James Maddock
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James Maddock

New York City, New York, United States | INDIE

New York City, New York, United States | INDIE
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James Maddock - Another Life - From the album Another Life

James Maddock is a well known entity to the folks who watched Dawson's Creek and heard the music that accompanied the show. He was the front man for Wood and they had many a moment on that show and a good run at radio with hits like 'Stay You.' His third solo effort, Another Life, is an existential journey through the ups and downs of everyday. I chose the title title track, a jangly shuffle laid out over terrific guitar work by Larry Campbell and Maddock's beautiful lyrics . Call it Maddock's bucket list presented with a seasoned voice and a knowledge the joy is in the journey even during the rough times.

Another Life will be released on July 23, 2013 - The Alternate Root

"James Maddock Reassures on "I've Been There Too""

James Maddock found millions of fans listening to his music on Dawson’s Creek as lead singer of Wood, the band known for pleasant tunes like “Stay You” and “Let Me Fall.” Now, Maddock is the one lending an ear to anyone struggling through a rough patch.

“‘I’ve Been There Too” is a song that says, ‘No matter what you’re going through in life, particularly when times are tough, and you’re feeling isolated and lonely, you’re going to be OK,’” says Maddock, who moved to New York City’s Lower East Side after Wood broke up.

“You’re not alone, everybody has these moments in their lives and they come through it,” he adds. “It’s a song about hanging on in there!!”

The comforting track is featured on Maddock’s upcoming album, Another Life, arriving July 23. The project promises his familiar, heartfelt songwriting, yet with an Americana feel. Enjoy the CMT Edge premiere of “I’ve Been There Too,” then go give your best friend a hug. - CMT Edge

"A revolutionary performer: James Maddock feels comfortable on both sides of the pond"

In the nearly 50 years since The Beatles invaded these shores, the relationship between American and British rock has been increasingly complex.

Plenty of U.K. musicians have appropriated the blues and country (among other genres), while numerous U.S. rockers have cited the impact of the Rolling Stones and the Who.

Then you have the case of James Maddock. [Continued] - Daily Record

"A revolutionary performer: James Maddock feels comfortable on both sides of the pond"

In the nearly 50 years since The Beatles invaded these shores, the relationship between American and British rock has been increasingly complex.

Plenty of U.K. musicians have appropriated the blues and country (among other genres), while numerous U.S. rockers have cited the impact of the Rolling Stones and the Who.

Then you have the case of James Maddock. [Continued] - Daily Record

"Song Premiere: James Maddock, "That's Heavy""

James Maddock brews up a bright, rootsy sound with Another Life, an album that finds him crooning an old-school folk ballad one minute and rasping his way through a rusty-edged pop tune the next. On “That’s Heavy,” he tips his hat to a buddy’s dad, who survived a plane crash in WWII only to find a darker fate in the days that followed.

“He was shot down over France,” Maddock tells us, “and he and his co-pilot survived the crash and were rescued by the French Resistance. As they tried to make their way back to England, they were captured by the Nazis and tortured for the name of anyone who may have helped them make their escape. Eventually, they gave up the name of the village where they had been recovering…and as I recall, they were then sent to a POW camp, where they heard the news that the village itself had been totally destroyed — and all the inhabitants murdered — by the Nazis. I think they called it ‘Collective Punishment.’”

Over fiddle solos and a barnstorming beat, Maddock delivers the song’s unhappy ending. The prisoners were eventually released and returned home as war heroes, but the weight of the destroyed village was too much to handle. On the day the war ended, one of the pilots went into the bathroom stall of a bar and hung himself.

“We must never forget what can happen,” says Maddock, who included a line about waterboarding to give the song a current spin. “This kind of thing can happen again if we are not vigilant and fight the rise of any racist political parties that seek to blame the ills of society on immigrants or minorities, gays, black people, Muslims, Jews, trade unionists, socialists, etc.”

To borrow a line from the chorus: man, that’s heavy. - American Songwriter

"Interview: Guitar Talk with James Maddock"

Britain’s James Maddock is considered one of the most original songwriters of the moment. Maddock’s music is multi-dimensional, gallivanting from traditional folk to pop to rootsy Americana.

