"guitar wizard" - 5 best gigs - The Independent


"musically, lyrically and vocally, it's stunning and thought-provoking... a real artist in a sea of imitators."


Of James' 60-minute album, Coming Home to Stay:

JAMES HOLLINGSWORTH of Bristol, UK is talented. That's an obvious statement and one that few would argue over. It's the degrees of the talent that might cause a few to squabble. Is he a better singer, than guitarist? Is he a better poet than musician? Who's his contemporary in the American scene?? (You know how we love comparisons.) In the end, we all know it doesn't matter, but we enjoy trying to dissect another's giftedness as if to 'discover' for ourselves a shortcut to their greatness. But even if we're successful at pinpointing what it is that we think makes them special, without their particular DNA, we can only hope for, at best, a substandard duplication, but hardly a flattering imitation, of their uniqueness.

James Hollingsworth is UNIQUE and dare I go out on a limb, I don't think he has an equal, especially when you consider the sub total of what he does.., and how he does it. Yes, there's the obvious John Martyn reference that will undoubtedly arise when you listen to him in passing, but with the exception of them being fellow countrymen, the comparison is unfair, being more than a few generations apart, there's something decidedly more spiritual and mystical in James' writings. COMING HOME TO STAY is a journeyman's CD in that the songs represent many different stages of growth and musicianship as they span from 2001 to the present day. But the journey isn't necessarily his to travel along, but you're invited in a most intimate way to participate, from the opening lines of the first tune, Sooner or Later (2003) where he offers you the opportunity of common introspection:

When you look around the World
It's hard to imagine how things are gonna get better
Without feeling like an idealistic fool...

I don't wish to divulge my point of view on the remaining 11 tunes as what I truly feel and learned about myself as I listened is quite personal and I suspect you'll feel the same, if you give the full CD a full and complete listen. I can only implore you to take the journey with James through his poignant songbook in this latest release and then let him know personally how he's touched your soul, as he undoubtedly will. Musically, lyrically and vocally, it's stunning and thought-provoking and just sits well in your spirit as you listen...
- EDEN



See more CD's at James' website.

This Mote in Heaven (single edit)




Melodic Dream Trance
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Remembering
part of The Game of Clouds and Rain



acoustic techno
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What is This?
part of 'The Game of Clouds and Rain' (Adventures in Loopland)



Club Trance
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The Hotter They Are
Part of 'The Game of Clouds and Rain' (Adventures in Loopland)



Psychedelic trance
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Still Lights up the Rain (live)
Recorded live at St George's Hall, Bristol.



Psychedelic folk
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Deny Denial




Folk/Acoustic Rock/Americana
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Coming Home to Stay
from the 2007 album 'Coming Home to Stay'.



Acoustic Ballad
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Faster than Light (live at Coombe Lodge)




Live Performances
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Sooner or Later (live)
Recorded live at St George's Hall, Bristol.



Acoustic English songwriting
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Swansong (live)
Recorded live at St George's Hall, Bristol.



Acoustic Ballad
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Our Own Little World (Acoustic Band)




Psychedelic folk
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Still Lights up the Rain
from the 2007 album 'Coming Home to Stay'.



Folk/Acoustic Rock/Americana
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Way Down South
from the 2007 album 'Coming Home to Stay'.



Folk/Acoustic Rock/Americana
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Saturday Road Ahead
from the 2007 album 'Coming Home to Stay'.



Folk/Acoustic Rock/Americana
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Long Way Out
from the 2007 album 'Coming Home to Stay'.



Folk/Acoustic Rock/Americana
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Sooner or Later
from the 2007 album 'Coming Home to Stay'.



Folk/Acoustic Rock/Americana
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Eternity
from the 2007 album 'Coming Home to Stay'.



Folk/Acoustic Rock/Americana
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Better Never Than Too Late
from the 2007 album 'Coming Home to Stay'.



Folk/Acoustic Rock/Americana
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Cast down from the Skies
from the 2007 album 'Coming Home to Stay'.



Folk/Acoustic Rock/Americana
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You're not the only one
from the 2007 album 'Coming Home to Stay'.



Acoustic Ballad
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Beyond Revelation
from the 2007 album 'Coming Home to Stay'.



Folk/Acoustic Rock/Americana
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The Bounty of Id
from the 2007 album 'Coming Home to Stay'.



Folk/Acoustic Rock/Americana
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The Same Sky (live)
From the live album Alive in 2005.




Folk/Acoustic Rock/Americana
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Through the Eyes of Aliens
Version 1. Improvisation. Tone-Accelerated Acoustic Guitar and Hand-drums dynamically massaged with an electronic Compressor



Experimental
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Taken Down
from the 2007 7-song mini-album 'Seventh String', released 07/07/07.



Folk/Acoustic Rock/Americana
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This is It
from the 2007 7-song mini-album 'Seventh String', released 07/07/07.



Folk/Acoustic Rock/Americana
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No News is Bad News
from the 2007 7-song mini-album 'Seventh String', released 07/07/07.



Folk/Acoustic Rock/Americana
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Write it on the Door
from the 2007 7-song mini-album 'Seventh String', released 07/07/07.



Folk/Acoustic Rock/Americana
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Zen
from the 2007 7-song mini-album 'Seventh String', released 07/07/07.



Folk/Acoustic Rock/Americana
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Grace under Pressure
from the 2007 7-song mini-album 'Seventh String', released 07/07/07.



Folk/Acoustic Rock/Americana
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Quieter Lifetime
from the 2007 7-song mini-album 'Seventh String', released 07/07/07.



Folk/Acoustic Rock/Americana
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DMD Compact Disc Online
Coming Home to Stay
"musically, lyrically and vocally, it's stunning and thought-provoking... a real artist in a sea of imitators." - EDEN

Folk/Acoustic Rock/Americana  info  
DMD Compact Disc Online
Seventh String
"James's voice is like a seventh string on his guitar, the effect is captivating." - The Eleventh Hour, Bath, UK.

Folk/Acoustic Rock/Americana  info  


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SHIZOEY

11/20/2008 6:38:47 AM
Hi.
Please check the new fucking song out....
And tell us what you think
Have a Great Week
Best Regards
SHIZOEY




caro

6/12/2007 6:24:51 AM
Hey James, you have quite a few new songs...very nice :) i especially like the piano one (saturday road ahead). wishing you the best!



SILVERWOODSTUDIO

4/21/2007 6:59:21 PM
James, thank you!

I guess birds of a feather---do flock together!




caro

4/13/2007 5:19:29 PM
tnx ;)



caro

4/13/2007 8:30:27 AM
Very nice!
I like the album cover really much as wel :)



 

       

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"Powerful performances, distinctive songwriting, a prog-rock sensibility pared down to the acoustic as Roy Harper would have it, and the perfect production. Brilliant!"

"Definitely in the same musical super-league as the great Nick Harper (and not many in that league)"


See details of more CD's at James' website.


"What a Singer!" - John Burns, producer Genesis, Burning Spear, Jethro Tull, John Martyn & others.


"James's voice is like a seventh string on his guitar, it's uncanny how well the two intermingle with each other and the effect is captivating." - The Eleventh Hour, Bath

James Hollingsworth gained apowerful reputation as lead vocalist with JEBO, whose IAC page is here. James left the band in 2009, both acts are still going strong.



Find James on MySpace.




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