BLOOD TO GOLD – OUT NOW
Tom James is a rarity. At just 22 years of age, he’s already developed the virtuoso acoustic guitar chops and mature song writing skills of someone 20 years his senior. Dropping jaws on stages at the prestigious Pret a Diner in both London and Berlin, touring two summers of major British festivals, performing stage-front at Holland’s Surfana festival, and even touring successfully off the back of his first EP, 2011’s Green & White, he’s accomplished an astounding amount in a very short period of time. 2014 adds yet another chapter to his career with his latest release - via Indie Kitchen Records - the cerebral and emotive Blood to Gold EP. Comprised of 5 songs that showcase Tom’s exceptional talent at the forefront of the organic textures and varied dynamics of his band, the EP is a master class in proving what it takes to stand out in the oversaturated climate of UK acoustic singer/songwriters. Hailing from Falmouth in Cornwall, Tom was taught the ins and outs of guitar by finger-style expert Andy McKee. Tom learned to play using unique methods that strayed from simple strummed chords, both utilising the instrument percussively on his lap and finger picking it with complex arpeggios. These styles lend themselves to the bulk of Blood to Gold, and are just as awe-inspiring on the EP as they are live.