Joe Satriani Invites Alt Bluesman Markus James on Fall European Tour

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“This is about as raw as blues gets. James’ dirt-road vocals, Blind Willie Johnson-like bottleneck, and the mantra-like drumming are presented in all their lo-fi glory – recorded on porches and in carports.  In fact, a state-of-the-art studio would only mess up a good thing.”   VINTAGE GUITAR MAGAZINE, MAY 2015

Guitar Legend Joe Satriani Invites Alt Blues Slide Guitarist Markus James
to Join Fall European Tour
(San Francisco) Guitar legend Joe Satriani has invited alt blues slide guitarist and singer Markus James to open sixteen dates on his September-October European tour. James plays 1-string diddley bow, cigar box guitar, slide dulcimer, gourd banjo, as well as electric slide.
 
James, whose critically-acclaimed Mali, West Africa-based albums and award-winning documentary film have been lauded by NPR
and world press, has released a new album, recorded on porches and in barns and carports in North Mississippi’s hill country.

The album, Head For The Hills, is receiving rave reviews around the US and in Europe:

“Head For The Hills is undoubtedly one of the finest releases of recent years, both within the genre and beyond…” –BLUES MATTERS (UK)

“Geniale e imperdibile.” –IL BLUES (Italy)

“…an immediately engaging disc that will continue to fascinate and resonate with repeated listens.” –LIVING BLUES

“…superb” –BLUES IN BRITAIN

“…primitive, raw, powerful and as real as it gets.” –REFLECTIONS IN BLUE

“This record, which is mighty, mighty fine, would make a perfect score for an apocalyptic noir-western-thriller.” –NO DEPRESSION

The European Tour dates are:

Sep 17, 2015  Zénith Nantes Métropole  Nantes, FR
Sep 18, 2015  Espace du Crouzy  Boisseuil, FR
Sep 19, 2015  Théâtre Fémina  Bordeaux, FR
Sep 20, 2015  Casino Barriere  Toulouse, FR
Sep 21, 2015  Silo – Marseille  Marseille, FR
Sep 22, 2015  Amphithéâtre de la Cité Internationale  Lyon, FR
Sep 24, 2015  Grand Rex  Paris, FR
Sep 25, 2015  Théâtre Sébastopol  Lille, FR
Sep 26, 2015  Limburg Hall  Heerlen, NL
Sep 27, 2015  De Roma  Antwerp, BE
Sep 28, 2015  De Oosterpoort  Groningen, NL
Oct 03, 2015   Salle Garnier  Monte-Carlo, MC
Oct 05, 2015  Teatro della Luna  Milan, IT
Oct 06, 2015  Teatro Obihall  Florence, IT
Oct 07, 2015  Auditorium Parco della Musica  Rome, IT

Oct 08, 2015  Palariviera  San Benedetto del Tronto, IT

Two brand new Markus James videos here:

About Markus James:

Roots-Blues songwriter and Blues traveler Markus James first made his way to the village of
Niafunke  in Northern Mali, West Africa, home of the legendary West African guitarist and
bluesman Ali Farka Toure,  in 1993.  Ali Farka Toure became Markus’ friend and inspiration and
his collaborations with traditional musicians in Timbuktu, including Hamma Sankare who had
performed with Toure for 30 years, resulted in 5 critically-acclaimed albums of original, Blues-
based music, and the award-winning documentary film “Timbuktoubab” which was seen around
the US on many PBS and satellite TV stations.  Two of Markus’ Mali-based tracks have been
included on compilations of desert blues, alongside Ali Farka Toure, Tinariwen and Robert Plant,
among others.
 
New Release is “Head For The Hills”
While traveling and performing  in Mississippi, Markus met several old-school drummers in the
North Mississippi Hill Country, and returned often to record there. Markus’  latest album,
Head For The Hills” was recorded  in North Mississippi in a barn, on a
porch,  and in an open-air carport, and features the drumming of Calvin Jackson (RL Burnside, Jr Kimbrough, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Fred McDowell), and Kinny Kimbrough (RL Burnside, Jr Kimbrough).   Markus plays acoustic and electric slide guitar, gourd banjo, 3-string cigarbox guitar, 1-string diddley bow, slide dulcimer, and harp. Head For The Hills has received widespread critical acclaim in the US and Europe. Touring behind the album, Markus performs as a duo with Gospel drumming great Marlon Green, who was the last drummer to tour and
record with the legendary John Lee Hooker.  They have appeared at the Montreal International Jazz Festival,  and Telluride Blues Festival, among other venues, and have been invited to open 16 shows in Europe in Fall 2015 for international rock guitar hero Joe Satriani.

label contact:
info@firenzerecords.com

US press contact:
Mindy Giles: mingiles@gmail.com

European Press Contact:
Peter Holmstedt: peter.holmstedt@telia.com

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Markus James

HEAD FOR THE HILLS

“Head For The Hills is undoubtedly one of the finest releases of recent years, both within the genre and beyond…” –BLUES MATTERS (UK)
full review

“Geniale e imperdibile.” –IL BLUES (Italy)
full review

“…an immediately engaging disc that will continue to fascinate and resonate with repeated listens.” —LIVING BLUES
full review

“…superb” –BLUES IN BRITAIN
full review

“…primitive, raw, powerful and as real as it gets.” –REFLECTIONS IN BLUE
full review

“…destined to be judged one of the top blues releases come year’s end.” –BLURT MAGAZINE
full review

“This record, which is mighty, mighty fine, would make a perfect score for an apocalyptic noir-western-thriller.” –NO DEPRESSION
full review

“…exciting and thought provoking.” –ELMORE MAGAZINE
full review

“…every track on the album is solid.” –TWANGVILLE
full review

“Every self respecting blues aficionado should consider the primal majesty of this album.” –THE ROCKTOLOGIST
full review

“…will definitely lift your spirits and cleanse your soul!” –NASHVILLE BLUES SOCIETY
full review

“…an unusually cool blues release.” –B-MAN’S BLUES REPORT
full review

Head For The Hills available on iTunes

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MP3s of Head For The Hills:

1. Just Say Yes

2. Goin Down South (R.L. Burnside – traditional)

3. Head For The Hills (acoustic)

4. Shake

5. Suit of Golden Clothes

6. For Blind Willie

7. Gone Like Tomorrow

8. Fallin From The Sky

9. NoMo

10. Head For The Hills

11. On A Mississippi Porch

12. Sleepyhead

13. Candyland Refugee

14. Diddley Bow And Buckets

15. Woke Me

16. Green

All songs except #2 (c) 2014 Markus James (Livnat/Ascap)

(p) 2014 Firenze Records – all rights reserved

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