Listen again to the great Ralph McLean chatting to Hub founder Rob Ellen on BBC Radio Ulster about his quest to encourage concerts in peoples own homes, when the Medicine Show toured Ireland this year with Chuck Hawthorne and Libby Koch (featuring interview and session with them too) 35 minutes into the show.(click picture)
I will be coming to the UK in November - the 10th - 29th. If anyone is interested in hosting a concert with me, please let me know. You can read more about my work as a singer-songwriter at www.jamestalley.com. Although I have recored fourteen albums of music over the years and have been to Europe many times, I have never been to the UK, so my wife and I are really looking forward to it. You cn find out more about my work at www.jamestalley.com, or simply Google James Talley. I look forward to hearing from you.
Thank you, and best regards,
Here is a little more about me:
James Talley - Artist Biography by Richard Skelly* – All Music.com
Although he's not exactly a household name among casual folk and blues fans, Nashville-based guitarist, singer and songwriter James Talley is a towering talent among those in the know in these worlds of music. Through the years, Talley's songs have been recorded by the likes of Alan Jackson, Johnny Cash, Gene Clark, Johnny Paycheck, and even Moby.
Talley was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but his family moved to Richland, Washington when he was young. There, his father worked in construction and as a chemical operator at Hanford, the infamous plutonium reactor. Realizing the hazards his father's employment presented, the family packed up and left for Albuquerque, New Mexico. After years of poor health, no doubt acquired from the years at the plutonium factory, his father passed away. Talley later wrote a song about it, “Richland, Washington”.
He graduated from the University of New Mexico with a degree in fine arts, and was encouraged by Pete Seeger, on a trip to New Mexico in 1967 to write songs that drew from the rich southwest culture in which he was raised. These early songs were released later as an album, The Road to Torreon, released in 1992 on the German Bear Family Records label. Talley moved from New Mexico to Nashville in 1968 in hopes of securing a publishing deal or to record his songs himself. However, Nashville wasn't ready for this singer who played a refreshingly weird amalgamation of blues and country music.
The late John Hammond, Sr. at Columbia Records in New York championed Talley's talents as a songwriter and singer in the early 1970's. Hammond had also assisted in the careers of Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen and Aretha Franklin, among many others. Due to his country sound, Hammond was unable to get him signed at Columbia Records in New York, and referred Talley to his friend Jerry Wexler, then at Atlantic Records. Wexler and others at Atlantic were involved in starting that label's new country division in Nashville. Along with Doug Sahm and Willie Nelson, Wexler signed Talley to Atlantic Records in 1972. Atlantic’s venture at the time didn’t work and they closed the Nashville office. Talley secured a deal with Capitol Records, where he released four albums in the mid-1970's: Got No Bread, No Milk, No Money, But We Sure Got a Lot of Love (1975); Tryin' Like The Devil (1976); Blackjack Choir (1977) and Ain't It Somethin’ (1977). In the 1970's, Talley performed at the White House for President Jimmy Carter and at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. On "Blackjack Choir," Talley is joined by the blues master B.B. King, which marked the first-time King had ever recorded in Nashville.
At the height of his career, he left Capitol Records because of bad business advice and got off the road. For many years, he earned his living selling commercial real estate in Nashville. Now, in semi-retirement, he has returned to limited touring and performing. During the 1980s, Talley recorded two albums, which were released by the German Bear Family Records, American Originals (1985); and Love Songs and The Blues (1989). In the 1990s, Talley and Bear Family released The Road to Torreòn (1992); and James Talley: Live (1994).
Through the 1980's and early 90's, he released four albums in Europe, and then re-entered domestic market in the U.S. in 2000 with Nashville City Blues and Woody Guthrie and Songs of My Oklahoma Home. In 2002 he released, Touchstones, a re-recording of some of the classic songs from his four 1970s Capitol Records albums, and in 2004 he released Journey, a live album recorded while Talley was on tour in Italy. In 2008 he released Journey: The Second Voyage, and a new album of original songs, Heartsong. The 40th Anniversary reissue of Tryin’ Like the Devil in late 2016, marks the first time this album has been available in physical format since 1979.
Like so many other artists who were taken for granted or are later lost in the shuffle at big record companies, Talley now runs his own label, Cimarron Records, and he has nearly all his earlier recordings available from his own label. Talley continues to tour, and spends his time between his home in Nashville and his home in New Mexico. www.allmusic.com.
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