James Maddock has built his acclaimed legacy on conveying his songs and sentiments in the most direct possible way. In his latest album, The Green, he’s recorded the most eclectic, exhilaratingly soulful, and imaginatively produced album in his career. “This is my best album. It’s an upbeat record with really strong songs and a lot of surprises,” the British transplant reveals.
Since 1999, James Maddock’s boldly vulnerable songwriting, honeyed rasp, and distinct Folk and Americana aesthetic have garnered acclaim from icons, peers, and taste-making outlets like NPR, American Songwriter, Relix magazine, and CMT Edge. Relix notes, “James Maddock possesses the kind of lived-in, craggy voice that would sound authoritative if he were singing the sports pages. Fortunately, he doesn’t need to do that because his compositional skills are a match for his delivery.”
His consistency as a recording artist and a captivating live performer have attracted a devoted fanbase He’s performed with Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nile, Aaron Comess (Spin Doctors) and David Immergluck (Counting Crows), appeared on an album with Susan McKeown, and built a respected international profile through tireless touring from the Northeast U.S. to Europe to Australia.
Previous to his solo career, James Maddock was the front man for the Columbia Records band Wood where he was first introduced to a mainstream audience. The group’s debut album, Songs From Stamford Hill, was prominently featured in the hit television series Dawson’s Creek. In 2003, James Maddock relocated from England to New York, and, soon after, launched his solo career. His 2009 solo album Sunrise On Avenue C won a New York Music Award for “Best Americana Album,” while its follow-up, Wake Up And Dream, ranked among the top albums of 2011 in WFUV’s (NYC) Listener Poll.
The Green truly captures NPR’s accolade that “his timeless songwriting style, which seems to draw from great songwriters of every era, conveys quiet confidence and lovely intimacy.”
James Maddock is taking selections from The Green, as well as fan favorites from his back catalog, on the road. “I love how songs reveal themselves differently in the live setting,” James says. “I’m grateful I have such a large body of work and an audience to share a creative dialogue with. It’s all a luxury and just a really beautiful thing—I feel very lucky.”