Joshua James premiered the first track, "Queen of the City," off his upcoming third album From The Top Of Willamette Mountain, which will be released on November 6th, 2012 via Intelligent Noise. The album is currently available for pre-order in multiple formats and packages via Joshua James website. He's one of my favorite musicians of the last few years and if you saw him at his last show here at the Soda Bar, you know just how great he is (even playing through a bar power outage).
Here's the skinny from his press release:
Produced by Richard Swift (Damien Jurado, Gardens and Villa, The Mynabirds), From The Top Of Willamette Mountain is a collection of 11 songs that hone James' singular voice and further establish him as a formidable artist. Sweeping album opener "Mystic" immediately sets the tone with its evocative dynamics and soul-searching lyrics, while "Surrender" is a classic, early '60s pop waltz through existential angst, and "Wolves" moves from a sparse beauty to a symphonic gale. "Doctor, Oh Doctor" highlights the album's softer contemplations and the gently swinging title track, "Willamette Mountain", name-checks James' farm in rural Utah, where he's learned to live off the land and appreciate a simpler pace. Innovative yet with an intimate, familiar feel, From The Top Of Willamette Mountain marks a time of transition and acceptance, a deeply personal record about finding one's center in a world of differences.
James was raised in Lincoln, NE but now resides in American Fork, UT, at the foot of the Wasatch Mountain Range. He has spent the majority of the past five years on the road, as a headliner and with artists including The Swell Season, Ben Harper, and Ani DiFranco. His previous albums The Sun Is Always Brighter and Build Me This both reached #1 on the iTunes Folk Chart, as well as earning 'Best of iTunes' album honors in their respective years of release. James will launch a UK tour on October 18th and North American dates will be announced soon.