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Possessed by Paul James is an American folk singer, songwriter and musician from Lee County, Florida. His music is composed of string instruments including banjo, guitar and fiddle with written roots within folk, blues and punk. Raised within a small Mennonite Community among pacifists, service workers and transplants. He graduated from Eastern Mennonite University in 2001 with a degree in liberal arts with various minors. He is currently living in Boerne, Texas with his wife and sons meeting the music demand by touring, sales on line etc. He is also a special education teacher at Curington Elementary School in Boerne, Texas. Possessed by Paul James has starred in The Folk Singer, a film by Slowboat Filmsin 2008 while in circulation internationally. He has toured with Frank Turner of Epitaph Records, Chuck Ragan of Side One Dummy, Jon Snodgrass and Chad Price Suburban Home Records, Jim Ward and others via The Revival Tour in 2009.
In January 2011, Feed the Family was nominated for Americana Album and won the award for Alt. Country Album in The 10th Annual Independent Music Awards
GRIFTERS & SHILLS
Grifters & Shills - amplifyin' and testifyin' for your soul.
His was hard rock and heavy metal. Hers was the classic sound of the East Texas piney woods. Theirs was a fiery collision, bearing forth a sound that was at once novel and instantly familiar--nodding to roots seated deep in high lonesome harmonies and back porch blues, while peering out at a scorched path bound by modern assertions and contemporary commentary.
Behind Grifters & Shills is John and Rebecca Stoll, native Texans who met in a classic rock/blues jam band in 2008. Between them they discovered a magnetic chemistry that manifested not only in music, but in all aspects of their relationship. When they began playing as a two-piece band, they found a unique voice in the combination of Rebecca's East Texas vocal stylings and John's formidable guitar work. They immediately began writing their own songs, while testing the waters of vocal harmonies and adding an array of instrumentation to their arsenal. A typical show will feature a delightful range of electric instruments, including John's archtop guitar, Rebecca's bass, a driving stomp board, a couple of cigar box guitars, a handful of harmonicas, and an occasional kazoo.
They call it high lonesome heavy metal, and together, this two-person, dozen-instrument act provides a show full of sound a fury, punctuated with raw, quiet vulnerability, forging new trails and shining new light on familiar ground.
In an article published by Texas Music Magazine last year, music journalist Trey Gutierrez wrote: Charles Bryant may the most prolific Texas songwriter you’ve never heard of. His 3rd, and latest CD, titled ‘Kiss The Sun’ was named one it’s best Texas album releases of 2017. In his review of the album, music journalist William Michael Smith concluded: “A vast, sweeping work of beauty, grace, compassion and heart, ‘Kiss The Sun’ gives hope to those who miss the bruising word constructions of Townes Van Zandt and other Houston singer-songwriters who set the bar so high to begin with. ‘Kiss The Sun’ is no less than a minor masterpiece from a true underdog an native son”.
All this is especially shocking considering that Charles is a lifelong agoraphobic who didn’t play his 1st open-mic until he was 50 years, at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck in Houston in late 2012. This was in response to a devastating series of health crises in 2011, later found to be caused by a rare blood-clotting disorder that was creating potentially life-threatening blood clots in his legs and lungs. Convinced that he didn’t want to take his songs to the grave with him without them being heard, he decided that he needed to try to get on a stage. He has now been performing in public for almost 6 years.
Charles was born and lives in Pasadena, Texas. He is married to his wife Kathi and they have 5 children and 3 grandchildren.