James & Black create a hybrid of US Southern Soul and classic hip-hop merging flavors of New Orleans and Texas with a heavy dose of Jay Dee/RZA/Tribe Called Quest tinged hip-hop. The result has been dubbed Guerrilla Soul referring to the “anyplace/anytime” attitude they have towards music. James & Black is on a mission, plain and simple, and they are coming soon to a town near you.
Austin, Texas' James & Black have been on a whirlwind European tour. Following their success on their first European tour in January and February 2012, behind their debut collaboration “Dirt for the Flowers”, James & Black have picked up where they left off with a vengeance adding to their fanbase and expanded their markets across Europe. Most recently they returned to the Leidse Jazz week in Leiden NL for a week of packed shows playing with Sven Hammond Soul and Chazzy Green.
In addition to live performances, James & Black have also been doing educational workshops focusing on the history of American Soul and Blues with an emphasis on its New Orleans roots.
They have toured extensively in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany as well as playing a residency in Porretta Terme, Italy and The Musica Popular de Barcelona festival in August and November respectively.
James & Black are ready to hit the road again behind the release of their new studio album and live album recorded at the famous N9 in Eecklo, Belgium. Both albums are due to be released in March 2013.
James & Black have already been confirmed for the Eurosonic festival in Gronigen NL next January and the prestigeous Porretta Soul festival in July, where Bruce James performed in 2010 with Clay Hammond, Lavelle White, and Fred Wesley.