James J Turner long-awaited new album Spirit, Soul and a Handful of Mud is OUT NOW. This is James’s third solo studio album, and was recorded in the same Liverpool studio as his critically acclaimed second solo album “How Could We Be Wrong” which was called the “best folk-rock album of 2012” earning him thousands of fans plus lots of UK and European radio play (including mainstream and regional BBC stations), live radio sessions and key live gigs.
James has a unique solo style and is one of the most potent artists to emerge from the Acoustic-Pagan music scene in recent years. A huge voice and dextrous guitar playing provide the backbone to his passionate, carefully crafted songs. In recent years James has deliberated to consciously follow a Druidic - Bardic path; he is a member of OBOD, who are the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids.
The music on James’s new album is therefore imbued with his empathy for the human struggle, complex spiritual landscapes, plus a deep concern for the environment. Also on the new album are powerful and passionate vocal performances; characteristic James J Turner songs with strident lyrics, catchy melodies, anthemic choruses and strong hooks; plus first class musicianship from James (vocals / acoustic guitar / whistles / mandolin / shruti box), Vicky Mutch (cello), Amy Chalmers (fiddle /backing vocals), Etienne Girard (bass guitar) and Jay Hughes (drums / cajon). The new album has been recorded and mixed by Ronnie Stone in Liverpool’s Area 51 Studios.