This weekend on Art of the Song, folk singer Joshua James is the featured artist.
About the musician:
His original digital release of The Sun is Always Brighter on iTunes reached #1 on the service’s Folk Album list in 2007 and sold in excess of 25,000 copies by the end of 2008. The album caught the attention of the indie folk scene, with Paste Magazine naming him one of their “Next 25 Artists You Need To Know” in their September 2008 issue. He subsequently supported John Mayer, David Gray, Ani DiFranco, Third Eye Blind, and Brett Dennen on North American tours.
NPR has also cited James in one of their “Song of the Day” publishings. They featured his “The New Love Song” as one of the best new songs from a previously unknown artist in a long time.
James recorded his second album, entitled Build Me This, in 2007. It was released in September 2009 on Intelligent Noise/Northplatte Records.Paste Magazine dubbed the new work “phenomenal.” iTunes also dubbed Build Me This one of the “Best of 2009” Indie Spotlight Singer/Songwriter albums.
Variety Magazine calls James “a young Midwestern singer-songwriter who writes hard-bitten songs of family tragedies and sings them in a voice that’s as sun-bleached and wind-battered as a Nebraska cornfield.”
James’s third album, “From The Top of Willamette Mountain”, was released in November 2012, via Intelligent Noise.It was produced by Richard Swift, who also collaborated on it with James.