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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”.

BUY IT HERE
VIEW THE VIDEO HERE 

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

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

MELBOURNE – SHEBEEN – FRIDAY, MARCH 14 with special guest LAKYN
CRONULLA – BRASS MONKEY – FRIDAY MARCH 21 with special guest Dylan Wright
SYDNEY – THE VANGUARD – SUNDAY MARCH 23 with special guest LAKYN

TICKETS ON SALE: Thursday 13 February

For complete tour and ticket information, visit: www.livenation.com.au

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 etown.org.  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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Dia De Las Madres

May 10, 2015

The Mightiest MOMMA

Some days you feel grateful. Some days you forget. It doesn’t serve as an excuse for me as much as it does a description. It just is. You forget things that have been done for you / to you. Maybe it’s just the process that the brain goes through to be able to cope with the fact that it is on until it isn’t (any longer). The thought of it can feel “HEAVY”.

Madre de los hijos mios / Swingin’ Sunday

My parents came to town and i was able to see them. We walked in the rain, talked of Nebraska and children. We watched as my younger brother passed across a stage to take a diploma that may lead him to a greener pastures. We built a fire and let it take our conversation to topics untouched. Four days with Father and Mother, the last being the morning of “Mothers Day”. I was able to tell the woman that birthed me a humble “thank you”.

Daddy Fred / Ollie-VER / Salt Lake City

Words of Adoration / Mother Mia.

To my mother, my lover, the woman and child.

The twist and the grind of a life that still beats.
Starts with the thought then the swim to the seed.
Slow and inside of the mother it grows,
Two hearts step in sync till the seed meets the soul.

Now into the world with a gasp for the air.
Everything’s foreign, it seems jarring, unfair.
There is color and beauty, a world to be seen
There is darkness and thunder but hope in between.

Through every moment there’s a woman who sits.
Cautious to protect to the point where she’s sick,
She guides from a far through her motion and move.
Showing the seed what it means to improve.

One step then five till the seed has its mind
It kisses the Mother and waves it’s goodbyes.
The win and the fail all apart of the drive
Showing the bitter only sweetens a life.

Now years trickle through making elders from youth
And looking behind there’s the pillar of truth.
The woman who gave you the breath that you take.
The mightiest of creatures, the Mother, the maid.


joshua (a wolf)

Dia De Las Madres

May 10, 2015

The Mightiest MOMMA

Some days you feel grateful. Some days you forget. It doesn’t serve as an excuse for me as much as it does a description. It just is. You forget things that have been done for you / to you. Maybe it’s just the process that the brain goes through to be able to cope with the fact that it is on until it isn’t (any longer). The thought of it can feel “HEAVY”.

Madre de los hijos mios / Swingin’ Sunday

My parents came to town and i was able to see them. We walked in the rain, talked of Nebraska and children. We watched as my younger brother passed across a stage to take a diploma that may lead him to a greener pastures. We built a fire and let it take our conversation to topics untouched. Four days with Father and Mother, the last being the morning of “Mothers Day”. I was able to tell the woman that birthed me a humble “thank you”.

Daddy Fred / Ollie-VER / Salt Lake City

Words of Adoration / Mother Mia.

To my mother, my lover, the woman and child.

The twist and the grind of a life that still beats.
Starts with the thought then the swim to the seed.
Slow and inside of the mother it grows,
Two hearts step in sync till the seed meets the soul.

Now into the world with a gasp for the air.
Everything’s foreign, it seems jarring, unfair.
There is color and beauty, a world to be seen
There is darkness and thunder but hope in between.

Through every moment there’s a woman who sits.
Cautious to protect to the point where she’s sick,
She guides from a far through her motion and move.
Showing the seed what it means to improve.

One step then five till the seed has its mind
It kisses the Mother and waves it’s goodbyes.
The win and the fail all apart of the drive
Showing the bitter only sweetens a life.

Now years trickle through making elders from youth
And looking behind there’s the pillar of truth.
The woman who gave you the breath that you take.
The mightiest of creatures, the Mother, the maid.


joshua (a wolf)

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