James & Black

Saturday 29th September - 8:00 pm

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James & Black

“For those who have never seen Otis Redding or Aretha Franklin perform, go to a concert of Bruce James and Bella Black – this is the best option to close your eyes and go back to pure American sound whose songs echo to this day, for connoisseurs and non-connoisseurs alike. Bruce with his street poetry – “past tense is no more than last night’s wine” – Bella with her voice that tears thoughts and frees the mind of the listener.” Voci di Citta – Bologna IT.

“Guerrilla Soul is the recipe that Bruce James and Bella Black have mixed together in their Texan Sound Kitchen: A deep-fried, inside still pink, filet of New Orleans Soul à la Dr John, soaked in a marinade of clubby R&B and organ-heavy ZZ Top cover versions; with a pinch of hip-hop and the whole thing served on the funky beats of DJ Phil Ross.” Zeit.de – Hamburg DE.

“With voices reinforced by concrete saws, earning the duo much respect and reminding us of the origins of soul music the church! Bruce James is perhaps one of the most colourful artists from Austin. Behind his music, brewed from an original mix of Soul, New Orleans R & B and blues lies a musical career that spans over twenty years. Consistency is his penchant for the musical roots of American music. As a pianist/singer of the legendary band Tunji he shared the stage with Bernie Worrell, Jurassic5 and other giants of the music world. Bella Black is a woman with a story and has a voice among the most poignant in contemporary southern soul who actually says it all” Muziekhuis.nl – Leiden NL.

“A piano man that can swing and croon like Dr John, or growl and stomp like Tom Waits.” The Austin Chronicle – Austin TX USA.

“For here are two musicians at the beginning of their breakthrough. One that we give them wholeheartedly.” Rootstime.be – Belgium.

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