Sounds Like: John Prine, Jackson Browne, Richard Thompson - RT, Bruce Cockburn, Steve Earle
Label: Sidewalking Crab Records
"The Best Damn Writer/Songsinger You Never Heard."
James Curley began writing songs in the mid 1970s in his native Philadelphia, influenced mainly by trips to the Philadelphia Folk Festival and to local clubs like The Main Point, Grendel's Lair and others. He appeared as a solo songwriter back th...See Full Bio
"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)