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Local Music Review - Gabrial James

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Who: Gabrial James


What:  pre-release studio CD-R, "Around the Block," 12 tracks of West Michigan flavored, guitar-centric, acoustic tunes by well known Grand Rapids musician Gabrial James. Clean recordings of strongly written songs performed on acoustic guitar, mandolin, double bass, and even a little violin contribute to this solid album. This album is a good example of what music in West Michigan is all about.


When: recorded between September 2009 and July 2010


Where: Caledonia, MI


Best Track:  Track 4, "Little Things"


Tracks on the FCC Naughty List: Track 3, "Here’s The News "


Other points of interest: 


  • Grand Rapids singer Karisa Wilson contributes violin and backing vocals on this disc.
  • Track 4, "Little Things" uses a similar progression to Bob Marley’s “No Woman No Cry”
  • Gabrial James attended Saint Cecilia Music Society Chorale from 1985-1989. 
  • James hosted open mic night at Billy’s Lounge, 1437 Wealthy St. SE, in Eastown.


Who would like this disc: Local songwriters looking for a good example of how to write a solid song. Fans of that “open mic” or “coffee house” acoustic sound.


James will be appearing at the "Around the Block" CD Release Show Saturday August 28, 2010 at Billy's Lounge with special guests LVNMUZIQ and Ask Me When.

Disclosure: Scott Warren provides these reviews for use by WYCE 88.1FM. He is provided temporary use of a copy of the album to listen to for the purposes of the review

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