Maddock’s guitars of choice, of course, are Gibsons. We caught up with the British-turned-New York City-based musician to talk about his new album, Another Life, and why Gibson guitars are “the sound of the music that moves us all every day.”

For more on Maddock, visit www.jamesmaddock.net.

What was your first experience with the guitar?

My first experience with the guitar was at the store. I had just gotten an advance from Columbia Records and wanted a great guitar that I planned on using on the record and for live. I went to Rose Morris on Denmark Street in London. There on the wall were a few Gibson guitars, and I pulled off the Advanced Jumbo . I had never played one and sat down and strummed an open E chord on the 7th fret and thought, “Wow!” I fell in love right there! The guy that worked there came in and said, “That’s a man’s guitar!” I strummed it for a few minutes and bought it right there. It was the first professional acoustic guitar I ever owned.

Are you a self-taught player, or did you take lessons?

I am self-taught. I did have some lessons for a while, but I really learned by listening to records and watching other players in my home town.

What was it like moving from England to New York City in 2003 to pursue music?

Moving to New York was tough at the beginning. I didn't know anyone and it took a while to find my feet and find musicians to play with. But it’s a friendly town and full of musicians, so eventually I started to make connections.

Is it true that you’ve performed with Bruce Springsteen? What was that experience like?

I shared a stage with Bruce at the Light of Day Parkinson’s Charity event in Asbury Park. He performed there, and I was, too. Willie Nile invited me up to sing his song “One Guitar,” and suddenly, there I was next to Bruce on the stage. It was a bit surreal, actually, and then later we all got on stage and sang some songs with him in his set. Fantastic really. My favorite memory of that night was at the bar later when Bruce came over with some shots of tequila for Willie and me. Doing shots with the Boss was a thing I’ll never forget.

Let’s talk about your new album, Another Life. What approach did you take to the songwriting of this album?

With Another Life, I wanted to make a stripped-down, acoustic album, with minimum instrumentation. The songs were a collection of new and old songs. They all sounded good to me played in that style as opposed to songs that might need a more pop or fuller approach.

I had the great Larry Campbell to help me along. Tony Scherr on bass and Kenny Wallason on drums and vibes.

Switching gears to guitars, what Gibsons are in your collection?

I have a Gibson LG-1 from 1958/9 the Advanced Jumbo and a 1979 Gold Top Les Paul.

What make Gibson guitars a good fit for what you do?

I love the woody-sounding bottom end they have. I can feel the history and the tradition when I play a Gibson. I want to stand in that tradition myself. I’m proud to own and play the same guitar as my heroes.

What’s your dream Gibson guitar?

A dream Gibson for me would be an original Advanced Jumbo from the mid 1930s or a classic sunburst Les Paul from1959. A man has gotta have a dream!

What’s next for you?

Next for me is to keep writing and strumming my guitars and trying to write songs I’m proud of. Thank you to Gibson for making such classic beautiful instruments that are the sound of the music that moves us all every day. - Gibson

"Vin Scelsa on James Maddock"

“I fell head over heels in love with James Maddock's music around the turn of the century when his band Wood released Songs From Stamford Hill. My heart broke when James seemed to disappear completely from the music scene without a follow-up. From time to time I would search for him on the Internet, to no avail, and play the songs from Wood's only album with a bittersweet ache that matched the mood of the music. Imagine then how thrilled I was to discover at the end of the decade James was living and working right under my nose in New York City, far below the radar, honing his skills, biding his time. Then understand how exhilarated and thoroughly gladdened I became upon hearing his new songs, heartbreakingly beautiful, exquisitely crafted, which pick right up where Stamford Hill left off. James Maddock's talent has a timeless quality he shares with the great songwriters. His music touches the soul. How happy I am to have him back on the radar screen ... the world at large needs artists like this.” - WFUV/Sirius/XM


James Maddock Albums:

"Another Life" (Casa Del Fuego/Jullian Records)
"Jimmy and Immy Live" (Casa Del Fuego)
"Wake Up and Dream" (Casa Del Fuego)
"Live at the Rockwood" (Casa Del Fuego)
"Sunrise on Avenue C" (Casa Del Fuego)
"Strategies for Life" (Casa Del Fuego)


"Songs from Stamford Hill" (Columbia)



There’s an impassioned longing evident in the opening melody of “Another Life,” the first track on James Maddock’s most recent release by the same name that pervades the entirety of the album. And even if you’re not one of the many emphatic and diehard fans who have come to adore Maddock’s signature raspy croon and deft songwriting over the last few years, the music will sound and feel classic instantly. This is no accident. The charm of James Maddock – to somehow access all that is timeless and make immediate and lasting connections – is the product of years of honing his craft. Another Life is evidence of a master songwriting at the top of his game.

