«Graydon James» - biografía, álbumes, canciones, videoclips

In April 2009 Graydon James had a band, but no album. By August, he had an album but no band. He also had a two-week east coast tour booked, culminating in a CD release show in his home base of Toronto. The fledgling singer-songwriter, who released an eight-song solo EP in 2007, had spent the past three months arranging and recording a harmony-driven, roots-based, hyphen-inducing double-album of 40 songs titled “goodnight, young novelist” that tackled heartache, small towns, Canadian fame, and dropkicks with equal aplomb. Now, looking down the double-barrel of a CD release tour, he needed a band to bring the recording to life.

Fortunately Graydon had deep roots in the music community, being a drummer for indie bands ranging from jazz to pop to roots rock to funk to mod beat and back again. Armed with a wish list of Toronto musicians, and with barely a month to rehearse, Graydon assembled the Company and took to the road, performing in clubs from Peterborough to Vermont to Montreal to Halifax, often playing up to three hours of original music plumbed from the newly minted double-disc. The band forged their sound between the hammer of creativity and the anvil of the stage, rehearsing in the van, motel room, or around the campfire, and returned to perform to a capacity crowd at Toronto’s venerable Cameron House.

Since then the band has secured a spot at the Winterfolk Festival, arranged online distribution of their double-album through CD Baby, and made plans to hit the road again. This time with a tight sound punctuated by four-voiced harmonies and salted with layers of bouncy piano, moody organ, romping bass, plucky banjo, heartfelt melodica, spry mandolin, and plaintive guitars, all centred by a deep-down roots-driving drum beat. They have been compared to The Traveling Wilburys for catchy roots hook, The Band for heartfelt harmonies, and Wilco for intricate arrangements, but Graydon James & Company have a sound all their own – and they thank you for listening.