James McCartney

Neck of the Woods Presents:

James McCartney

Lou Evans, Andy Kong

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$15.00 - $20.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

James McCartney
Following the release of his second album The Blackberry Train in 2016, critically acclaimed singer-songwriter James McCartney is set to tour the US in 2017.

James has built a robust international profile through tirelessly touring the UK, Europe and the US, including a sold out three show residency at The Islington in London. Having gained critical acclaim from Rolling Stone, The New York Times, and The Daily News, James toured the US in 2016 playing 44 shows in 25 states in just over 6 weeks.

James released his first full-length album Me in 2013, describing it as an, “Intimate, deeply personal, and honest” album that would say, “This is who I am… both musically and personally”. Since then, James has remained fiercely dedicated to his musical vision of melding smart hooks and feral alt-rock with the grandeur and spiritually centeredness of psychedelic music.

The Blackberry Train, engineered by Steve Albini (Nirvana, The Pixies and PJ Harvey), is both a diverse and cohesive album with an eclectic mix of delicately crafted songs. It opens with the jangling rocker, 'Too Hard' which features Dhani Harrison on guitar and vocals and closes with the aptly named folk song 'Peace and Stillness'. The album blends indie-rock, alt-rock, feel-good music, great melodies and catchy hooks. Highlights include the rough-edged and urgently melodic ‘Unicorn', the anthemic 'Peyote Coyote', and the soulful ballad ‘Prayer'. One very personal song is the winsome and reflective ‘Waterfall' which was inspired by memories of his mother.

“I like the music to have elements of the avant-garde, psychedelic, and be just a little against the grain,” James reveals. “But in the end, it's about having as much emotion as possible for me, musically and lyrically. It’s all about the music being cathartic, heartfelt and true.”

Thinking ahead, James says: “I just want to keep on going, keep working, and improving as a songwriter. I’d love to feel that I realised my full potential both as a person, and as a songwriter. That feels like a great, fulfilling goal to shoot for. Making a lot of music, and striving for more depth artistically – those are my goals.”

James shows no signs of slowing down and continues to hone his craft as a songwriter, musician and performer.
Lou Evans
Lou Evans is a singer/songwriter based in San Francisco, CA. He played professional baseball in the Miami Marlins Minor League system from 2001-2005. In 2005, he decided to pursue his burgeoning music career. An American Idol Season 4 contestant, Lou has constantly been performing and writing new music. The past few years he has been given some great opportunities to shine by singing the National Anthem at a San Francisco Giants game and Golden State Warriors games. Having released his first EP (All a Dream..) in October 2013, he has recently released his first official music video 'Light on Your Toes', and his full length album, 'Lost then Found'. With his album release show at the nationally renown venue, The Great American Music Hall. A powerful, soulful vocalist and passionate songwriter, his momentum is soaring. Keep your eyes and ears open for this rising talent!
Andy Kong
Independent in every sense of the word, 26-year-old, Andy Kong, writes, records, produces and engineers every song from “notes on a napkin” to the final mix. Raised on the classic records of the 60’s and 70’s, the Northern California native is defining a sound that blends the intimacy of James Taylor with the synthetic grit of modern electronic artists like James Blake and Chet Faker.

Andy’s unique sound is as equally fresh as it is accessible and has lead him on multiple tours across the western United States, headlining stages up and down the coast including, Freight and Salvage (Berkeley, CA), Cafe Du Nord (San Francisco, CA) and the Alberta Rose Theater (Portland, OR).

In 2014, Andy was awarded “International Song of the Year” by the West Coast Songwriters Association and is currently promoting his new Meteor Showers EP, while finishing up production on a new video-musical project, entitled “Westfalia”, due out in the Fall
Venue Information:
Neck of the Woods
406 Clement Street
San Francisco, CA, 94118
http://neckofthewoodssf.com