James Sasser | Southside of Sorrow

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Southside of Sorrow

by James Sasser

Modern/Vintage Country Music.
Genre: Country: Traditional Country
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Your Desire
3:47 $0.99
2. Lost and Found
4:00 $0.99
3. Don't Be Wasting My Time
3:59 $0.99
4. The Southside of Sorrow
3:27 $0.99
5. Boxcar Baby
2:49 $0.99
6. Nearly November
3:33 $0.99
7. Time Never Wanders
5:04 $0.99
8. Going Down
3:39 $0.99
9. This One's For You
4:01 $0.99
10. That Kinda Day
4:07 $0.99
11. At Least I'll Know
3:03 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Southside of Sorrow is a modern-vintage record of roots music. Released in the summer of 2004, Sasser has gained plenty of mileage from his debut CD. In March of 2005, “That Kinda Day” was chosen as music for a regionally broadcast television commercial for Henry Weinhard’s Beer. Also, that song was included on Failing Records Compilation of Portland: Volume 1 in 2005. “Lost and Found” was chosen for use in the soundtrack for Liquid Insanity, a nationally released kayak movie/doc, in 2006. Others are in consistent rotation on internet radio as far away as Belgium and The Netherlands. Currently, James is hard at work on his second release and playing shows, as always.

Honest and Soulful.
-Bend Bulletin April 2006

As it stands, there is no weak number on this album (Southside of Sorrow) and it proves James Sasser is to be recognized…First class album 4 stars…
–Rootstime.be February 2005

Southside of Sorrow is the kind of disc that remains a pleasure time after time.
-Muziek Wereld November 2004, –Ctrl. Alt. Country.com September 2004

On this CD, it is “That Kind of Day,” with distorted harmonica soloing wildly in the background; this is the kind of song you can let loose to. And if country contributed anything to American music, it’s songs that beg a hearty “Yeehaw!”
-Music Liberation Project June/July 2004

This local gent markets himself as Modern-Vintage Country. The title simply means that Sasser has salvaged the best of Dwight Yoakam’s drawl and Buddy Holly’s pop from the country music junk pile.
-Willamette Week May 2004

Very impressed with the organic honesty of his songs crafting and performance…(James Sasser) has a unique voice which is quite signature and individual
-Taxi.com June 2004

When I went to see Pete Anderson and Moot Davis the other night, I was somewhat disappointed to find out there were two opening bands before the headliners. Especially when I found out they were local groups that I had not heard of. Was I ever wrong. This James Sasser band really rocked, was really tight, and had great harmonies and original songs. I was so impressed. I really think this kid might make it big.
- Blue Rodeo.com Discussion Board February 2005

Other recent highlights include:
In 2005 James signed on as an artist endorsee of the Breedlove Guitar Company.



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Henry Kammerer

well made, enjoyable record
This record is a very good listen. Its one of those records that is good when paid close attention too, and good to have on while making dinner. I have had a couple of songs stay in my head afterword. Recommended!!

samuel helston

mighty fine album
ok, maybe i'm a little old, but, after reading the last review, i didn't expect too much from this album. and all i can say is that you are wrong. this is a great musical experience. mayby some of the guitar riffs are a bit generic, but you have to listen to the words to really feel what the artist is feeling. certainly, this isn't anything outstanding, nor all that good, as far as the average listener could tell, but you have to get inside the songs, inside the experience to really understand the songs.
all in all this is a straight up rock album. so many artist have tried and failed, but this is the real deal. i don't know why it's so good but it is. but then again, thats what rock n roll is all about. breaking the rules, doing it for yourself. not caring what people think, from what i heard, this is what americana is all about. makin your own music for yourself and nobody else.

Tim C.

Incredible songwriting talent and bold performer on stage!
James Sasser has created an album that simply deserves attention. Southside of Sorrow is a compelling album with honest, intriguing lyrics accompanied by memory-burning melodies and instrumentation. It's one disc that is worthy of being played in the bar, on the road, or on the radio.


Great Songwriting = Good Disc.
There is some really great songwriting on this disc, both the lyrics and the harmonies. Overall, a good disc that's fun to listen too and heartfelt.

Stevi Marie

Songs that matter... and James sings them proudly in his debut.
I play this cd when I feel like hearing a little hometown country. It's nothing that's never been done before, but the album has it's own beauty and that's worth more than twelve bottles of scotch... if you're on the bandwagon and need a little love this album's for you, not to mention James has a way of singing songs that bring the true spirit out.

Galit Solomonov

Very high level of talent!
This is a wonderful CD, I love his special voice - a voice that gets inside.... that makes you feel... very tuchy! I love it!!! Good luck in your next CD. :-)

Dustin Anderson

This Is Required Listening!!!
Okay. People don't hang themselves on a line very often anymore. They rely on a bunch of studio musicians and great equipment to make a great CD. This is different. This is raw and energetic. In the end, it might not sound like a Nashville CD, but you don't think about that. You hear a guy who is willing to get up and do it EVERY time, no matter. The CD is him, and it is worth checking out!

Dani M.

This CD is really great! I can hear the emotion in his voice and from the words he writes. He is definitly not afraid show different sides of himself. Doesn't hurt that he's a looker!

nate goodwin

beautifly american
the way i see it, is that you're either an american, or an american't. this album is super good. if you think about it, it really is an album for the red white and blue. made in america, for americans. if you don't like it, you can kiss my glass.