James’ 6th solo release was recorded in one day (20/10/2010) in the Plymouth Church of Jazz & Justice, a Gospel church in Oakland, California.
After having spent two years writing and producing for various projects (film soundtracks, a solo record that was shelved by the record company, and working with other artists) Growing Pains is a deliberate attempt to go back to basics and to capture the songs as they were conceived, played live.
16 songs were recorded that day, mostly as a trio:
vocals, acoustic and electric guitars- James Harries
Bass - Jon Evans bassist with Tori Amos, who has worked with the likes of Tom Waits, Nels Cline, Boz Scaggs & Linda Perry to name but a few.
Drums - Joe Bagale – a key member of the West Coast Jazz Mafia
With special guests dropping in to play guitars, brass and sing on some tracks.
Ben Yonas produced and engineered and also played Harmonium and Wurlizter.
Recorded live in front of an audience (friends dropped by to listen and have a drink, play then left to be replaced by others) this album is the sound of a group of friends having fun making music.
Growing Pains is to be released in March 2011 but will be available in the Czech Republic exclusively through Indies Records ahead of James’ February tour of the country.
Growing Pains - Track list (plus ISRC codes):
1. The Scene USY041101001
2. Let’s Hope USY041101002
3. Sticks and Stones USY041101003
4. Ignorance is bliss USY041101004
5. I will comfort you USY041101005
6. Damned if I do USY041101006
7. Caught in the middle USY041101007
8. Growing pains USY041101008
9. Neighbourhood USY041101009
10. If only USY041101010
11. Please forgive me USY041101011
12. Lost USY041101012
Recorded 20/10/2010 at The Plymouth Church of Jazz and Justice, Oakland, California
James Harries – vocal, acoustic & electric guitars
Jon Evans – Bass
Joe Bagale – Drums
Gawain Mathews – mandola, guitars
Ben Yonas – Harmonium, Wurlizter, Juno
Crystal Monee Hall - Choir
Adam Theis – Trombone
Yair Evnine – cello
Ilana - flute
All songs written by James Harries
Produced, engineered and mixed by Ben Yonas
Assistant engineer Chris Fletcher
Mastered by Dave Greenberg (Sonopod)
1.2. Galerka 12, Zlin
2.2 Mklub, Valmez
3.2 KD Kromeriz
7.2. Olomouc, TBA
8.2. Stara Pekarna, Brno
9.2. Dum Kultury, Uherske Brod
10.2. Radio Ostrava Live (Studio 1 Cesky Rozhlas)
11.2. Galerka, Novy Jicin
24.2 Zach’s Pub, Plzen
26.2. Progres, Ceska Lipa
7.3. Mestke Divadlo, Prachatice*
9.3. Palac Akropolis, Praha*
(* = with band, all other dates in the Czech Republic are solo)