Natasha James To Release New Single “My Country Has The Blues,” Follow-Up To Critically-Acclaimed CD, “Tequila Time”

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“Tequila Time” CD Currently At #1 On Roots Music Reports Chart For Twelve Consecutive Weeks

“Tequila Time is a very strong band playing music…a group of solid songs and sung by a lady with a message. That message is delivered by one of the best California troubadours to come from the West Coast in years. Laid back vocals throughout gives a feel that she could have come from just down the road. The spirit of Gram Parsons lives on in California music. A laid back, feel-good listen.”

Jerry Henry / Planet Weekly

Natasha JamesNatasha James, one of the most compelling artists in the world of Americana/Roots/Country music, returns with “MY COUNTRY HAS THE BLUES” (Highway One Records), the first single from the forthcoming album of the same name and follow-up to her critically-acclaimed and award-winning CD, “Tequila Time.” Produced in conjunction with Stephen Hart (White Stripes, Neville Brothers, John Lee Hooker) at The Site Recording in Marin County, engineered by Ronnie Rivera, and mastered by four-time Grammy winner Gavin Lurssen, “My Country Has The Blues” is a timely anthem for what is happening all around us in our country, a catchy tune with James’ unique Americana blend of country, blues, roots, and rock.

My country has the blues/she’s just like me and you
She’s trying hard but she’s confused/we better help her to get through
Instead of standing on the sidelines/we better get some guidelines
Instead of criticizing/we better start uniting

In “My Country Has The Blues,” the Sonoma, Calif-based James once again shows us she has her finger on the pulse of the human condition, with lyrics as insightful as they are timely and universal, and married to an infectious musical track guaranteed to have you singing along, with the words running in your head long after the song has ended.

Recently back from a successful whirlwind European Tour that may also spawn a live album, James will shortly embark on some selected Northern California dates in support of “My Country…”  Listen to Natasha performing live at the BlueBird Café’ in Europe at http://www.natashajames.com/Europe.shtml.

Natasha JamesNearly three full years after its initial release, Natasha James’ award-winning CD Tequila Time has remained strong on various charts for a full 16 months after it’s initial release and now is at #1 on the Roots Music Report Roots Country Internet Chart for the fourth consecutive week. Roots Music Report is one of the most respected authorities for tracking nationwide radio airplay in all the major music genres. Complete chart here: http://www.rootsmusicreport.com/index.php?page=charts&name=int_tradcountry

Catch an interview with Natasha this Monday, June 27 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time on The Songwriters Webcast (www.thesongwriterswebcast.com), hosted by David Mobley. Also look for a feature on James in the July issue of Music News Nashville magazine (www.musicnewsnashville.com).

James has recently enjoyed extensive European radio airplay on stations including Radio Eurohertz (“Doc Shultze Country Time” program); and “Country Time (UKW 88.0), as well as European station and website, Tell Them Country (read an interview with James by Tell Them Country’s Sara Haskell: http://www.tellthemcountry.com/content/sarah-emily-interviews-natasha-james).

Domestically, Natasha was recently profiled on “The Wimmin’s Show” heard over http://www.kzum.org/ 89.3 FM in Lincoln, NB along with fellow blues divas, Shemekia Copeland and Janiva Magness “Tequila Time” was played in its entirety on www.allsouthernrock.com.

Released in 2009, “Tequila Time” garnered James high acclaim and international airplay, making the top 5 of multiple formats in the charts. It also received favorable reviews from some of the most high-profile music publications both in the States and abroad (OUTLAW; MAVERICK; MUSIC CONNECTION; CASHBOX to name a few) as well as virtually every Nashville-based publication (MUSIC NEWS NASHVILLE; NASHVILLE GAB; NASHVILLE COUNTRY CLUB; COUNTRY ENTERTAINMENT USA). Tequila Time was honored as “Country Album of the Year” by the Los Angeles Music Awards in 2009, with James winning “Producer’s Choice: Country Songwriter of the Year” at the 2010 LAMA’s.

In addition to this eagerly-awaited and timely single, James is also currently writing music for some upcoming reality television shows produced by Dennis Gelbaum.

www.natashajames.com