Julian James

As a solo artist, Julian James may be a relative newcomer on the scene, but he’s making up for lost time in a big way. Racking up 200 shows and 65,000 kms in 2019. Troubadouring from Tasmanian jazz clubs to Byron Bay farmers markets, Victorian festivals to Adelaide jam sessions — it’s likely that Julian has stopped in there for a song and a drink (or two). He’s been on a constant tour cycle that’s seen him living out of his van for the past 18 months; people are starting to take notice, and heck, we didn’t hesitate to slot him in for his first Blues on Broadbeach show!

Hot on the old timey heels of his recent ‘Silver Spade’ album, Julian takes his sound up a notch with new song ‘Looking for a Light’, a ramshackle ditty in the great honky tonk tradition that features a backing band made up of a who’s who of fine young Melbourne talent: Iseula Hingano of Blues Eyes Cry, Nadia Rose of Rambal, and Rockabilly pianist-extraordinaire Ezra Lee all lend a hand. The full-blown horn section doesn’t hurt either.

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