" ... James has both the eye for detail and the blue collar intensity of Steve Earle or Bruce Springsteen ... " Tom Petersen - Victory Review
The Nameless Sorrows began as a side project to accommodate a growing collection of songs that begged for arrangements beyond the duo or trio versions that Truckstop Souvenir perform live. The songs themselves, born from a dark and challenging time in my life, represent the most deeply personal material I've yet dared to write. The imagery that came to focus during this time created a setting I'd longed to inhabit sonically as well as helped to serve the cathartic nature of exploring these hounding themes of lost innocence, mortality, justice, and eternity.
I'd been reading a lot -- Cormac McCarthy, Charles Frazier, Truman Capote, Steinbeck and Fitzgerald -- you get the idea. And that was on the heels of two very moving books that I highly recommend -- The Children's Blizzard by David Laskin and The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan. I was captivated by naked humanity portrayed in these two books and in particular, the mention in one of a village where a young man would build and store his own coffin. The thought of that sticks with me still but at the time, it set in motion my willingness to immerse myself in the deeper water I'd been eyeing from the banks. Perhaps for a baptism of sorts? I don't know. And I don't claim to have walked away clean for we all collect a little tarnish through this life and water be damned, it stays with us till the end. But I do believe that dark, deep water revealed to me some truth. It gave me courage and some small amount of wisdom about this life. It also strengthened my love of music and renewed my devotion to the craft of writing.
Thank you for listening,