Vinnie James | Songs For The Long Journey

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Songs For The Long Journey

by Vinnie James

"An extremely penetrating new voice” (Rolling Stone). A patchouli-scented, love-powered, lyrical jackhammer —a song-poet Hickorywind.org calls “A lyrical wizard,” and Playboy says, “Hits the mark.” It's like Otis Redding meets Joe Cocker. Listen now.
Genre: Folk: Political Folk
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1. Lose the I
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2. Homeless Man
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3. Queen of the Dance
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4. Mister How Big Is the World
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5. Everlasting Love
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6. Children of the Garden of Eden
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7. Save the World
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8. County Line
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9. My Heaven (Song for the Royal Wedding)
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10. Summertime
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Vigor, Alarm and a Prophet's Conviction

Compared to fiery folk-soul artists such as Richie Havens, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Ron Townson, and Percy Sledge, Vinnie James draws his inspirational roots from this handful of iconic singer/songwriters, each known for bringing a raw soul edge to Folk and Americana music.

Vinnie James is hailed by music critics as one of today's most insightful singer-songwriters, having already received widespread critical acclaim for his groundbreaking soul-folk debut, "All American Boy (RCA/BMG),” as well as slots on major world tours, with artists such as Sade, Tina Turner, STYX, Carole King, Bonnie Raitt, and many others.

A soloist in his father’s Baptist church choir at the age of 8, and nurtured on songs such as: “Oh Happy Day,” “Jesus, Lover Of My Soul,” and “Let Us Go Into the House of the Lord,” Vinnie (the "son of a preacher man") developed an earthy, raw, dusky vocal style, and a vocal delivery that is often reminiscent of his father's raw pulpit preaching style.

Mike Bohem, music journalist for the L.A. Times, describes Vinnie James’ voice as: "a husky, soul-tinged voice..." that, "...bristles with vigor, alarm and a prophet's conviction..." And in another L.A. Times article, Bohem describes Vinnie James as being: "Full of fire and in your face passion."

Described as "a master wordsmith," by Maxine Jewett, President of the Southwest Acoustic Music Association, Vinnie James pens songs that take you from deeply moving, folk ballads, to powerfully raw, full-blown foot stompers, cradled in the soulful groove of drums, bass, church organs, and gospel choir backing vocals, all laced with Vinnie's soulful vocals and his signature "acoustic jackhammer" style of guitar playing.

Jim McKenna, who heads the Glasgow Festival of Songwriting in Glasgow, Scotland, calls Vinnie James, an "astonishing songwriter," who's songs explore themes ranging from political injustice and social revolution, to love, lust and loss; all written with intricate, well-crafted poetic images, showing a refreshing vulnerability and mature lyrical character.

Gil Griffin of the Washington Post, says of Vinnie James, "...his writing exhibits a developed, analytical (and self-analytical) maturity." Cary Darling of the Orange County Register adds that Vinnie's music, "has a folk edge and fits squarely in the singer-songwriter tradition of Graham Parker, Elvis Costello and John Hiatt." Record industry icon David Geffen once called Vinnie James, "a distinctive multi-threat talent."

After writing his extensive and glowing review of James' "Songs for the Long Journey" collection, Jim Pipkin, writing for the well-respected online music magazine HickoryWind.org went on to choose that recording as the number-one album of 2007.

Additionally, Maxine Jewett, President of the Prestigious Southwest Acoustic Music Association, writing an early review of the album, has this to say: "'Songs for the Long Journey' is much more than simply a CD; it is an audible work of art. Every cut could stand alone as its own CD, none are similar to the song before or after it. Vinnie James is a master wordsmith, "Homeless Man" is a remarkably poignant tale of compassion by the 'have nots' for those who have even less. Throughout the CD, James' commentary is critical but hopeful and the dynamics of the music are tricky, tricky, tricky. Listen to "County Line". Just when you think you know where this chord is going, he rips the rug out from underneath you. I love it!! My advice is buy two copies because you will wear one out."

When asked what he would like to accomplish as a songwriter, James adds, "I just want to be someone people can look back on, many years from now and say, 'Vinnie James was a committed songwriter whose songs pay tribute to his folk-soul roots, and who made a major contribution to the art of songwriting.’”

The critical acclaim, and the growing worldwide awareness of Vinnie James and his music, seem to indicate he's doing just that.

