Joshua James – “Esperanza” single/video released!

June 17, 2014

You may now venture out into the wilds of the web and view/purchase/steal Joshua’s tribute to Kerouac’s “Tristessa”.


Here is a love affair song.
One for the faithful and the fallen.
“La guitarra se cantará”

Si te me vas Esperanza
No regreses a mi!
Si te me vas Esperanza
No regreses a mi!

Si me quieres a lado.
Dame mas que tu cuerpo
Soy tu hombre no mas
Te regreso jamas. Mi esperanza!

Ojala que recuerdes
de la sombra de mi
Amor, yo nunca podría
olvidarme de ti

Se crecera mas negro
El corazón al dentro
En mi pecho esta
Sin tu beso sera, mi Esperanza!

Cuando vea tu nombre
En el libro de muertos
Embezare caminando
Al lugar de tu cuerpo

La guitarra se cantara
Cada corde alcanzara
Al hogar de Dios
Lloarare con mi voz, a Esperanza.

Joshua James sings “Esperanza” – single and video extraordinaire out June 17, 2014!!!

June 9, 2014
Joshua was asked to write a song for a soundtrack based on Jack Kerouac’s Tristessa.  This song was given the name “Esperanza”, after one of the main characters in the story.  ”Esperanza”  is a lovely little diddy written in Spanish, showcasing the bilingual tongue of Mr. James.  Some dear friends in Joshua’s home state are quite good with the video camera, and share the same wild imagination.  They have also graced us with a companion little short film to showcase “Esperanza”.  Both of these items will see the light of day on June 17th, 2014.  Keep an eye out!
A few words about “Esperanza” from Joshua:
“A while back I was asked to read a novel by the INFAMOUS Jack Kerouac entitled “Tristessa”. I have been a fan of Mr. Kerouac’s for awhile now, and was excited to be asked to not only read this unknown (to me) novel but to write a song about the book. I was given the freedom to interpret the book and song how I saw fit.
Now, seeing as how the book is about a prostitute that Jack falls in love with i felt it almost NECESSARY to write about a love / heart break in the said song. And, seeing as how “Tristessa” was a spanish speaker I felt it (again) NECESSARY to write the song in spanish.
Tristessa’s real name was hidden from the common reader to protect her integrity. So in the song I decided to revert back to her REAL name, the enchanting, mystical, sexual “Esperanza”.
Here is a love affair song.
One for the faithful and the fallen.
“La guitarra se cantará”

Joshua James – Debut Australian Tour March 2014!!

February 13, 2014

Live Nation are thrilled to announce Utah-based, innovative folk singer JOSHUA JAMES ’ debut Australian tour. Joshua James is bringing his nouveau brand of folk to Australia as special guest on Neil Finn’s national tour this March, performing extended sets at headline shows in Melbourne at the Shebeen on Friday 14 March, Cronulla, Brass Monkey on Friday 21 March and Sydney, The Vanguard on Sunday 23 March. Tickets for all shows go on sale Thursday 13 February.

“Sentimentality is a key component of his music – songs about kidnappings, the difficulty of communication to distant relatives, substance abuse and other of difficult life challenges feature in his songs, making him comparable to folk legends Bob Dylan or Neil Young.”  The Upcoming, 2012

CRONULLA – BRASS MONKEY – FRIDAY MARCH 21 with special guest Dylan Wright

TICKETS ON SALE: Thursday 13 February

For complete tour and ticket information, visit:

Joshua James at eTown Hall with Tegan and Sara!

December 2, 2013

A bit earlier this year, Joshua and Evan made their way to Boulder, Colorado to visit Nick and Helen and the fine folks at eTown.  For those of you that missed the radio broadcast, you can now stream the show over at  You can stream the entire show here.

Additionally you can watch 4 videos from the performance on youtube here:
Joshua James – Beware 

Joshua James – Doctor, Oh Doctor

Joshua James – Queen of the City

Joshua James – Mystic

Australian tour with Neil Finn March 2014! Australian release through Cooking Vinyl…

November 12, 2013

We are excited to share the news that Joshua will be heading to Australia in March of 2014.  Joshua will be supporting the venerable Mr. Neil Finn for a full Australian tour. Additionally, an Australian version of “From the Top of Willamette Mountain” will be released through Cooking Vinyl on November 15, 2013.

