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.
Following the release of 2016's debut LP, Theatres, Nicholas garnered critical acclaim throughout Kansas City, becoming a staple of its music community. Since 2015, he has performed at more than 400 events, but will be going quiet for the remainder of 2017 to refocus his efforts. No one has ever called his act or his music traditional, and Nicholas looks to continue to defy expectations with collaborations and a new record in 2018.
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), Nicholas is recognized as a national touring artists in his own right. His songs and electric live show have opened many doors for the musician, including invites to perform at intimate house concerts, and more public events, like SXSW, Middle of the Map, Boulevardia 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, and acted on screen when called to do so. Nicholas runs Yellow Ribbon Studio from his home, where he has recorded acclaimed, honest folk records for himself and other artists. In 2015, Nicholas was chosen as one of five songwriters to represent Kansas City for the global Acoustic Guitar Project. Most musicians write songs, but Nicholas St. James is a 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