Got It Goin' On
Guitarist, singer and songwriter James Armstrong has a bright future in blues
music. His song Pennies and Picks from his third Hightone Records
release, Got It Goin' On, garnered a 2001 WC Handy nomination for
Song of the Year. James Armstrong himself was nominated for
Contemporary Male Blues Guitarist of the Year. It's easy to see why ...
James Armstrong tours extensively and his shows are considered one of the best
on the circuit. The son of a blues-singing mother and jazz guitar-playing
father, James Armstrong got the music bug at an early age. James Armstrong
formed his first band in the seventh grade, and progressed rapidly ever since.
James Armstrong singles out Jimi Hendrix and
as singing influences, and
Albert King and
as guitarists whose work have inspired him. Based at the time in
the Los Angeles area, James Armstrong learned by playing - a lot of it - in
the club scene of Southern California in the early 1980s. He recalls backing
"Big" Joe Turner
during that time at Santa Monica's Music Machine, and a similar gig with
later on as part of a band that included guitarist
Then there was that wild gig with
in East L.A. that reinforced the image of the blues as a tough business on a
young James Armstrong. His first HighTone release, 1995's Sleeping With a
Stranger, drew widespread critical acclaim, as well as tremendous
popularity on the European circuit. The great momentum he had going into early
1997 ended with the stabbing attack in April of that year. During his slow
recuperation, James Armstrong recorded Dark Night in late 1998, an
album that reflected the turmoil and introspection of the time, as well as
his debut as slide guitarist. Since its release, James Armstrong has come on
strong. James Armstrong is back playing lead guitar now, and has added his
searing slide work to his repertoire as well. Whichever way he approaches
things, James Armstrong attacks songs with his voice and guitar like few
artists in blues. Now back and better than ever, James Armstrong has Got It
Visit James Armstrong's official website.
Visit also these related Sites:
Biographical Information on James Armstrong
James Armstrong biography at hightone.com.
Various Articles on James Armstrong
Article by Daniel Hindin.
Reviews and Critiques of James Armstrong Live Performances and Recordings
CD review by Dave "Doc" Piltz.
James Armstrong Photos
James Armstrong at the Pocono Blues Festival 1999
James Armstrong Videos
Eric Steckel - James Armstrong. Runtime 06:27.
Eric Steckel & James Armstrong. Runtime 07:28.
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