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Chris James & The Showdowns
September 13 @ 8:30 pm - 12:00 am
Chris James and the Showdowns pour grit, emotion and autobiographical experience into their music that is reminiscent of 70’s folk rock and Americana singer-songwriters. Influenced by rural roots, song-slinger Chris James takes an honest, no frills approach to the craft, and digs in to tug at the heart strings with lush chord changes and lyrical intensity. His new acoustic EP ‘Heartburn’ was released in 2017 with songs that reverberate James’ emotional and rootsy style. It is the most recent work from the prolific songwriter who has put forth 8 full length records over his career.
Songs from his records have been used in TV commercial promos and are still played in rotation on SIRIUS XM Radio and various stations throughout California. James has performed hundreds of live shows in the past few years on both coasts of the US as a solo artist, with The Showdowns. and also with rock band Small Change Romeos. In his early days, Chris James was a budding songwriter writing and performing acoustic songs at campfire outings, parties, and coffee houses in and around the Portland Maine area. Gaining confidence as a performer, he realized that he would have to look to larger cities to become more widely recognized and ventured to San Francisco with not much more than a guitar in tow. Shortly after arriving and weathering the culture shock he formed the rock band Small Change Romeos. After just a few years, the band had built a fairly large Bay Area following and were known for their diverse sound and eclectic but heartfelt songwriting, often ranging from alt rock to heavy country to reggae and blues. They have a new record releasing this year as well.