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On An Ordinary Day
#80 in Folk SongVault Certified
On An Ordinary Day
Manufactured Meaning
Contemporary Folk
Length: 4:09
On Network Since Jun 18, 2008
Lay Down Big Easy
#222 in Folk SongVault Certified
Lay Down Big Easy
Manufactured Meaning
Folk Rock
Length: 4:38
On Network Since Jun 18, 2008
Never Been To Memphis
#236 in Folk SongVault Certified
Never Been To Memphis
Manufactured Meaning
Folk Rock
Length: 3:58
On Network Since Nov 4, 2008
TV Or Not TV
#237 in Folk SongVault Certified
TV Or Not TV
Manufactured Meaning
Folk Rock
Length: 4:01
On Network Since Nov 4, 2008
Our Lady of Rogers Park
#261 in Folk SongVault Certified
Our Lady of Rogers Park
Manufactured Meaning
Folk
Length: 3:54
On Network Since Nov 4, 2008
Poet Laureate
#284 in Folk SongVault Certified
Poet Laureate
Manufactured Meaning
Folk Rock
Length: 4:22
On Network Since Nov 4, 2008
Radio Fade
#370 in Country SongVault Certified
Radio Fade
Manufactured Meaning
Alternative Country
Length: 4:08
On Network Since Jun 18, 2008
My Last Silent Night
#384 in Country SongVault Certified
My Last Silent Night
Manufactured Meaning
Alternative Country
Length: 4:00
On Network Since Nov 4, 2008
Free Agent Deieties
#385 in Country SongVault Certified
Free Agent Deieties
none
Alternative Country
Length: 3:53
On Network Since Nov 4, 2008
James Curley
SongVault Certified Artist James Curley

Chicago
Illinois, United States


Alternative Country / Folk Rock

Listen to James Curley
Literate songcraft in a style sometimes described by the 'catch-all' term Americana. James Curley writes and performs 'Lyrically imaginative Electro-Acoustic Folk Rock Country Blues' supported by a cast of seasoned musical veterans from Chicago and Upstate New York.

Biography
"...some of the best literate and articulate lyrics that have crossed our desk in some time.....highly recommended" - Acoustic Rainbow - Roots Music Airplay Sampler for Radio.

"James's writing truly upholds everything good, right and true about American Roots music. Like Kristofferson, Prine, Goodman and Zevon, James Curley is a visionary way ahead of today's mainstream songwriters." - Timothy Edward Jones, journalist and author of 'Country Conversations' www.TEJBooks.com

Chicago based songwriter James Curley writes literate Americana-Roots based songs in the tradition mined by songwriters such as Warren Zevon, Tom Waits, Steve Goodman and John Gorka. Primarily observing the broader human condition rather than relationship and love songs, James' keen eye for absurdity, hypocrisy, pathos and human interest is evident in the lyrics of his songs, especially those on his most recent CD 'Manufactured Meaning' from 2007.

Appearing live in the Midwest with his band, Radio Fade, James performs rhythmic, rootsy Americana-tinged Folk-Rock in the tradition of The Band, Little Feat, Jackson Browne, John Hiatt & Little Village, etc. The sound is gutsy and authentic, featuring acoustic and electric guitars, slide guitars, Hammond B3 and Piano, and a veteran rhythm section to accompany James's literate songs.

James' acoustic sets for more intimate listening rooms can feature piano, octave mandolin, guitar, accordion, dobro and rhythmic elements.

On record, James likes to embellish the arrangements of some songs with horns and strings and other elements not easily reproduced live without a ten-piece band.

The live 'club-oriented' show is roots-rockin' and features songs like 'Rest Your Weary Bones' - a syncopated bluesy 'welcome song' to alive crowd, '700 Parking Tickets - a swamp groove piece about scofflaws that serves as a vessel to showcase Ben Lansing's great bluesy slide guitar licks, and 'How Dumb Do You Think I Am?' - an alt-authentic country ballad written by Joel Pace, who handles keyboards, accordion and vocals. All this is held tightly together by rhythm section veterans Dave Heim on drums and George Callobre on bass to provide a rootsy groove under the songs.

Instrumentation
James Curley & Radio Fade

James Curley - Guitars, Vocals
George Callobre, Bass
Dave Heim, Percussion
Joel Pace, Keyboards, Accordion, Guitar, Vocals
Ben Lansing, Slide and Electric Guitars, Octave Mandolin

Discography
2007 - Manufactured Meaning
2003- Tom's Cafe
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