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