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Album Review

James Low's most obvious point of reference is the great Texan singer/songwriter Townes Van Zandt. Their phrasing is uncannily similar on some songs, notably the pensive "Words." Also, they cover the same psychic ground in their choice of song material, longtime country favorites like outlaws modern and ancient, and the timeless struggle of heart and mind. If Low's approach is less idiosyncratic than Van Zandt's, it is to his benefit. These songs go down with a slow, warm burn, like the finer brands of tequila. His palette of sound is broad and warm, incorporating horns and strings on some tracks, stripped to guitar and voice on others.


Genre: Country

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Portland singer/songwriter James Low spins stirring, often pensive country- and pop-inflected narratives that warrant comparison to immediate predecessors like Richard Buckner, while bearing the unmistakable influence of such vaunted troubadours as Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark. Low released his debut album, Mexiquita, in 2000. He was raised in the Eastern Oregon timber town of John Day. His grandfather and father were songwriters as well, having penned show tunes and folk songs, respectively. Low...
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  • £7.90
  • Genres: Country, Music
  • Released: 13 September 2000

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