Gardens are a reoccurring theme in James Justin Burke’s musical life. From his cozy cottage in Folly Beach, South Carolina, the songwriter tends to an ever-growing plot of heartfelt tunes, tilling their verses and melodies with positive energy.
With debut album Southern Son, So Far, Burke has solidified his name as an invigorating new face in Americana music.
“The songs grew, like a child. I’ve had all these tunes for about four years, since I’ve lived on Folly Beach, and I knew this collection would have a combining theme together that I’m very dear to,” Burke says. “It was loving at first, then they would piss me off, then they’d make me feel happier than I’ve ever felt. It was a really emotional experience. It’s turned out to be something bigger than I ever thought it would be.”
Burke’s ‘combining theme’ attests to his energetic, joyful approach to life. He tells his listeners, “if you feel free, be free,” a message and mood that he’s sure to set at every performance.
2010 has proved pivotal for the group, highlighted by performances at Virginia’s prestigious FloydFest, Camp Barefoot (WV), and a summer tour that reached Burlington, VT. They’re enjoying airplay on Americana stations nationwide, and have been featured in Relix and Blue Ridge Outdoors magazines.
“If I could be a rose/ in the garden, I would be burning red,” Burke sings on opening track, “In the Garden.” Like a flower opening to the morning sun, when James Justin & Co. take the stage, it’s a palpable celebration of life.
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