Here’s a list of Australian dates supporting Neil Finn (stay tuned for more):

Nambour, Nambour Civic Centre – March 6
Brisbane, QPAC Concert Hall – March 7
Geelong, GPAC Playhouse – March 11
Melbourne, Hamer Hall – March 12:
Adelaide, Thebarton Theatre – March 15
Perth, Concert Hall – March 16
Newcastle, Civic Theatre – March 20
Sydney, Sydney Opera House Concert Hall – March 22


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Helfrich Healing / July Falls.

July 17, 2015

The last 30 days have passed in the blink of an eye. I find myself in constant amazement at the amount of time that passes between each entry inside of this online journalistic endeavor. 30 bloody days is a long time to not remind yourself of the absolute beauty that is found in your existence. NOW, lets just be TRUTH-full, it isn’t that one “needs” to record, report, analyze/over-analyze every move, moment and occurrence in ones life, BUT, as a forgetful and often time irresponsible man I find that reminders of what is and what has been keep the proverbial “DARK DOG” farther from my door (again, proverbially speaking. Most dogs I meet bring very little “darkness” to my life).

There has been much activity over the past month and I am happy to have been thrown into the whirlwind of Summer’s plethora of outdoor activity. In late June we headed to Zion National Park to meet up with my family and try our hand at face-to-face communication and connection. The time was well spent amongst my bloodline. We took the latter part of the last day of the trip to visit a waterfall that is found in the middle of the desert. This waterfall is found shortly after engaging in a rigorous five-mile drive along a (very) wicked and rocky road that eventually spits you out in front of what is known as Toquerville Falls. This oasis is one that I have heard of for several years but had not, up until this point, found myself in the right time/mind frame to visit. Funny how time shows ya that it ain’t you, it’s her.

Ollie / Sun-Glassed.


Mama & Child. Toquerville Falls.


Fotos of my GANG /Toquerville Falls.


Emerald Pools / Zion National Park / Ollie-ver.


It was a nice 6 days before the 4th of July weekend (post-Zion). The garden had quickly turned from plant to produce, serving up baskets of beets, garlic, onions, carrots, summers squash, potatoes, cukes, kale and comfort. The brassicas, tomatoes, corn, eggplant, peppers, melons, and their siblings have been taking their time with their appropriate growth. The 4th of July came quickly and we decided to skip the American pageant/parade/fiasco that can render very little inspirational thought and in stead headed to American Fork Canyon where we found ourselves at the Silver Lake trail head. With a child carrier device, an apple, granola bar and two bottles of water we started on the 5 mile round trip hike up to an oasis of water and vista. OH!! The majesty of the mountains. I had yet to hike up to Silver Lake and was amazed at the beauty found there. Upon arriving to the top our bodies were hot and felt the need to cool off in the low temperatures of the lake. Off with clothing and in we went. The water felt revitalizing and real (this might sound odd, but it really did feel “REAL”). We ate our apple and granola bar and made it safely back down the mountain. The night of the 4th we found ourselves in the comfort of our friends and neighbors, watching as they lit off their grocery sacks of spitting, sputtering, popping and poofing fireworks. Ollie was taken a back at the magic that can be found in the combination of fire and gunpowder.

Silver Lake Hike / Mille & Ollie / “Caravan Hiking”


Silver Lake / My Lady.

Gardens / Rad Boy / Ollie-ver.


The next day (July 5th) would, though EXTREMELY unforeseen/unpredicted, change my life/mind/look on the love and living of one’s existence. David Helfrich sounded kind through email, our correspondence stemmed from his desire to make some recordings here, inside the MTN. We had settled on July 5th and had plans of recording 6 cover songs that he had a deep connection with. As the morning of the 5th arrived I tidied the studio, wrapped the cables and sat on the back porch, coffee in hand, waiting for my mystery man to arrive. David rang the doorbell and upon opening offered me his hand and a smile that could crack a crook. I showed him the house and the animals after which we headed up to the studio where our next five days would be spent. Over the course of those five days I found myself falling deeper and deeper in appreciation for this man. I am in the “business” where meeting and conversing with complete strangers has become somewhat of the normal protocol, but with David, it felt much less strange and much more strangeless (huh?). Our recording sessions went from intense focus on the music to even more intense conversations of children, music, cycling, travel, the goodness of humans and the like. As our five days came to a close I felt a small piece of me leaving with him, as he drove his way back to California. The way that people come and go, passing through our vision of the world is what weaves the reds, blues, and greens into the tapestry of the indescribable “human experience”. I am thrilled that David made his way into mine.

