April 27, 2006

Spirited Frontwoman Brings Her Soulful Sound To The FSCOTT GALLERY

BOSTON / SUDBURY, MA - (APRIL 27 2006 DMPR) - A calm Spring evening in suburban Massachusetts. A bustling, high-profile venue called the FSCOTT GALLERY. A young singer whose introspective music moves the body, mind, and soul. An audience that can't get enough of her charismatic performance and beautiful original material...

This will be the scene this Friday, April 28th at 8:00 PM, as singer/songwriter/guitarist ELENA JAMES joins STEVE KRIGER for a rare solo performance at the FSCOTT GALLERY, 29 Hudson Road (The Village Green), Sudbury, MA 01776.

In one sense, this appearance marks a return to this gifted artist's original roots, as she began her career as a more acoustic-oriented singer/songwriter. Using high-priced session musicians, Elena had already recorded an album's worth of demos with producers/engineers Pablo Bencid (drummer for Victor Mendoza) and Daniel Saa, but after playing a handful of solo showcases, she knew her style (which ranges from delicate, finger-picking to heavy electric power chords) required a full band to bring such a versatile repertoire to the stage.

Enter bassist Eric Marian, drummer Katherine Tedeschi, and Ryan Logsdon, who, along with their titular frontwoman now comprise the ELENA JAMES BAND. As a collective, this young group's varied influences amount to a veritable who's who of rock history: Tori Amos, Jeff Buckley, Heart, Jimi Hendrix, Black Sabbath, Depeche Mode, James Brown, and U2.

Channel these varied inspirations through intelligently written original material and the superior musicianship of the band's individual members, and the final result is a rich, thick and varied sound that manages to sound hauntingly familiar yet completely unique all at once. And while the band never loses sight of its dedication to primal rock & roll, it is never afraid to be a bit experimental, for Elena James is a woman of many ideas.

While she relishes the high energy of her band's live shows, Elena looks forward to this Friday's sonic change of pace at the Fscott Gallery, observing, "At acoustic shows we get the opportunity to test out newer songs on an intimate and captive audience.Ê Also, this show will allow us to reach fans of all ages, since most of our larger shows are at 18-21 and over venues."

The legendary home of musical acts as diverse as Aerosmith, Boston, Letters To Cleo, Juliana Hatfield, The Lemonheads, Morphine, Til Tuesday, Belly, Throwing Muses, Kristin Hersh, and Mary Lou Lord, the Boston scene continues to play an important role in the careers of artists to this day, helping to break such current favorites as Killswitch Engage, Ray LaMontagne, The Click 5, Dropkick Murphys, Akrobatik and most recently, platinum recording sensation James Blunt. With unmistakable talent and a burning desire to succeed, the Elena James Band is quickly outgrowing its humble New England origins.

So make sure you get to the Fscott Gallery early this Friday. For although no one can guess what may next emerge from this young lady, fans are always in agreement over one thing: whether performing solo sets or rocking with her band, Elena James never disappoints, and her songs, for all their power and immediate accessibility, demand to be played and heard LIVE.

For more information about the Elena James Band, and to get exclusive looks at their upcoming projects, please visit and bookmark www.myspace.com/elenajames and www.elenajames.com.

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