Blues artist to perform Saturday in Poway
By Emily Sorensen
Blues musician and one-man band Nathan James will be bringing his unique style of blues to Poway as part of the San Diego County Library’s free, ongoing Acoustic Showcase Concert Series, 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Poway Library, 13137 Poway Road.
A professional musician since 1996, James is more than just your average blues guitarist. Not only did he begin his professional career at 18, but he has in the past made his own instruments, including a washboard guitar and a drum made out of a suitcase.
Growing up in Fallbrook, James didn’t start out interested in blues and American roots music. “I just got into it as I was learning guitar, and discovered different types of music,” said James. “I went from classic rock to blues.”
At 19, after playing locally with local San Diego blues bands the Blues Pharaohs, Billy Watson, Jamie Wood and Johnny Dyer, James was invited to join the band of internationally known blues veteran James Harman. James toured the country with Harman nonstop for 3 1/2 years, before leaving to pursue a solo career.
Though he now often plays with a three-piece band, consisting of himself, Marty Dodson on drums and vocals and Troy Sandow on upright bass, harmonica and vocals, James’ concert at the Poway Library will be solo. “I’ll be doing a one-man band type of show,” said James, who added that the style of music at his concert will be finger-picked guitar playing, Delta blues, and gospel, among other blues styles. “I do country blues,” said James. “Not like country music, but blues from the rural country.”
Far from James’s first show in Poway (he previously played numerous shows at Patrick’s and Hennessey’s in Poway), he said this was his first time performing in Poway in a while, and was excited to perform at the library. “Library shows are usually great,” said James.
Following his Poway show, James can be found performing all around Southern California, as well as on the “South Eastern Caribbean Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise,” on Saturday, Oct. 27.
The library is hoping to hold the concert outside in the library’s courtyard, so attendees are encouraged to bring chairs, and don’t forget your sunscreen.
For more information on Nathan James, visit nathandjames.com.
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