Yes, it’s true . . .the David Lynch Foundation will be presenting James McCartney in his U.S. debut on November 14, 2009, at the Fairfield Art & Convention Center. He will be joining the legendary singer/songwriter Donovan, plus the powerhouse blues/soul songstress Laura Dawn and The Little Death nyc for an amazing triple-bill performance. This concert is part of the David Lynch Weekend at the Maharishi University of Management November 13-15.
James will be coming in from England with his band, performing for the first time under his own name (he’s been playing under his band’s name, Light, in recent times). The best way to get a flavor of James and his music is hearing about it in his own words:
“I have been playing music since I was nine and writing along the way. I met my band about a year ago. Producer David Kahne introduced us. I am currently recording an album. The band consists of me, 32, on guitar, piano, and vocals; Brian Johnson, 28, on drums; Steven Bayley, 32, on guitar, synthesizers, toy piano, and harmonies; and Charles Turner, 27, on bass and harmonies.
“The music is inspired by the Beatles, Nirvana, the Cure, PJ Harvey, Radiohead, and all good music. It is basically rock ‘n ‘roll, clean sounding, and vocal. My dad taught me guitar when I was nine. I play a Fender Stratocaster, which Carl Perkins gave me from the seventies, and a Gibson Les Paul that my dad gave me—heart red. I am from London and Sussex, Brian and Charlie are from Allerton, Liverpool, where my dad grew up, and Steve is from Birmingham. Brian and Charlie used to be in the Dead 60s and Steve used to be in The Open. We are currently on tour. We are mixing our album in Hog Hill Studio, Sussex. The words on the album refer to spirituality, love, family, trying to sort out one’s own life, and many other things. I have written the songs over a ten-year period.”
The David Lynch Foundation weekend is November 13-15 at MUM in Fairfield. Also appearing Saturday, November 14, at 9:15 p.m. will be Donovan and Laura Dawn with her band, the Little Death NYC.