He is living in Nashville but he's from everywhere, he doesn't simply sing, he tells us stories with a guitar, he doesn't have a voice but cigarettes and gravel in his throat, his name is James Weston and his new album is coming.
Twenty two years on the road and on the stage have filled the man with memories that sometimes need to be shared. The "swansong troubadour" as he calls himself, has traveled the whole country and the world to give us the best we can hear.
"My main focus is just to get an emotion thing across"
James' voice is unique, as is his music. He says he'd like to sound like a singer but there's nothing we could wish any less. His music isn't blues, it's not jazz, it's not rock, it's James Weston and feelings shouted by percussions and strings-including vocal ones. It's not that easy to tell a story, some of you will think about Tom Waits, about Cigarettes after Sex or Godspeed You but they'll be far from what James Weston is doing.
He's not just telling a story, he sings like he's preaching and as a good preacher, he allows himself to be human and will also allow you to make your own mind, or as he says, "It's all about feelings. If I've got four flat tires on the way, I'll be angry" and that's how he'll sound, that how the musicians will play because "all musicians are free" to bring their own touch.
"I used to play with that guy, he would replan everything" he tells us, and we understand, as he explains, that a song, or a story, doesn't have to be fixed, doesn't have to be frozen.
Every audience gets, in a way, a new story, something new to interpret and that is certainly not random.
Listen to his stories and you might find a spiritual dimension, but although James believes in God, he doesn't belong to any
"Do I believe in god? Yes. But the god I choose to acknowledge exists in every religion. Religion is a club I choose to not belong to. Schools in the United States no longer teach music to the children, and it reflects in society. To me, that is historically the beginning of the end for any culture."
So to cut a long story short, that's what James does. Culture. He sings for an entire life of travels, of friendships and adventures, including that one with the tequila and the plane he will tell you if you're lucky. The most enjoyable part ?
He won't stop. The man-or should we say our favourite bard-dedicates his soul to music, according to him :
" The worst would have to be playing as a session guitarist for an actor/musician who wrote songs without feelings." [He did once] "The tours were great, but stepping on stage and killing my soul every night taught me so much..."
He won't talk about feelings. He will feel and so will you, be it live or on CD because when he's not on the stage, he sometimes enjoys "The process of locking himself away and forgetting the outside world to paint sound."
Cheers, sir Weston