James Bennett is a solo roots/ folk artist from Newcastle NSW. He incorporates many different elements into his performances including Weissenborn Lap Steel, 11 & 6 string guitars, stomp box, tambourine, harmonica & a very unique vocal style. Inspired by 'John Butler's' guitar playing & 'Bob Dylan's' songwriting James's music is a fine blend between the two!
The last few years James has warmed up the stage for many different Aussie artists such as The John Butler Trio, Diesel, Jeff lang, The Whitlams, Wendy Matthews, Ian Moss, The Black Sorrows, Vika & Linda Bull, Rick Price & Dan Sultan. This list also extends to some well know international artists like Newton Faulkner (UK) & Canned Heat (USA).
James Bennett’s long awaited third album titled ‘This Time Tomorrow’ is finally here. It’s been two years since James released his second album but with a tour schedule as hectic as his, it’s hard to believe he found time to record a new album at all! ‘This Time Tomorrow’ came about by chance. A mutual friend with John Butler’s ex drummer/ percussionist Michael Barker!
“He popped up on my facebook page as a suggested friend, i’d been thinking about who to contact to play drums/ percussion so I reached out to him in a message to see if he’d be keen to come to Aus to record. To my total disbelief he was not only keen to play on the songs but invited me to record with him at his home studio in Rotorua / NZ”
December 2018 James headed across the dutch (I mean ditch) to New Zealand to spend four days in the studio with Michael Barker sorting out & recording the songs for this new album which included the two singles ‘Weird World’ (released in April 2019) & ‘Gypsy Love’ (released in June 2019)
A total of nine tracks are set to be on this album with everything from sweet Weissenborn lap steel songs featuring harmonies by the one & only ‘Wendy Matthews’ to quirky upbeat tunes like the first single ‘Weird World’
James has put together an album release tour to bring the new album into the world in the most intimate & engaging way possible. Five solo performances in Sydney, Newcastle, Port Macquarie, Canberra & Gosford. These shows will featuring the new album live & solo in its entirety plus all of James’s most popular songs from previous albums.