James M Carson
Born in Bolton,
James. M. Carson is a hard edged folk
singer-songwriter who has been predominantly touring
the Greater Manchester scene for past two years.
Carson's regular slots in Manchester venues, as part
of the increasingly popular House of Cards
productions, recently led to a supporting slot with
the Bluetones' Mark Morriss. His involvement in the
Liverpool music scene and the promoters there [T2F]
has provided equally impressive guest slots at the
famous Lomax venue with singer-songwriter legend
Interest in his music has spread
from its humble local origins to as far as the U.S.
and Australia, with some of his material receiving
air play on ALL FM and MRO (UK), Shock Pop Radio
Show (U.S.) and Sideways through Sound (AU).
talented musician from an early age, Carson has been
writing music since his teens but only recently
began channelling his talent into writing music for
people other than himself. Carson's path to
releasing his first single has been fraught with
From graduating from University in
the Creative Arts to lowly manual labour work in his
home town, Bolton, his CV reflects that of a man not
content with 9-5 mundanity.
The antithesis of the
instant pop star, Carson is slowly building a loyal
following and 2014 is looking to be the year that
others will get the chance to hear why.
is Lost” is Carson's first single and showcases his
soaring voice and intricate and luminous guitar
arrangements. Influenced by the melodic melancholy
and the intimate lyricism of the likes of Neil Young
and Elliot Smith, but equally entranced by the power
pop hooks of bands such as Teenage Fanclub and their
grunge admirers, Nirvana, Carson's first single is a
tale of lost souls, a lack of belonging to the
modern world and musically it evokes simpler times
when the quest for melody was king, and when Laurel
Canyon was the place for any songwriter to be.
the forthcoming four track EP you should expect to
hear Beatlesque pop-rock, Americana strum-along
storytelling and surf-vibe guitar picking.
sighted influences include: Tom Petty and the
Heartbreakers; The Beatles; Wilco; Calexico; Ryan
Adams; CSN&Y; George Harrison; The Kinks; The
Lemonheads; Jeff Buckley; Neil Finn.
About the EP
Not unlike music from the hills of 70s Laurel
Canyon, Carson's songs evoke shadows of simpler
times when the quest for melody was king. James has
been influenced by the melodic melancholy and
intimate lyricism of singer songwriters like Neil
Young and Elliott Smith, but equally entranced by
the power pop hooks of bands such as Teenage Fanclub
as well as their grunge admirers, Nirvana.
debut EP, Sold As Scene, showcases five tracks of
melodious, heartfelt songwriting drawing from the
well of folk, alt-country, americana and 90s
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