James F. Curley | Tom's Cafe

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Tom's Cafe

by James F. Curley

A songwriting 'tour de force' in American Roots Music fashion - Doc Watson and Ralph McTell meet Dwight Yoakam and James Taylor and they all go off for pints of Guiness together.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Western Avenue
4:03 $0.99
2. Time I Broke Your Heart
2:54 $0.99
3. The Hunt
4:00 $0.99
4. Houston
3:25 $0.99
5. Tom's Cafe
5:13 $0.99
6. Because Of You
3:21 $0.99
7. Deep In My Bones
5:21 $0.99
8. Moonlight, Cold Wind
2:52 $0.99
9. I Jumped Bail
3:33 $0.99
10. Flies
2:39 $0.99
11. Star To Star
2:37 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
"James's writing truly upholds everything good, right and true about American Roots music. Like Kristofferson, Prine, Goodman and Zevon, James Curley is a visionary way ahead of today's mainstream songwriters."
Timothy Edward Jones - journalist and author of CountryConversation

About The CD

'Tom's Cafe' shows off James Curley's penchant for writing lyrically agile and sonically excellent "Cosmic Cowboy Country Blues Folk Music." The songs sidestep standard country/folk genre cliche and offer literate lyrics wrapped in familiar and engaging American musical packaging.

Purposely eschewing the hyper-sanitized sonic style of modern pop music, these songs feature spare arrangements of acoustic and electric guitars, piano and keyboards, percussion, harmonica, accordion, acoustic and electric bass, Dobro and pedal steel guitar. James' vocals are supported on most tracks with lush harmonies by Nancy Walker and Sue Demel, two of the most original and powerful singers in contemporary American Roots music. The CD's overall character is the work of Larry Clyman, an award winning guitarist, arranger and producer.

Information on appearances, etc. can be found at www.myspace.com/jamesfcurley

James Curley is a singer, songwriter, father, husband, sibling, entrepreneur, impresario, tall-tale teller, Celtic descendant, lapsed Catholic, neo-Buddhist, post modern persona housed in the great Prairie Metropolis on the shores of Lake Michigan. Fond of stews, James prefers an eclectic range of subjects for songs with the exception of broken hearts and unrequited love, which are already covered in vast quantity and diversity by virtually every other songwriter.



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Dave Fahle

James, cd's arrived and songs sound great!
Finished versions have no comparison to the downloaded tracks. Good luck on Flies!

Andrea C. Crimmins - songwriter - Scot-Tex Publishing

This is one of those rare gems that cover the full-range of emotions...pulling the listen along almost against their own volition. The song selections compliment one another like a well-prepared dish...colorful, fragrant, and tasty.
A must-have CD!

Kenny Schiff

Well-crafted, with excellent uncluttered production. Excellent songs.
This is adult's music. Clear, smart, with heart. Songs that I know I will come back to again and again.

Tom's Cafe is well crafted, with excellent uncluttered production, and a superb supporting cast. Best of all, these songs have lots of soul.

There's something very comforting about this piece of work. My 4 1/2 year old daughter Abby keeps listening to "Western Avenue" over and over again before bed time.

John Devany

With "Tom's Cafe", Jimmy has managed to paint a melodic and lyrical landscape that is enduring and perceptive. His eloquent wordsmithing, songwriting skills and interpretive voice blend to create a bit of magic in each song. It's great to hear such talent and nice to understand what's being said. His time is now!


James, You nailed it with this album! Very similar to a John Hiatt, Steve Forbert or even an early Richard Thompson! Very Impressive

Jim Orr

good stuff!
Hey, Tom's Cafe is some good stuff! The lyrics are well crafted, the vocals are strong, and the musical compositions rich and varied. The back-up band and vocals are tight, and I especially like those pedal steel and Dobro licks! I can foresee The Hunt and I Jumped Bail making a smooth landing on a movie soundtrack. After listening to a few of those love songs, you gotta conclude that this guy's got a lot of heart! Kudo's to CdBaby for bringing this CD to my doorstep.

Don Weiland

Steve Goodman meets James Taylor meets Woodie Guthrie
Foot tapping music, clear and sometimes ironic lyrics. The music draws you into the story and you feel the emotions. When is the next CD coming out, and who stars in the movie?

Ray Neill

Nice! Heartfelt, sincere songs crafted and recorded w/greatcare
Very very nice! Heartfelt and sincere, crafted withgreat care and delivered by excellent musicians. Great harmonies and great songs. It's so cool to hear people making music like this. It's made me rethink my conception of contemporary American folk music. Does anybody else out there hear some old Steve Stills influence here?

jacque sammet

james, we are enjoying Toms Cafe. Its played in our car about 25times

Pat Mouton

great collection of original tunes
A great collection of original tunes in a variety of styles. Some rock, some are sweet and tender, all are worth a listen.