Give him a serious listen, there’s a good chance you’ll agree, Vinnie James is one artist you definitely want to add to your music library.


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Jen

wonderful album
I love this album I first found his music on myspace have been a fan every since. Haven't ever boughten a album where I can say that I love every one of the songs. It's just amazing his talent and cdbaby is great site while defiantly come back buy other music from it.

Maxine Jewett, President, Southwest Acoustic Music

Vinnie James is a master wordsmith
"Songs for the Long Journey" is much more a than simply a CD; it is an audible work of art. Every cut could stand alone as its own CD, none are similar to the song before or after it. Vinnie James is a master wordsmith, "Homeless Man" is a remarkably poignant tale of compassion by the 'have nots' for those who have even less. Throughout the CD, James' commentary is critical but hopeful and the dynamics of the music are tricky, tricky, tricky. Listen to "County Line". Just when you think you know where this chord is going, he rips the rug out from underneath you. I love it!! My advice is buy two copies because you will wear one out.

Maxine Jewett,
President, Southwest Acoustic Music

Sandi Selman

LOVE IT.
I have had it for two days now. I have it on my computer and in my car. Vinnie has such a wonderful voice and the music is perfect. I find the CD outstanding. Can't wait for the next one.

Shawn

Can't stop listening to it
This CD is one of those I can't get out of my CD player. I know I should give it a rest so I don't wear it out, but I can't! The song "My Heaven" is one of the best songs I have heard in a VERY long time. The whole album gets 5 stars!

shelly

Take This Journey!!!!
this CD holds a beautiful array of songs covering everything from vinnie's compassionate commentary on the social injustices we see all around us to songs of new love, lost love and “Everlasting Love” (track #5).... from hard-edged, provoking lyrics to thoughtful, poetic lyrics every song touches some sense within me... i love this CD.... A Long Journey ...i want to take it every day... thanks vinnie....... (summertime!!!!!! (track #10).......love it, love it, love it!!!!....)

BKSY

Simply Outstanding!
A Classic album of times past and times to come ! Simply outstanding songs, vocals and music. Takes your imagination and soul to places others never reach. Every self respecting music collection should have a Vinnie James Album pride of place! BKSY

Pete

Awesome! Powerful song writing at its best!
I bought All American Boy back in 1991 and still listen to it at least once a week. I have been waiting 16 years for this album and it does not dissapoint.

This is packed with powerful songs that will make you sit back and listen and search out the deep meaning.

From start to finish, this is an absolute classic that anyone who appreciates brilliant songwriting should have in their collection.

BILLY BAND

IT'S LIKE FOUND MONEY!!
When I Lstened to this CD by Vinnie James It was like I found money on the street or for you rich people like you were in on the ground floor of a great stock an IPO. Viinie writes from the heart he makes you believe what he's saying.Every tune is like a differnt journey. My favorite is the first song called Lose The I.. This tune takes you back into the 60's a toe tappin sing along type song with a message... I WANT,I NEED, I TAKE,I KILL... LOSE THE EYE BE A PART OF THE WORLD.Gospel by Vinnie James. This is a collection of songs you will listen to for a lifetime.

WILSON GORGES

Great Album!
"Songs for the Long Journey" is an album packed with great songs. Vinnie James is a very talented songwriter. I strongly recommend this CD.

Glen Allen

Less raw passion more refined melodies
I have waited literally years for the next album from Vinnie James and am not disappointed.
Much has changed from the first album but much of the core elements remain. Gone perhaps is the anger of youth, remaining are the powerfull ideals and imagery that is what drew me initially to this artist. As always this music makes you conteplate, both the world and your part of it.
I will admit I found the album to be a bit disjointed as the different styles of music often contrast with one another. I enjoyed the bluesy softer tones of "Children of the garden of Eden" but was not not as enamoured with the quicker tempo of the (I thought) simpler designed " Lose the I". Of course in the I can't bring to mind an album where I loved EVERY song. Happily though, one of the things I noticed in Vinne James' first album is that songs I did not like so much at first, I became more entranced with over the courses of many listenings as the melodies and ideas haunted me.
Overall I find the album a welcome addition to my collection. I live in Oregon and find the music a perfect accompaniement to a rainy afternoon. I appreciate his flexing of his metaphorical muscles as he explores his range of abliities even if they don't all appeal to me. It is refreshing to see his development and his return to my Musical library. I hope this is just the first in a line of further Albums.
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