Full-Contact Folk Music: James Hearne cut his teeth in the bare-knuckle Philadelphia indie rock scene, touring the Northeast as a frontman; his debut solo LP, released in June of this year, Through Private Wars, covers the well-worn path of a true rock journeyman – including endless miles of traveling, loving deeply, making dodgy choices, scraping for dollars, and drinking too much for too long. Powerhouse vocals over woodsy guitars, literate songs times wry banter, floor-to-ceiling dynamics plus wall-to-wall heart.
Fans of Jason Isbell’s gut-wrenching, southern-tinged rock will find something they love in Hearne’s powerfully-wrought storytelling and sparse but nimble picking. Those who have embraced the promising modern-meets-classic country spirit of Sturgill Simpson and Lydia Loveless will find a kindred old soul whose work demands repeated listens on long drives. And those who occasionally find their solace from playing a Ryan Adams album loudly and a working their way through a tumbler of whiskey might just have found their new favorite act.
James has played all over the Northeast. He also performs locally: Colony, Woodstock NY; BSP, Kingston NY; HiLo, Catskill, NY; Hudson Valley Distillers, Clermont NY; Sloop Brewing, Elizaville NY; and was a performer at Tivoli's Got Talent and Tivoli Day, both in Tivoli, NY. James was recently part of the Emerging Artist Showcase at the Falcon Ridge Folk Fest.
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