James’ songwriting has often been cited for its keen sense of history. Songs like “Hillcrest Mine” and “Cold Missouri Waters” instantly come to mind. On SECOND-HAND James also takes on a number of topical issues of concern to us all “Walk On” about overcoming depression and “The Benefits of Surrender”– allowing oneself to be more open to life’s possibilities. These, coupled with a command of the language and delivered with an unmistakably rich baritone, and it’s not surprising that James has come to be considered one of Canada’s great singer songwriters.
SECOND-HAND finds James at the top of his game with ten new songs including co-writes with Catherine MacLellan, Lynn Miles, J.D. Edwards, Cara Luft and Dave Gunning. “I love co-writing,” he says, “it’s the spark that gets me motivated – the fresh approach to a lyric or a different way of forming a melody for a song is so stimulating. Besides, it’s also a great impetus to finish the damn song.”
Joining James in studio was long time musical pal David Woodhead-Bass, Bob Stagg-Keyboards, and guitarists Bob Cohen, Dave Clarke and Joe Grass. Harmony vocals were provided by Pharis & Jason Romero and Kelly Prescott. The album was produced in Montréal by Bill Garrett.
Tuesday Oct 18 8:00 (doors 7:00) Fernando Pinto Presents East Rock Concert Series at Cafe Nine Tommy Sands/Liz McNicholl 250 State St. New Haven, CT
Thursday Oct 20 7:00 Folklife Concert at the Crandall Public Library, 251 Glen Street Glens Falls, NY
Friday Oct 21 7:30 Folklife Concert On The Road at The Depot at Argyle Brewery, 6 Broad Street, Cambridge, NY
Saturday Oct 22 6:00 The annual fundraiser benefiting the venerable Mercy Center in Bangkok, Thailand, with Donie Carroll and friends. at the New York Irish Center in Queens.
Sunday Oct. 23 3:00 Irish American Cultural Institute: A Sunday Afternoon with Tommy Sands, at St. Catharine School, 301 2nd Avenue, Spring Lake, NJ Wednesday Oct. 26 7:30 Frostburg State University’s Mountain City Traditional Arts 25 E. Main St. Frostburg, MD.
Thursday Oct 27 7:30Green Willow at Blue Ball Barn 1914 West Park Drive, Alapocas Run State Park, Wilmington, DE. w/special guest Lisa Gutkin
Friday Oct 28 6:30 Gaelic Roots concert at Connolly House, Andover Room, Boston College, 300 Hammond Street, Chestnut Hill, MA w/special guest Lisa Gutkin
Saturday Oct 29 3:00 Music of Peace and Healing: A free concert at First Church, 1 Meetinghouse Green, Ipswich, MA w/special guest Lisa Gutkin
Sunday, Oct 30 3:30 (doors and food orders from 2:30) Brian O’Donovan Presents: Tommy Sands at the Burren, 247 Elm St. Davis Sq. Somerville, MA. w/special guest Lisa Gutkin