New piano-based pop songwriting
Born in New Hampshire, Brendan James cut his artistic teeth in New York and is now based in Los Angeles. His piano-based songwriting style is influenced by artists of the 1970s (with more than a bit of Stevie Wonder) and by more recent artists such as Ryan Adams. Brendan released his debut full-length album, "The Day Is Brave," on the Decca label in 2008 and a follow-up, "Brendan James," two years later. He has been a headliner on the MTV Soundtracker tour and, with Jason Reeves and Amber Rubarth, on a tour sponsored by Vespa motor scooters on which he traveled along the West Coast on a Vespa to promote environmental awareness. He took an artistic hiatus and roared back stronger than ever. Since we saw him last, Brendan has released a new EP, "Wish You Well," and he has more new music on the way. Singer-songwriter (and investment banker and crossword puzzle maker) Pete Muller opens.