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Joshua James 

When: Wed., Nov. 4 2009
Price: Free
After being inspired by the sights and sounds and general curiosity of a new lifestyle abroad, Lincoln, Neb., native Joshua James decided to put the pen to paper and write poetry and music about what he had experienced in his short 20-something years on the planet. Within his big folk sound to it, there are traces of country music. One won’t find the typical break-up/make-up romantic mumbo-jumbo in the lyrics, which touch on family stories, along with some slightly political pieces. He sings his songs with a surprisingly light voice that, according to a press release, is “as sun-bleached and wind-battered as a Nebraska cornfield.” Like any aspiring artist of this day and age, James put his work out on MySpace and other music networking avenues, and shortly after, something came along and bit the bait, and James reeled record producer Shannon Edgar in. After recording his debut album The Sun is Always Brighter in 2007, artists like John Mayer and David Gray caught wind of James’ talent and invited him on tour for them. In celebration of his second studio album, Build Me This, James will be heading to Charleston for a free gig presented by The Bridge at 105.5. The station has Build Me This’s “Coal War” in rotation, and weekend jock The Critic has been playing “Lawn Full of Marigolds” and “Pitchfork” from the new album on The Critic’s Choice shows this season as well. —Amber N. Crago


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