Sleepy James | The American Prisoner

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The American Prisoner

by Sleepy James

Sleepy James throws together an eclectic blend of different styles---folk, R&B, blues, jazz, rock, country---with a sly sense of humor and an irreverent attitude.
Genre: Blues: Blues Vocals
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1. After The Fall
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2. Beer for Breakfast
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3. We're Both Been in Love Before
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4. Bad Case of Attitude
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5. Let Me Down Easy
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6. Bobby and the Black-Eyed Susie
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7. Chance to Say Goodbye
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8. The Cake Song
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9. War Jones 2003
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10. The Wall
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11. Paranoid Police State Blues
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12. An American Lulaby
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13. Overcast Sky
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14. The Hunter and the Game
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15. Keep On Rockin'
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Album Notes
The original seed for “The American Prisoner” was planted with the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Like many artists, Sleepy James became frustrated by the apathy of Americans, who watched George W. Bush plunge their country into a useless and unnecessary war, and then found themselves held hostage while their leader began to systematically tear apart the American Bill of Rights.

The concept expanded to an exploration of how we, as Americans, have become prisoner to our luxuries, our jobs, our credit ratings, our IPods, our SUVs and our other addictions . . .in whatever form, sanctioned or unsanctioned.

When he was growing up in New York in the 1960s, Sleepy listened to the wide variety of music that was then common on AM radio. Artists as varied as the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Peter, Paul & Mary, James Brown, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Smokey Robinson, Simon & Garfunkel, Lorne Greene and the Rolling Stones could all be heard on the same station's playlist.

“Although my main influences were the Beatles and Bob Dylan,” Sleepy says, “I listened to everything I could.”

After some 40 years of working as a musician — and taking time out to wear many other hats, as well — Sleepy James' songs reflect the passion, the range, and the freedom of a guy who's been around the block and seen a lot of changes. He released his first CD, "L.A. 'til Morning,'' in 2001 and his second, “The American Prisoner,” in 2007.

Two songs--"War Jones 2003" and “Paranoid Police State Blues”--attempt to apply humor to today’s political situation, while another “An American Lullaby” juxtaposes two mothers and children—one affuent, one not — and their respective places in the era of Pax Americana.

Other tunes on the CD deal with our more mundane, everyday dependencies: the bluesy "Beer for Breakfast," and the jazzy "We've Both Been in Love Before" and "Let Me Down Easy" offer a biting commentary on modern relationships, as do “Bobby and the Black-eyed Susie” and "Bad Case of Attitude," albeit with a country twang. The CD ends with "Keep On Rockin'," a world-weary Baby Boomer’s plea for perseverance.

Collectively, Sleepy James' songs represent his far-reaching musical roots and varied background, from playing in Long Island rock bands as a teenager, to sharing the stage at Los Angeles folk clubs and coffeehouses with Jackson Browne and Don Henley, to becoming a fixture at Southern California nightclubs during the '70 and '80s.

But at this stage in his career, Sleepy James has come full circle and he's back to the place where it all began — the music and the way it makes him feel.



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