James and the Kyusonics made a couple of videos for the 2023 Dead Covers Project. Here’s our funky take on “West L.A. Fadeaway” and a cooking “Bertha”
“Twelve String Acoustic Guitar Music” Now Available On All Streaming Services
I’m very happy to say that my new album, “Twelve String Acoustic Guitar Music” is now available on all streaming services. I hope you’ll check it out! You can find links here
“The Cape Verdean Blues”
I’ve been having fun learning this cool Horace Silver tune, but then again, aren’t all Horace Silver tunes cool?
I’ve been putting this studio together over the past year and am now at the point where I’m able to start exploring its sonic character…working on a new tune called “The Creek” recorded through a pair of AKG c414s in a mid-side configuration.
3rd in what has apparently become a series of “Lullabies for Dogs”, here’s a new tune “Murray’s Lullaby”…I rarely write for open tunings but always love exploring them when I do. Two of my newer tunes are in this open Bb…this guitar is ready for a new set of strings.
One of my goals this year is to write and record an album of new tunes for 12-string fingerstyle guitar…I’m aiming for ten, right now I’ve got seven that I’m feeling good about, although I’m still working out the bugs…here’s the first one I started thinking about for this album, “Due Diligence” which began coming together right about this time last year as I was getting ready to move from Sylva, NC to Syracuse, NY.
“Ramble On Rose” – 2022 Dead Covers Project
I’m always happy to contribute something for the yearly Dead Covers Project.This year’s theme is Europe ’72, in celebration of the 50 year anniversary of that tour…I’d already been learning “Ramble On Rose”, one of my favorite Dead tunes, so was happy to make a recording of it.
Viral Dissector Improvisation 02.04.2022
Finally getting my new studio space together. Here’s a synth, drum machine and bass improvisation.
Bear Down, Chicago Bears – Fingerstyle Acoustic
With the football season fast approaching, I thought I’d work up an arrangement of my favorite team’s fight song. Here’s a fingerstyle arrangement of “Bear Down, Chicago Bears”…what are some other good fight songs?
Take Me Out to the Ball Game
I’ve always wanted to analyze Steve Goodman’s interpretation of this tune and frankly, a day off from school on Opening Day seemed like my best chance to do so. Not sure I’d get around to it any time else. It’s way cooler in 4 than in 3 and although I’m sure he was wearing a Cubs hat when he did it, here’s my take on “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”. Go White Sox.
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