Legendary Texan guitarist Steve James returns to Barry
4:30pm Saturday 8th September 2012 in News
MAKING his fourth visit to the town, legendary Texan guitarist Steve James plays the Barry Docks Constitutional Club on Monday, September 10.
Armed with a guitar, mandolin and a rail ticket - all his travelling is done by train - Steve considers a visit to Barry as an essential leg of any UK tour.
In 2012, Steve James became an authorised dealer for National Resophonic Inc. whose instruments he has played, endorsed and demonstrated for 20 years.
These are the guitars chosen by the best in the business, including Bob Brozman and Steve's long time musical collaborator, Del Rey, who played in Barry to much acclaim as part of the Barry Arts Festival 2012.
Originally from New York, Steve is now based in Austin, Texas. He is a musician who is understated and down-to-earth.
His speaking voice won't overpower you; in fact he'll more than likely offer a smile and a wink. But it's with his limitless musical ability that he speaks volumes.
He is a well known name among devotees of contemporary acoustic folk and blues; this based on numerous critically acclaimed recordings, a tireless international tour schedule and a sheaf of published work including articles, instruction books and videos.
His instrumental versatility (on guitar, slide guitar, mandolin, and guitar-banjo) also makes him a favorite at music camps and workshop programmes.
In the studio, his solo efforts have been enriched by musical contributions from fellow travellers Bob Brozman, Bad Livers, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Cindy Cashdollar, Gary Primich, Ruthie Foster and Del Rey.
In turn, Steve has recorded with a diverse crew including Maria Muldaur, James McMurtry, Jesse 'Babyface' Thomas and Kevin Russell. He's played live with a slate of blues/roots luminaries including John Hammond, Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy and Howard Armstrong.
His original songs have been variously covered by artists from new-folk phenomenon Ana Egge to folk/blues godfather Dave Van Ronk.
Tickets are £8; doors open at 8pm and the show starts with a short set by Paul R Duggan. Steve will be taking the stage at 9pm. He is also available for a guitar workshop on Tuesday, September 11; for more info email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07784 931699.