Tour schedule

September 25  Lake Oswego Oregon  The Lake Theater and Cafe   Johnny Nicholas in concert with special guest Steve James   Info at   503 387 3236  Advance tickets are a good idea and are available at

September 30  Seattle  The Phinney Center  6532 Phinney Av. N    Steve James in concert with special guest Johnny Nicholas   Sponsored by The Seattle Folklore Society  206 923 8932 or

So mark your calendars for 9/25 and 30 PDX and Seattle!  Steve considers his old Texas pal Johnny Nicholas “one of the best blues singers and players alive” and the opportunity for them to share a concert bill counts as a special event since Steve moved NW  Solo and duet performances featuring classic and original songs.  Git with it!

October 8  Seattle  Dusty Strings   Group guitar class   The “Blues/Roots Tool Box” theme is a favorite.  Using compact fingerstyle song arrangements as a vehicle, Steve will detail useful chord shapes, runs and rhythmic patterns essential to the blues guitar sound.  For reservations and info, call the music shop at 206 634 1662

October 27  Houston Texas  Anderson Fair  A welcome return for Steve to this venerable Lone Star folk haven for a solo concert. Always a good time.

October 28   Austin Texas   Ham Jam House Concerts   SJ recorded most of his “Live Volume 1” album the last time he played this superb concert space.  It’s real nice, but it ain’t real big, so get tix and info in advance at

October 29  Plano Texas   Texasfolk House Concerts    SJ did a show for Dallas folkie host with the most Joe Jones about 15 years ago and they’ve been trying on and off to get another one together ever since.  This is it!

November 5  Seattle  Dusty Strings  For this hands-on group class, the theme will be Open Tunings and Bottleneck Slide Guitar and the session will be devoted to classic blues/roots themes.  206 634 1662 for info/reservations.

November 11  New Fairfield Connecticut  at The Senior Center for the Groovin’ In New Fairfield concert series.  Show at 7;30 pm For tickets and info   Roots/Blues Guitar Workshop that afternoon at the Senior Center from 3-5pm  Contact Stacey Cohen for reservations at

November 12  Brooklyn, New York  The Jalopy Theater and School Of Music  Evening show at 8pm and two afternoon guitar workshops from 1-5pm   This great performance space, vintage guitar shop and beer joint is Steve’s “home away from home” in the Apple!  It’s at 315 Columbia Street in Red Hook  Call 718 395 3214 for show tix and workshop reservations

And then it’s time for the annual SJ EUROPE TOUR!

First stop is Germany with old friends Chris Iyoha and Peppe Giaquinto, The Bluestones. Their Guitar Stable at Lintorf in Westphalia is where Steve’s room has a portrait of Nina Hagen on the door! Dates include:

November 15  Haan  Concert at Fienchen’s Kajute

November 16   Krefeld   Concert at Kulturampe

November 17   Remscheid   Ariane’s Parlor   Concert details tba

November 18  Lintorf  Gamble Guitars  Roots/blues guitar workshops.

Then up to Bremen where Thomas Schleiken of Blind Lemon Records has arranged:

November 19   Bookholzberg   Guitar workshop  11am start time

November 20   Bookholzberg   Blue Monday concert series

November 21   Lemwerder   Deep River Blues  Concert

Reservations suggested.  Contact Thomas at:

A little bit of fancy traveling to get to the next shows which are:

November 23  London England   The Green Note  A first time concert appearance at this “A room” in Camden Town and an anticipated return to London.

November 24  Crawley  East Sussex   The Hawth Theater   Once again hosted by Tony “The Wheel Man” Molloy and the Crawley Blues Club.  Cool place to play and listen.   Concert with the incomparable  Adam Franklin

November 25  Topsham Devonshire   The Bridge    Steve’s been playing this ancient country pub for years with concerts arranged by British blues guitarist and author Julian Piper   A lovely, long functions room full of old and overstuffed will sell out.  Stop in for a pint or call 01 392 873 62

November 26  Topsham  The Bridge  Back for an afternoon guitar workshop.

Two days to travel back to Germany to wrap up the tour with shows on:

November 29   Mertesdorf  Hotel Weis   Concert  Contact series host Darryl Whiteley for reservations and info at

December 1  Hannover  Gaststätte Zum Stern  Concert for the Hannover Blues Club will include an opening presentation by host, record collector and blues shaman Mike Ideker

December 2   Weyern, Bavaria    Walhalla    Concert with Peter Crow C and Black Patti    A reunion of sorts for Steve and his old friend Peter who is one of Germany’s premier blues guitarists and performers.  SJ don’t know much about the venue, but always hoped he’d wind up there.

December 3   Innsbruck, Austria    House concert for host Poldi Stepanek   Details tba

December 10  Seattle  Back home for one more guitar workshop at Dusty Strings, this one devoted to a couple of carefully chosen “desert island” guitar solos from the classic blues/roots repertoire.  206 634 1662…and while you’re at it, ask about the upcoming Dusty Strings annual winter concert featuring Steve with Del Rey and special guest Suzy Thompson on February 3rd

Note:  2018 show and workshop dates will be posted later, but be advised that Steve will be at Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch Guitar Camp (with Jorma and Al Petteway!) teaching blues/roots mandolin October 26-28, 2018.  Enrollment is limited and these workshops often sell out way in advance, so…

More soon.  Contact Steve James directly with concert and workshop inquiries, to arrange private lessons or to inquire about new National instruments or vintage pieces from the guitar store.  Thanks for visiting.  See you out there!