The Mortgage Makers and TBS Present The James Armstrong Band (California)

Thursday, June 10, 9 PM, George’s Roadhouse Tickets are $10 in advance (at Ducky’s) $12 at the door Special Student price at the door (ID required: $6)

James Armstrong is one of a very few seasoned artists who manages to honor the sound of traditional blues while giving it the contemporary grit to which fans love to groove. Born to make music, his mother was a blues singer, his father played jazz guitar. James started performing at th age of eight and by the time he was 17, he was touring across the country. Over the years he’s worked with Albert Collins, Keb Mo’, Coco Montoya,  Roy Brown, Chaka Khan, Ricky Lee Jones, Jan & Dean,Mitch Michell (Jimi Hendrix’s drummer) and Tommy Castro, to name just a few.

As both a performer and storyteller, James works with mood, humor and atmosphere, a skill that has not gone unnoticed by filmmakers. Several of his songs have been chosen for movie soundtracks. Bank of Love was used  in “Hear No Evil” and “The Florentine.”. Two Sides to Every Story is featured in “Speechless.”

His about-to-be-released fourth CD promises more authentic 21st Century blues songs, including among them: a funk-driven tribute to an old bluesman who helped him along the way; a mysterious and courageousbit of biography; a funny, yet painfully accurate rant about border crossing post-9/11 and a voodoo-drenched cautionary tale about seduction. Expect more searing slide, engaging grooves, soulful singing,and trademark Armstrong wit as James continues to draw from his unique personal history, raw instincts and seasoned skills.

Seen live, Armstrong has a confident stage presence that combines grace with grit. Few blues artists know how to play the crowd as James can, shifting dynamics from a whisper to a growl. Wherever he travels, from Lebanon to Alaska, from Hong-Kong to Norway, his magnetism continues to hush a noisy rabble or entice a crowd to follow him out into the street or down the length of a beach. Little wonder he’s been dubbed “The Ambassador of the Blues.”

The Buzz

CBC Radio
“…full of haunting and subtle nuances that point to a life rich with  experience, this musician has definitely paid his dues. James  plays for and with his audience, extending the reach of the blues to include highly-charged sensuality, yearning, healing and good lowdown fun!”

Downbeat – 4 stars out of 5 “…{He} is a rare prize of a singer and guitarist with an  exceptional sense of rhythm and understatement…
a most soulful type of modern blues… ”

Living Blues “… With a skintight band and a well-balanced combination of fire, technical proficiency, and taste, Armstrong continues on his way to the upper echelon of contemporary blues artists. ”

Blues Access “… ” Armstrong smoothly redefines the range of  contemporary blues. Highly recommended. ”

Jazz Times“…Demonstrates the kind of flexibility that allows him easily  and convincingly shift gears from slow blues… to urban funk… to N’awlins grooves to rousing roadhouse shuffles… ”

Blues Revue “Armstrong is an inspiring artist, and we obviously haven’t seen the last of him”

Blues Access “Armstrong redefines the range of contemporary blues”

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