“James’s writing truly upholds everything good, right and true about American Roots music. Like Kristofferson, Prine, Goodman and Zevon, James Curley is a visionary way ahead of today’s mainstream songwriters.”
Timothy Edward Jones – journalist and author of CountryConversation
Songwriter James Curley and his band, Radio Fade, perform rhythmic, rootsy Americana-tinged Rock in the tradition of The Band, Little Feat, Allman Brothers, John Hiatt & Little Village, etc. The sound is real and authentic, featuring acoustic and electric guitars, slide guitars, Hammond B3 and Piano, and a veteran rhythm section to accompany James’s literate songs.
On his records, James likes to embellish the arrangements of certain songs with horns and strings and other elements not easily reproduced live without a ten-piece band. The live show is more rockin’ and is tailored for great crowd response. It features songs like ‘Rest Your Weary Bones’ – a syncopated bluesy ‘welcome song’ to the live crowd, ‘700 Parking Tickets – a swamp groove piece about scofflaws that serves as a vessel to showcase Ben Lansing’s great bluesy slide guitar licks, and ‘How Dumb Do You Think I Am?’ – an alt-authentic country ballad written by Joel Pace, who handles keyboards, accordion and vocals. All this is held tightly together by rhythm section veterans Dave Heim on drums and George Callobre on bass to provide a rootsy groove under the songs.
Cover material can include Dylan, Bruce Cockburn, John Prine, Hank Williams, Gram Parsons, John Fogerty, Grateful Dead, Little Feat and others. James Curley and Radio Fade ‘walk the line’ between 100% Authenticity and pure entertainment.
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