Dec 23 2008
James Southwell – Guitarist/Singer/Songwriter
Yass Valley born & bred, James Southwell has been playing guitar and singing since he was only 7 years old. He has played on stage with some of the legends of Australia’s rock music including ‘Chain’, The Kevin Borich Express, Phil Manning, Stevie Wright, Angry Anderson and a host of other well known Australian artists. He also guests as Angry Anderson’s lead guitarist at festivals and special shows. James is heavily influenced by these players as well as others such as Geoff Achison, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmy Hendrix & Joe Walsh.
He currently has two projects – a Solo Acoustic Show and a high energy electric trio the “James Southwell Band”. James is committed to his chosen career and he is now a full time professional touring guitarist / singer / songwriter.
Besides writing his own material, he loves to perform rock & blues classics.
He released his first solo album in 2006 “Dark Angel’ which features some of Australia’s finest and well known musicians, including Kevin Borich, Phil Emmanuel, Mal Eastick, Harry Brus, Mark Kennedy & more. “Dark Angel” was produced by Kevin Borich and recorded at Borich’s studio ‘The Vibrating House” on the Sunshine Coast.
James loves returning to his hometown and performing in the local region when he can. He is currently putting the finishing touches to his second studio album (2014).