James Maddock is one of rock’s best kept secrets. An englishman in New York: he moved to the East Cost a decade ago and he never went back. And his music sounds american, as well – pure, clear songwriting in the vein of Springsteen. He released a record in the early Nineties as Wood, then came back later as a solo artist, releasing a couple of albums (Sunrise on avenue C and Wake up and dream), as well as a couple of live recordings of gigs at NY’s Redwood Hall, where he was almost a resident artist.
He’s been touring both with his band and with David Immergluck – guitarist and mandolin player with Counting Crows (and in the past with Cracker, John Hiatt among the others). The duo renamed themselves Jimmy & Immy and have been touring together for a year, releasing also a live album.
Should they ever pass near your town, go see them. You could discover one of today’s best “classic” songwriters – with a soulful, graspy, Rod Stewart-like voice. Accompanied by a supreme musician: Immergluck spent half the evening on mandolin – showcasing he’s one of the few artists that gives this instruments a real sense in rock music – and half on acoustic guitar, colouring Maddocks songs.
Maddock, by the way, has a new, folky cd coming out in February.