James’ songwriting has often been cited for its keen sense of history. On SECOND-HAND he also takes on a number of topical issues of concern to us all. This, coupled with a command of the language and delivered with an unmistakably rich baritone, and it’s not surprising that James has come to be considered one of Canada’s all-time great singer songwriters.
SECOND-HAND finds James at the top of his game with ten new songs including co-writes with Catherine MacLellan, Lynn Miles, J.D. Edwards, Cara Luft and Dave Gunning. Joining James in studio was long time musical pal David Woodhead-Bass, Bob Stagg-Keyboards, and guitarists Bob Cohen, Dave Clarke and Joe Grass. Harmony vocals were provided by Pharis & Jason Romero and Kelly Prescott. The album was produced in Montréal by Bill Garrett
“He displays a genius for finding his way deep inside big stories, building them outward from palpably intimate moments.” – The Boston Globe