James Velvet
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James Velvet

Hamden, Connecticut, United States | SELF

Hamden, Connecticut, United States | SELF
Band Americana Acoustic

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(Velvet) and his various bands deliver the songs with a little jangle, a little grimace, and a great big knowing wink. Velvet is casually poetic, fascinated by Americana, never too bitter or too jolly. He's by turns wistful ("St. Cecilia"), playful ("In My Head"), brooding ("Dark Wind") and hilarious ("Gouty Arthritis").
James Velvet is the kind of performer fans of clever, subtle songwriters like Randy Newman, Elvis Costello and Billy Bragg would appreciate, and New Haven's lucky to have someone like him around.
-- Brian LaRue
- The New Haven Advocate


(James Velvet and) The Mocking Birds are an undeniably incredible roots-rock band...honing it's sound for ten years...the band has developed a refreshing pastiche of sounds that incorporates all their influences but is best described as good-hearted rock and roll with integrity and humor... ("Still Here") zips across genres and boundaries with ease and no small degree of musical sophistication and imagination...These guys are one of the best kept secrets around, which really is a travesty!"
-- Mick Skidmore - Relix


Discography

I've self-released many of my own tunes, which I sell on CDs at gigs, ( altho' that era seems to be coming to a close!)
For a complete discography (and some free downloads) go to: www.jamesvelvet.com

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Bio

I have played in dozens of bands in Southern New England over the course of the last twenty-five years. I've covered everything from Louis Armstrong to ZZ Top, but I've also written and performed many dozens of my own songs.
Find out more at: www.jamesvelvet.com