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Gabrial James / Press

“Acoustic singer/songwriter Gabrial James, along with his army of Martin and Gibson guitars, has put together 12 of his best songs, lovingly recorded in Caledonia by Greg Vulcan, who also appears playing mandolin and double bass on the album. The songs are varied and easy to listen to, played with sensitivity to dynamics and rhythmic variation, unlike a lot of ham-fisted acoustic singer/songwriters who lack dexterity on their instruments. The arrangements are delicately layered and never gratuitous. As an extra bonus, Karisa Wilson joins in on backup vocals and some sweetly played violin. Go to reverbnation.com/gabrialjames for a listen.”

Ryan Cunningham - Recoil Magazine

“Gabrial James, another Grand Rapids singer-songwriter who's championed the local music scene, releases his "Around the Block" CD in a show at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Billy's Lounge, 1437 Wealthy St. SE, where James has long hosted open-mic nights. The album represents an impressive collection of insightful, well-performed, well-sung tunes, with Karisa Wilson on violin and backing vocals and Greg Vulcan on mandolin and double bass. ”

"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. Recorded between September 2009 and July 2010 in 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. Who would like this disc: Local songwriters looking for a good example of how to write a solid song. Fans of the "open mic" & "coffee house" acoustic sounds.