James Hand finishes recording new CD
Monday, September 15, 2008
– Texas honky tonker James Hand just finished recording his second CD for Rounder Records with a January release date. The disc was produced by Ray Benson (Asleep at the Wheel) and Lloyd Maines (Dixie Chicks).
Hand will participate in the Americana Music Festival this week with a show Friday at the Country music Hall of Fame.
Last month, Hand and his band filmed in Austin an episode of the NBC series Friday Night Lights.
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Stormclouds in Heaven
It's not necessary to have stepped foot in a church recently to find true pleasure in James "Slim" Hand's latest effort, a 14-song gospel album on which he wrote or co-wrote everything. There is delight to be found in the ease of Hand's vocals, which slide capably between joy and mournfulness, and his words, charged by the Holy Spirit and the ghost of Hank Williams.
Just as with his secular work, Hand writes vivid, deceptively simple songs that quickly have their way »»»
Mighty Lonesome Man
Texas-born singer and songwriter James Hand might be the first to laugh at making himself the subject of an old joke, the punch line of which would go something like, "It only took James Hand 40 years to become an overnight (cult) sensation." After decades as an underappreciated legend on the Lone Star honky-tonk circuit his breakthrough 2006 release "The Truth Will Set You Free" transformed him into a cult figure, only reinforced by the follow-up, "Shadow On The Ground. »»»
Shadows in the Ground
Texas artist James Hand, 57, has long been a Texas treasure, but is finally receiving more widespread acclaim. The 12-song release - his second for the label - includes only 1 cover, a western swing version of Nat King Cole's hit Mona Lisa. The rest of the record contains originals written by Hand that provides proof that traditional country music is still alive and well.
Co-produced by Asleep at The Wheel front man Ray Benson and Lloyd Maines, Hand delivers each song with a passion seldom heard today. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk
When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: On day 3, MerleFest opts for tradition
The biggest day of the MerleFest weekend is always Saturday. There was still plenty of "Plus" to go around, but the highlights of this year's big day focused on the more traditional side of the festival's "Traditional Plus" lineup from headliners Dave Rawlings Machine down to the regional acts on the smaller stages.... »»»
Concert Review: MerleFest showcases diversity on day two
Although primarily thought of as a "roots music" festival, the artists at MerleFest can and do come from a variety of genres and locales. On the first full day of this year's festival, that point was underscored with performances from not just bluegrass and string bands, but also rock 'n' roll, soul and international acts... »»»
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