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Leif James / Press

“ “Leif James has the kind of voice that drives an audience to chain-smoke and binge on coffee. It is smoky, deep, raspy, and soulful, and has that roughness that brings to mind the most compelling blues legends. “”

Matt Wice - Muse Magazine

“Go To The Link!!!!!”

“James’ need for creative expression has led him on a path through the musical world on which he has become an extraordinarily original songwriter, and he has developed a truly unique voice, the combination of which is enough to make the listener's skin tingle. And his melange of bluegrass, funk, rock, and jazz roots combine to make even the most passive audience want to get up and dance. ”

Leah Millett - Night Eagle Cafe

“I tried to count which was more numerous in Parrilla: instrument strings or cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer. It made my head hurt, so I took off across the street, where Bend-based troubadour Leif James and his band The Struggle were getting started. In front of the biggest crowd of the night, James did what he does best: deliver rootsy, bluesy Americana music imbued with the passion of a man who went through some stuff before he settled in Central Oregon. James’ finest assets have always been (1) his songwriting skills, and (2) his voice, a raspy, old-soul thing that naturally elevates any tune it sings. You can add keyboardist Georges Bouhey to that list. I thought his artful playing brought a lot to the songs. James played some of his own stuff, but it was a cover of Steve Earle’s “The Devil’s Right Hand” and the traditional “Goin’ Down The Road Feeling Bad” that really got the crowd moving.”