At age six Barry James started piano lessons so he could learn to play the classical music he heard playing on his mother’s radio. Picking up the trombone in junior high gave him a taste for the style and flexibility of jazz music. Then, while browsing a garage sale he stumbled onto a beat up old guitar. Within weeks he was locking himself in his bedroom practicing for hours at a time, skipping meals and worrying his family.
Barry James’ work often brings comparisons to Neil Young and
Radiohead. The new EP builds rich landscapes from layered guitars and loops, while his emotive voice rides effortlessly over the top.
“Mesmerizing rock/pop . . A great record.” (Earbuzz.com)
“The very nature of the music takes me back to the goodness
of the Seattle scene when it was raw and elegant.”
(Joshua Butcher – Joshua Butcher and the Melancholy)
“This music speaks to me where the meanies live!”
(Samantha Tobey - solo artist, The Sqeegees, Ubyk)