“The specific excitement of his performances ought to be enough to convince anyone that there is something real, something unfeigned, something vital in the hands and throat of a master like James.”
“The old masters clearly passed on the secret of achieving the blues musicians goal of ‘oneness’-that state of grace where voice, hands, guitar, bottleneck and feet coalesce and the fingers finish phrases the voice begins or vice-versa”.
Gavin Report/Americana Picks:
“…had me hopping from the first four bars”
“Flawless fingerpicking and slide guitar paired with an idiosyncratic style and an exuberant performance persona make James come on like a full band.”
“James has a rare gift for using traditional forms with complete naturalness…”
Blues & Rhythm (UK):
“Since Ry Cooder moved into film music…Steve James has achieved the best balance between skill, humor and eclecticism”
“James pulls off riffs that no one this side of Mississippi John Hurt or prime Leo Kottke has committed to tape in years”.
It says alot about James’ gift as a musician and storyteller that his own songs possess much of the same charm of the same charm of the older songs he performs”.
“…an underground legend”