Vaudeville Folk Troubadour
Nicholas St. James is a folk troubadour; an Americana throwback to Vaudeville, rather than the Dust Bowl. Blogger Brian Clifton writes, "Nicholas St. James blends together old and new to create a sound as distinct as his stage show. St. James mixes folk, blues, vaudevillian drama, and country together." Based in Lawrence, Kansas, by way of St. Louis, Missouri, Nicholas is an authentic Midwestern folk musician, mixing Bob Dylan's storytelling with Tom Waits' theatrical delivery.
2017 will include the follow-up to 2016's debut LP, Theatres, in addition to a number of other releases planned for the year. The consummate performer, 2017 also looks to be Nicholas' busiest year on the stage with an expected 200+ live dates. No one has ever called his act or his music "traditional," and Nicholas looks to continue to defy expectations with collaborations and projects as the year progresses.
In addition to performing alongside a number of larger, national-touring acts (Madison Ward and the Mama Bear, The Americans, Split Lip Rayfield, Old Man Markley and so on...), Nicholas is recognized as a national touring artists in his own right. His songs and electric live show have opened many doors for the full-time musician, including invites to perform at intimate house concerts, all the way up-to more public events, like SXSW and Folk Alliance International; however, it's not always Nicholas' own music that brings positive attention his way. In a display of true versatility, Nicholas has also written and arranged music for theatrical productions, acted on screen when called to do so, and runs a private recording studio, Yellow Ribbon Studio, from his home, where he continues to record acclaimed, honest folk records for himself and other artists. Nicholas was chosen as one of five songwriters for the 2015 Kansas City Acoustic Guitar Project, again recognizing his skill as a true-born songwriter.
"If Bob Dylan and Tom Waits were the same person, they'd write songs like Nicholas St. James. This guy can work a room as one man and a guitar better than many full bands. If you're a fan of performance, soul and genuine subject content, you'll love his set. You probably won't be dancing as much as you'll be captivated."
-Ed Danger, American Roots Magazine