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MARKUS JAMES "Just Say Yes" video premiere on Elmore magazine featuring Markus James: vocal, cigarbox guitar; Kinney Kimbrough: drums.


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"…primitive, raw, powerful and as real as it gets."
-Reflections in Blue
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"…destined to be judged one of the top blues releases of 2014 come year’s end."
-Blurt Magazine
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"This record, which is mighty, mighty fine, would make a perfect score for an apocalyptic noir-western-thriller."
-The Flame Still Burns
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"…exciting and thought provoking."
-Elmore Magazine
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"…every track on the album is solid."
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"Every self respecting blues aficionado should consider the primal majesty of this album."
-The Rocktologist
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"…will definitely lift your spirits and cleanse your soul!"
-Nashville Blues Society
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"…an unusually cool blues release."
-B-man's Blues Report
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Head For The Hills available on iTunes


Markus James’ West African happiness surplus

San Francisco Bay Guardian
In an age of endless crossover between most conceivable forms of music, it's but small surprise that a Caucasian man from Virginia is making blues with West African witch doctors. What rarely gets discussed in these cross-ocean collaborations is the social aspect of the fusion. What did the artists eat for lunch the day they recorded that track? In what language was the “and-a-one” that started off the first take? (more…)


"’Timbuktoubab’ is that rare film in which a Westerner ventures into another culture and actually illuminates it… Beautifully filmed, richly narrated, and genuinely moving"
—Banning Eyre, Afropop Worldwide, author of “In
Griot Time”

Few cross-cultural musical collaborations have been as pleasing and fruitful as Markus James’s Timbuktoubab project…. their music is a language whose grammar has been developing for centuries along the sandy banks of the Niger River and in the delta of the Mississippi River.
—Marco Werman,
PRI/BBC’s The World

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CINE Golden Eagle Award

"Excellent…4 stars"
—Global Rhythm Magazine