Tour schedule

Steve stays pretty close to home this summer, working on some old guitars for the new on-line guitar store (check it out at this site!), writing a new book for String Letter, gardening, fishing, practicing with a metronome…pure excitement! He has not, however, given up professional music. Upcoming show and workshop dates include:

September through December 2017 in Seattle   Monthly Sunday Guitar Workshops at Dusty Strings   Dates and times tba   206 634 1662

**September 25  Lake Oswego Oregon  The Lake Theater and Cafe   Johnny Nicholas in concert with special guest Steve James   Info at   503 387 3236

**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 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 11  New Fairfield Connecticut  at The Senior Center for the Groovin’ In New Fairfield concert series.  Show at 7;30 pm   Guitar workshop that afternoon with details tba.

Will Steve James play at The Jalopy Theater And School Of Music in Brooklyn?  Lynette says yeah but she don’t say when.  Stay tuned.  Meanwhile Steve is fairly pullulating with excitement in anticipation of his 2017 Europe tour dates.  Here’s what’s up with that so far.

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

November 16   Krefeld   Concert at Kulturampe

November 17   Remenscheid   Ariane’s Parlor   Concert details tba

Chris says there’s another show in he works, plus a return visit to Gamble Guitars in Lintorf where last years’ guitar workshop was such a hit that SJ had to come back the next day for another one!
Then on to Bremen.  Thomas Schleiken of Blind Lemon Records has arranged:

November 19   Brookholzberg   Guitar workshop*

November 20   Brookholzberg   Blue Monday concert series*

November 21   Lernwechler   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  Guitar workshop  Details tba

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

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

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!