I’ve had the privilege of seeing James Bay’s budding career since the beginning of his time here in the States. I remember back in 2013 seeing him grace the stage of Rockwood Music Hall for a solo performance for one of his first US shows with Communion, then again last year when he opened for Hozier as a duo, and now he’s playing to his own sold out crowd at The Troc with a full band. Needless to say, a lot has happened for James in two years time, and I’m sure many more magical things are ahead for this lad.
James Bay is an impressive live act. Bleeding emotion out of every note, paired with an impressively timed guitar rhythm, you can’t help but connect with what comes out of his mouth, and become captured in the performance. It was clear to see this as the crowd emotionally sang back songs. This was especially prevalent with ‘Let it Go’, when James stepped back from the mic and the crowd filled in the chorus.
James’ debut album Chaos And The Calm is out now!
Opening for James was Nashville’s Marc Scibilia. A fitting opener for the night, with his soulful folk rock vibe. He captured the crowd’s attention with his beautiful cover of Woody Guthrie’s ‘This Land is Your Land’, and evoking a crowd sing-a-long. A tune recently featured on a Super Bowl ad for Jeep. Marc’s voice is a little remnant of something old and something new. Giving us a new twist on an older styling of music. A little dark, honest, and something special.
When We Were On Fire
If You Ever Want to Be in Love
Need The Sun To Break
Let It Go
Best Fake Smile
Get Out While You Can
If I Ain't Got You (Alicia Keys cover)
Hold Back the River
Words and Photos by: Carolyn Lederach