David Helfrich and Me.


Ike RuRu / Basser / Mix Notes / Roof-side.


Evan - The Train / Octave Mandolin  / TRUE Love.


Last Day of Mixing JITTERS / Thunder Storm Dancing.


It is now mid-July and I am to leave for a 10-day tour through the midwestern states of the USA. I am happy to be singing for a spell. To be with my brothers and comrades. To breathe the air of the open road. To taste of the potent and intoxicating elixir of a TRAVELING LIFE.

On we go.

THROUGH LIFE and the living.

Finding it all out and finding out nothing in the stroke of a breath.


Made Inside The MTN

June 17, 2015

Darlins of the Trail / Timpooneke Trail / Summer 2015


Ollie-VER / Tank Canyon / Cave Dwellin’


Summer has stolen my heart, just I like I knew it would / could. The sun’s constant ray of life giving light comes early and fades late, just how it SHOULD be. It is the season of the dancing king and I am finding it just as enthralling as ever. The year is slowly creeping by and I have been fortunate enough this year to be asked to work on EVEN more recordings for artists that are on a MUSICAL journey. Over the last 7 years or so I have taught myself a bit here and a bit there about the mystical world of recording. Apart from my own music I have had the GRAND pleasure to be a part of the process with so many artists. At the end of 2014 I had the notion to try and compile one song from each of these amazing artists that I have worked with and put them all onto a record. As I approached each one of these artists/friends the response was unanimous with a resounding “YUP”. And so, after the record was compiled I approached local graphic artist / friend Jess Smart Smiley to draw a rendition of the painting that hangs on the west wall here inside of Willamette MTN. The cat with human hands is an animal that both Emma and grew quite fond of. He lived here with us for quite sometime before his passing. It is (still) a story that gets my eye’s reservoirs filled to the brim of overflowing.

Jasper, the past king of the MTN, and his kind eyes watch constant here.


Jasper in Paint / Willamette MTN / Painting by Brian Koch


Pedal Children / Willamette MTN


And with that direction, Jess went to the (quite literal) drawing board and created the artwork for the compilation about which I ramble. Once the artwork was finished we submitted the music and art to a reproducer of vinyl records and waited for the arrival of what is now known as “Made Inside The MTN”, 12 songs from 12 different artists around the country, all made/recorded inside of Willamette Mountain. I am proud to call these artists my friends, my amigos, my compadres.

The songs are as follows:


1. Ancient Days - Grayson Schick

2.  Million Missing Pieces - RuRu

3.  Black Knees – Andrew S. Burden

4. Stardust - Westward The Tide

5. Conscience - Joshua James

6. Dollar Train - Timmy The Teeth

7. Flood - Aaron Joseph Puzey

8. You Really Got A Hold On Me - Kenz Hall

9. Seven Seas - John Allred

10. Lung - Kyle Henderson w. The Coyote Howlers

11.  I’m Not Home Yet - Armon Jay

12. For You I Built A Mountain - Luke Mitchem

Boy and Pa / Made Inside The MTN


 The record has arrived and each of the artists found above have copies of the album that will be sold from venues around the states. It is a family and culture that is desired. Like mindedness, kindness, pursuit of love and art. This desire and dream ‘s first offspring has been pressed into the grooves of a polyvinyl chloride disc that can be purchased here and will ship out on it’s release date of July 7th 2015. The compilation will also be made available on Itunes, Amazon mp3, Spotify and the like with 100% of the digital sales to be donated to the World Food Programme .

Support LOCAL business. LOCAL Art. LOCAL humans.

Summer is here and we’re all lookin for a bit of groove.

Joshua Fred James

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