Blue James Band
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Blue James Band

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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"Will is music for the mind with body shaking grooves"

"Will is music for the mind with body shaking grooves." - Bill Whiting, An Honest Tune


"The songs on "Will" are sophisticated and intricate, yet they never sound less than organic"

"The songs on "Will" are sophisticated and intricate, yet they never sound less than organic." -Bill's Music Forum - Bill's Music Forum


"Will is music for the mind with body shaking grooves"

"Will is music for the mind with body shaking grooves." - Bill Whiting, An Honest Tune


"(BJB) incorporates a little bit of reggae, a little bit of funk, but are rooted in good ol’ rock and roll"

"(BJB) incorporates a little bit of reggae, a little bit of funk, but are rooted in good ol’ rock and roll." -APOC, UCONN radio - APOC, UCONN radio


"That's That may be one of the best-played albums we've reviewed this month"

“That's That may be one of the best-played albums we've reviewed this month.” - Phillip Buchan, Splendid Magazine - Phillip Buchan, Splendid Magazine


"This band has serious groove and is tight every step of the way..."

“Along the same lines as Blues Traveler, Blue James Band is a group of well seasoned musicians. This band has serious groove and is tight every step of the way, this CD is well produced and fits the songs that the band flows freely through track after track. I can see this band being a hit with all the audiences that see them on their tour this summer.”
-West Coast Independent - West Coast Independent


"(BJB) incorporates a little bit of reggae, a little bit of funk, but are rooted in good ol’ rock and roll"

"(BJB) incorporates a little bit of reggae, a little bit of funk, but are rooted in good ol’ rock and roll." -APOC, UCONN radio - APOC, UCONN radio


""...muscular but mellow acoustic-based rock and roll that is a pleasure to listen to""

“Cliff writes and produces these songs with intense personality, honesty and a unique individual vibe. Lucky for him, however, is that he also has a very talented band standing not behind him but rather right next to him, and sometimes in front of him. The ending result is a muscular but mellow acoustic-based rock and roll that is a pleasure to listen to, with a funk that is easy to dance to and lyrics that are easy to relate to. Blue James Band is making a splash in the mid and south west with this kind music and their reputation for free spirited jams is a big part of why.”
-Dave Terpeny, Kynd Music - Dave Terpeny, Kynd Music


""...muscular but mellow acoustic-based rock and roll that is a pleasure to listen to""

“Cliff writes and produces these songs with intense personality, honesty and a unique individual vibe. Lucky for him, however, is that he also has a very talented band standing not behind him but rather right next to him, and sometimes in front of him. The ending result is a muscular but mellow acoustic-based rock and roll that is a pleasure to listen to, with a funk that is easy to dance to and lyrics that are easy to relate to. Blue James Band is making a splash in the mid and south west with this kind music and their reputation for free spirited jams is a big part of why.”
-Dave Terpeny, Kynd Music - Dave Terpeny, Kynd Music


Discography

Give Me the Love or Give Me the Fight - 2012
WILL - 2008
That's That - 2005

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The Blue James Band is an American rock band founded and fronted by vocalist and guitar player Clifton Williams. The Blue James Band was formed in Los Angeles, California, but are now based in Boston, MA.

The band began in 2004 as a vehicle for Clifton Williams’ songs while he was scoring projects for film and television while in Los Angeles. The band released their debut record, that’s that, in 2005 and their sophomore effort, WILL, in 2008.

After touring the Western US from 2005-2008, Clifton decided to move the project to the East Coast to “see how the other half lives” as he puts it. “I’ve lived in California my whole life and though I love it and consider myself a true Californian, I wanted to get out for awhile to experience the other coast.”

He stopped in Virginia for a few years, released the 2nd Blue James Band album and finally settled into the Boston area. It was in Virginia where he met current bass player Bryan Worley and multi-instrumentalist Liz Lawrence. They moved to Boston with Clifton and along with Cornelius Foley on drums, the East coast Blue James Band was completed. Keyboardist Valerie Taylor also tours with the band on occasion.

The band recorded their 3rd album, Give Me the Love or Give Me the Fight, while on tour in Virginia. Clifton produced the record and finished the process at his studio in Boston, MA. Scott Reibling (Weezer, Letters to Cleo) mixed the record which will be released on Chappy Payne Records in September of 2012.