PRESENTED BY KATIE WARNER
BRUCE JAMES AND BELLA BLACK
With three sides to every story, the soulful singer-songwriter Bruce James simply tells it like it is. The 2009 release of Yours, Mine and the Truth (BMI), is most obviously rooted in traditional R&B and Soul music yet at the same time it conjures the grit of the Delta Blues and the wails of Psychedelic Rock. Recorded at the legendary Arlyn Studios in Austin, Texas, Yours, Mine and the Truth was captured live in just eight hours. The album was self-produced, engineered, and mixed by Bruce James and features his band the Soultet on all instrumentation.
Bruce James' musical history picks up early as a child growing up in Houston, Texas. Before finding his place on the keyboard, Bruce started out in the brass and percussion sections of his school and church bands as well as teaching himself guitar and bass. While attending Houston' High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Bruce formed his first band, a funk/jazz group that was known for packing Fitzgerald's nightclub. His next move was to the University of North Texas in Denton where he studied music. Admittedly though, here he found himself a better musician than a student, and subsequently left the university after two years for the school of hard knocks in Austin, Texas with his band Tunji. Soon, this group was playing their mix of punchy soul and improvised funk 250 nights a year at clubs and music festivals from Seattle to New Orleans. Tunji shared stages with the likes of Jimmy Smith, Burning Spear, Dr. John and Jurassic 5 to name a few. After five years together the band eventually split ways and Bruce decided to take off on his own forming the Soultet to which he is credited with an EP The Wayside Drive Sessions and two LP's, Junkyard Soul and now Yours, Mine and the Truth.
The honest and soulful music that this group creates speaks for itself and has always been at the center of things for the band. With the release of their new album, The Bruce James Soultet is focusing on expanding their well-found success in the Austin Music Scene beyond the city limits to other applicable markets in the US. Furthermore, they are looking across the water at Western Europe and Asia where they will count on the music to do the talking... as long as it speaks the truth.
Audio and video production by Capital Media Corp. Austin, TX
Producer - Joe Lynch. Sound Engineers - Nick Smith and Doug Dewey
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