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James Curley / Press

"James Curley's new release, "There Used To Be A Train," is right on track, with nine well-crafted originals and a mesmerizing cover of Warren Zevon's "Mutineer." Song after song delivers interesting lyrics, instrumentation, and arrangements, in a superb production by John Abbey of Kingsize Recording. Curley tackles topics ranging from the decline of society in general, to laser-sharp character sketches of lonely workers and a single mom raising four kids, as well as paying homage to late greats, Townes Van Zandt and Steve Goodman. "There Used To Be A Train" is sweetened with voices and instruments by many fine artists, including Don Stiernberg, Steve Dawson, Jenny Bienemann, Gerald Dowd, Dan Navarro, and members of Sons of the Never Wrong and 2-Bit Palomino." - Lilli Kuzma, host of "Folk Festival" on WDCB Public Radio (Glen Ellyn/Chicago)

“James Curley, now of Rogers Park, is a native of Philadelphia, and has been immersed in folk, folk-rock, and Americana music since his teens, when he was inspired by the music at the Philadelphia Folk Festival. He began writing songs in the 70s, a decade that saw his involvement in the music scenes of Colorado, Oregon, and Texas. Curley's Facebook bio states: "Channeled Ralph McTell and David Bromberg by way of Townes Van Zandt and Shake Russell" He came to Chicago with his wife (an Addison native) in 1981 and runs a natural food business, James Curley Market Management. He has recorded two well-received albums, "Tom's Cafe" (2002) and "Manufactured Meaning" (2007), with a new one in the works set for a May release. "I'm working with John Abbey to craft a really acoustic record," said Curley. "Different tones and textures. Hand percussion." Curley has performed widely, as both a solo act and with a full rock ensemble.”

"...some of the best literate and articulate lyrics that have crossed our desk in some time.....highly recommended"

Poetman Records - Acoustic Rainbow Radio Sampler

"James's writing truly upholds everything good, right and true about American Roots music. Like Kristofferson, Prine, Goodman and Zevon, James Curley is a visionary way ahead of today's mainstream songwriters."

“This is some of the best music I've ever heard!!! and I love the title of the album "Manufactured Meaning"! James' songs are very creative and meaningful!”

Patty Ann Smith, Songwriter - Commentary

“The new album by Chicago-based Singer Songwriter James Curley is in a word...simply...outstanding.”