Traditional singer James Hand dies
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Traditional singer James Hand dies

Monday, June 8, 2020 – Traditional country singer James Hand, who did not release an album until he was in his 40s, died at the age of 67.

Hand's recording career started in 1999. The next year, he released his breakout sophomore LP "Evil Things" on Cold Spring Records. In 2005, he signed with Rounder Records, releasing "The Truth Will Set You Free" and 2009's "Shadow on the Ground."

Hand would go on to release two more albums, "Mighty Lonesome Man" on the Hillgrass Bluebilly label and, his final work, "Stormclouds in Heaven" in 2015.

Hand always wore a suit, tie and cowboy hate when performing.

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CD review - 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 ...
CD review - 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. ...
CD review - 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. ...

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