“I want to find a truth that resonates,” Maddock says of his new work, and we are better for his efforts. While Another Life, which is a collection of pop gems, luscious ballads, and rootsy Americana, is not entirely autobiographical, its arrangements and overall execution feel so intimate that it functions as such. Here is an artist with an uncanny understanding of the full range and complexity of human emotion and experience not unlike contemporary impresarios of the downtown NYC singer-songwriter scene, Grammy Award winners Norah Jones and Jesse Harris. The more personal Maddock gets, the more universal his message becomes. “I’ve Been There Too,” one of the album’s many radio-friendly singles, feels like an endearing consolation to the listener who can’t help but become the friend on the other side of a telephone call or an earnest conversation. And “Better on My Own” is the letter to the self that we all can relate to. Throughout Another Life, Maddock employs his soulful delivery and poetic lyricism in a deeply reflective collection of songs that refuse to be anything but sincere and honest, which is a refreshing change from a contemporary musical landscape infused with irony and bitter wit.

Maddock has brought together an incredible team including multi-instrumentalists Tony Scherr and Larry Campbell and producer Matt Pierson to create Another Life, which comes out in the summer of 2013. The album, funded entirely on fan pledges and support, is the culmination of his new birth and subsequent maturation as a solo artist, which is what makes the new album’s title so apropos. In 1999, his band Wood released Songs From Stamford Hill for Columbia Records. The critically acclaimed album produced a chart topper in “Stay You” and contained several songs that found a home on Dawson’s Creek, propelling the band and Maddock into a kind of stardom for which all musicians dream. He toured with major international pop acts like Paula Cole and Train, and fans across the world adored his music. After the band broke up, Maddock made a move to New York City’s Lower East Side and began a new journey as a solo artist. He sharpened his skills in little pubs and venues and recorded a string of well-received albums for an independent record label Casa Del Fuego. 2009’s Sunrise on Avenue C was given the NY Music Award for Best Americana Album and won Maddock the affection and heart of many new listeners who would soon become a devoted and loyal fan base. Fittingly, James Maddock: Live at the Rockwood Music Hall came next and still serves as a snapshot of the raw energy and heartfelt emotion of James’s live show with the band. 2011’s Wake Up and Dream was voted one of the top albums in WFUV’s Listener Poll. The song “Beautiful Now,” co-written with Mike Scott of The Waterboys, was named the #9 song in the same poll. At this point, Maddock was playing with some of the finest musicians in the city including Aaron Comess of The Spin Doctors and David Immergluck of The Counting Crows. This led to the recording of Jimmy and Immy Live at Rockwood Music Hall, which captures a stripped down and more whimsical Maddock at home with his fans on the stage that has marked this new incarnation of his career. During the span of time that these four full-length releases and the anthemic single about his hometown of Leicester called “My Old Neighborhood” comprised, Maddock performed with Bruce Springsteen and Willie Nile, sang on an album with Susan McKeown, and was featured on National Public Radio and Mountain Stage. In addition, he was given one of the greatest compliments a musician could receive – a raving review by “Idiot’s Delight” founder and free form radio legend Vin Scelsa, who called Maddock’s work “heartbreakingly beautiful and exquisitely crafted…touches the soul.”

And this, perhaps, is the thing about James Maddock and Another Life. It’s the same thing that’s at play on the great albums of artists like Jackson Browne, Bruce Springsteen, or Van Morrison and, ultimately, the secret ingredient for what makes certain music transcend and endure. When an album feels and sounds right, we likewise feel like we’re a part of the dialogue these artists are having with the world. It stirs our souls. We wake from their dreams refreshed and inspired to chas