James Grant

James Grant

BandRockBlues

Mythology is a combination of soulful, virtuoso electric guitar with a twist of techno. A world class musician, James composed, arranged and engineered this cd. His guitar is his voice..his compositions are complex.. each piece paints a story that takes the listener on an evocative journey.

Biography

"Mythology" is available at CDbaby.com/ TowerRecords.com/ Amazon.com/ and Itunes.com
From the CD “Patong Beach” was aired on an ABC TV’s primetime show called “MD’s”, behind a segment that featured Macy Gray.

Located in Southern California , James Says “ I have the heart of a blues guitar player but have always been interested in opening up other harmonic territories and exploring sounds that can take people on a journey through their own emotions. For example “Rainmaker” has been described as “Pink Floydesque” and “Jade” as an example of how to make a guitar cry. “Patong Beach” probably gets closest to a traditional minor blues pattern but then the “double stop” bends are reminiscent of Roy Buchanan. And “Darkstar, ” with it’s drop D tuning has a lovely brooding vibe to it, which I have a great time superimposing funky, spiky riffs on top of. When I’m asked what to call this music I don’t have a quick snappy response…..it’s real…it’s heartfelt…. it’s different.

Regarding the title of the CD,” it was inspired by the writings of Joseph Campbell the great teacher of Mythology. We are all, every one of us on a mythological journey …the Quest or the Hero’s Journey..... these archetypes lie deep within the spirit. When you listen to this music you will feel my journey…..it’s my sincere hope that it inspires others on theirs.”

James is originally from Montreal, where his father had been the first violinist in the Montreal Symphony.
At five years of age he exhibited signs of interest in playing the guitar by taking his father’s violin, flipping it over
and plucking it like a six string. After a move to the west coast to Vancouver, he spent years in the A circuit
playing and building a reputation that culminated with a blues rock quartet called “Small Mercies”. This group
(which played Jame’s compositions) was comprised of John Howard on vocals and bass, Frank Dato on drums
and Dave Webb on Hammond organ and keyboards won radio station CFOX ‘s yearly talent contest where they competed with hundreds of bands.
From this they were chosen to play at actor Lou Gossett Jr.’s wrap party for the movie “The Inspectors” being filmed at the time.
The songs “So Many Nights” and “Jade” also received substantial airplay from CFOX.

From there James made his way south where he played with many blues based artists throughout the Austin Texas area.
It was also here that his “Mythology” project took shape. Here was where he built the computer based studio and developed the programming and engineering skills necessary to complete his vision…..an album of guitar instrumentals steeped in soulful, lyrical playing infused with a bit of techno, modern loops, grooves and ambiences.

Lyrics

Mythology

Written By: James Grant

All songs are instumentals
The guitar is the voice and the Lyrics are the compositions of sound that awakens your soulful thoughts.

Discography

From His Album Mythology ( available on CDbaby.com)
'Patong Beach' was aired on ABC TV's Primetime Show MD's in a segment featuring Macy Gray.
Also on this album is the award winning piece 'JADE' which aired on CFOX Radio.

Set List

Set is 60 minutes, Set list below of 12 songs
1.Darkstar
2.Rainmaker
3.Oasis
4.Portal
5.Out of the Blue
6.Mythology
7.Phenomenon
8.Jade
9.Austin Skyline
10.Patong Beach
11.Sangria
12.Silhouette