Artist: James Curley Title Of Album: There Used To Be A Train Year Of Release: 2013 Label: James Curley Genre: Contemporary Folk, Americana, Singer-Songwriter Quality: Mp3 Bitrate: 320 kbps Total Time: 39:50 Min Total Size: 101 Mb
Tracklist: 01. Darwin's Tribe 02. There Used To Be A Train 03. Mutineer 04. Helleluiah You Never Know 05. A Townes Van Zandt Song 06. The Blue Austin Waltz 07. Goodman's Shoes 08. Grace Under Pressure 09. The Virtual Waltz 10. Unleash The Light Lyrical, melodic, thoughtful and rhythmic insights into the human heart and condition are the special focus of this veteran Americana songwriter. Beautifully produced and featuring some of Folk-Americana music's best instrumentalist and vocal musicians. "The Best Damn Songwriter You Never Heard." James Curley began writing songs in the mid 1970s in his native Philadelphia, influenced mainly by trips to the Philadelphia Folk Festival and to local clubs like The Main Point, Grendel's Lair and others. He appeared as a solo songwriter back then, opening locally for other artists of the day, including Artie Traum and Lou London. Leaving Philadelphia, James played in Denver, Boulder, Eugene and other areas and eventually wound up in Houston, where he was heavily influenced by the Texas songwriter scene there at the time. Moving to Austin in 1979, he immersed himself deeper in the local songwriting scene and performed in venues there until moving to Chicago several years later. Taking a hiatus from music from 1987 until 1997 to raise a family and start a small business, James took up songwriting with earnest again, and released his first CD - Tom's Cafe - in 2002, Several tracks continue to get modest airplay on indie, folk and college radio stations, as well as having been synced to film and cable television shows. The CD was produced by guitarist Larry Clyman (Big Shoulders, The Otters, Lonnie Brooks Band) and featured performances from some of James musical friends like Nancy Walker and Sue Demel (Sons of the Never Wrong), Jay Sebastian (Twang Bang) and others. In 2007, James released his 2nd CD - Manufactured Meaning - again working with Larry Clyman. Larry had moved to upstate New York, and James collaborated there with local musicians like Tony Markellis (David Bromberg Band) and Rick Rourke (Lost Wages) to produce the record. Several songs from the record, especially Lay Down Big Easy - a lament for the post-Katrina reality of New Orleans - continue to receive radio airplay. 2013 saw the release of There Used To Be a Train James3rd CD. Produced and arranged by John Abbey and featuring some of Chicagos best Folk/Americana musicians as well as support from the groups Sons of The Never Wrong and 2-Bit Palomino, the record is enjoying excellent early reviews.
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