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Steve James and Friends featuring Elijah Wald Live Stream
- Sunday, April 25, 2021
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- Live Streaming event - Donations requested for the artist. This event will be streamed live on Zoom.
Mountain Spirit Acoustic Series – Live Streaming event – Donations requested for the artist. This event will be streamed live on Zoom. Registration link
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Steve James is an original roots music adept whose guitar, mandolin, singing and writing have made him familiar around the world to those whose inner soundtrack resonates to real folk and blues. Steve’s musical journey of over half a century started in New York where childhood playthings included Leadbelly 78s and his Dad’s dusty guitar. That trip led from the lofts of the Lower East Side to the hills of Tennessee, Memphis and the deeper South where the young autodidact got pointed in the right direction by elder wizards like Sam McGee and Furry Lewis who told him: “Get your own song!” Settling in Texas, Steve employed what he’d learned during his journeywork on stage and in the studio to become known as “an underground legend” at home and to embark on world travels that continue to the present. Taking the “pass it on” covenant that comes with learning real roots music seriously, he has participated in literally hundreds of music workshops and camps and created numerous books and video lessons for guitar and mandolin. Also experienced as a luthier, Steve, who now calls Seattle home, devotes his down time to the repair and restoration of vintage instruments and has acted as a product rep and design consultant for Collings and National, the makers of his signature model guitar.
Elijah Wald has been singing and playing professionally since the late 1970s. His first hero was Woody Guthrie, shortly followed by Josh White and Mississippi John Hurt. He was a close friend and sometime playing partner to Dave Van Ronk and Eric Von Schmidt, toured for five years with the African American string band legend Howard Armstrong, studied guitar in the Congo with Jean-Bosco Mwenda, and has recorded an instructional DVD on the Bahamian guitar style of Joseph Spence. He has written a dozen books about various styles of music, from Mexican corridos to Delta blues, as well as Van Ronk’s memoir (which inspired the Coen Brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis”), one on Bob Dylan at Newport, and a history of pop music ranging from ragtime to funk and titled, “How the Beatles Destroyed Rock ‘n’ Roll.”