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“THIS IS WHAT PASSION SOUNDS LIKE: Gritty, raw, real, unrehearsed and dirty…That’s how to best describe James Scott Bullard’s: “The Star-Crossed Sessions.” The 1st of two albums released on the same day this year. Even the country songs on here sound like they crawled out of the gutter…but it’s brilliant!… Then we have album # 2; “Sunsets & Cigarettes.” An album of all acoustic songs so well written that you find yourself hearing some new piece of genius every time listen to it.Lyrics so good that you find yourself waiting for a conversation to use them in, and a sound so lonesome on each track that you find yourself lost and never wanting to return… To say that Bullard has struck gold again with the double release of: ‘The Star-Crossed Sessions’ and ‘Sunsets & Cigarettes’ is just a gross understatement. In an era where rock, country and blues have fallen into the hands of talentless scum and big brother corporations, these two records make all those ge”
“I’ve become very disillusioned with music journalists who compare every new up and coming artist to an established artist; whether it’s living or dead, flattering or not, it’s still become a tired staple in reviews and critique’s. Case in point; 1.) He’s a great and prolific songwriter who has taken exactly the right parts from both rock (the sloppy complexity) and country (the simplistic poetry) to build a catalog of alt.country genius for which he has received awards, accolades and nods from some pretty heavy hitters in the business. 2.) He has a shaky past, that if read into, is almost unbelievable and makes Bullard seem unbreakable. 3.) If you’ve ever seen him live you probably get the following quote from one of my peers: “Bullard has a walk, a swagger that is not unlike a wolf circling its prey. He's hungry. When he is on the stage, he is a demon, and by the time the show ended I’m pretty sure every woman in the room would follow that walk anywhere.””
“I once read that; “Truly great songwriters are madmen who just chose to take a more creative route than serial killing.” And if you look at the track record of America’s most revered songwriters, you do see a pattern: Most of them are either addicts or reformed addicts. Most of them had, to say the least, strange childhoods. Most of them have a history of depression or some other psychological disorder. Most of them are loud, selfish, aggressive, brash people who crave attention, but pretend they don’t. This is probably (some of it definitely) all true about Bullard as well, but if you want to know what James Scott Bullard is without a comparison, here is my conclusion; He’s the bravado of rock and roll, he’s the pain of blues, he’s the beautiful heartache of country, and there’s nothing fake about it. He is quite simply the real deal. ”
“WILL THE REAL JAMES SCOTT BULLARD STAND UP: You don't see bad reviews on James Scott Bullard's body of work, and I must admit; he may be the most ambitious indie artist I’ve ever interviewed. Within a 40 minute phone conversation he told me about new albums, new side projects; including: bands, horror film scripts, concept albums, artwork, and even books that he’s working on as you’re reading this. But I get the feeling that Mr. Bullard is ambitious on a dangerous level, (and I don’t mean like postal dangerous) I mean like; don’t turn your back on him if you’re in the spot he wants. Or, to quote Bullard himself: “Never go down the stage stairs in front of someone who wants to be the headliner.””
“James Scott Bullard is the kind of singer/songwriter that other singer/songwriters long to be. With songs drenched in pills, whiskey, and beautiful she-devils sent from hell to shepard some poor jaded sap into the depths of heartbreak, Bullard is nothing short of a poet.”
“In my opinion, fame is only around the corner for James Scott Bullard. His name comes up as often as Ryan Adams these days when Gram Parsons is mentioned. ”