James Bennett is an Alternative Roots/ Folk artist from Newcastle NSW.
No stranger to playing live, James incorporates 12 & six string guitars, Weissenborn Lap Steel, stomp box & harmonica into his performances & has been playing nationally across Australia for the last seven years.
The last few years James has warmed up the stage for much loved Australian artists such as The John Butler Trio, Diesel, Wendy Matthews, Jeff Lang, Ian Moss, The Black Sorrows, Rick Price & Dan Sultan. This list also extends to some well know international artists like Newton Faulkner (UK) & Canned Heat (USA)
James has independently recorded & released two E.P’s & a self titled album. He recorded his second album titled ‘Run with the Hunted’ in Hollywood CA with highly respected Producer/ Engineer Scott Campbell who has worked with & recorded industry names such as Alanis Morissette, Stevie Nicks & Tom Petty.
James is currently working towards his third studio album set to be released in early 2019.
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“Occasionally an artist stops you in your tracks and belts you right in the feels, and singer-songwriter James Bennett is certainly in the business of crafting tracks that get stuck in your head without overstaying their welcome. There's an effortless charm to Bennett's songs that carries over into real life when he talks about his music - a self-taught guitarist, a silver-tongued lyricist and a voice coated in rasping honey, it's no surprise or coincidence that a boy who grew up off the grid listening to uninterrupted Bob Dylan would end up conjuring dreamy folk magic.”
— Tiana Speter (The Soundcheck Review)