listen to it the more I appreciate it. It is even hard to say I have favorites as I love the album in its entirety. I really mean it – this baby is a big-time keeper!!
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cracker

A real Second Chance for songwriting
From the opening track I was pulled into the stories this CD has to offer. The organic musical quality was a perfect match to the straightforward, visual lyrical quality. The songs are totally unrepetitive -- kind of like watching a travel log. It has been a long time since I have had this kind of an experience with a new CD -- think early Tom Waits or The Band CD's. Highly recommended!
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CW, UK

Chances are - you'll love it!
This is one of those albums that sounds really familiar, but fresh at the same time (does that make sense?!)
All the tracks are great and I just want to put it back on when it's finished - good stuff.
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