Since relocating to Europe in the summer of 2012, James & Black have laid a foundation in Belgium, Holland, Germany, Italy, Spain, France and now embark on their first Uk tour and we welcome them to Mrs Yarringtons.
They have supported the likes of Gregory Porter ,Fatoumata Diawara and Candy Dulfer. Performed at the Barcelona International Jazz Festival, and have supported New Yorkers, the Slackers, throughout Germany and Austria. In April last year they performed and at the Baltic Soul Weekender with Sister Sledge.The duo released their second studio album, 'This Time', in July 2017 with release shows at La Chapelle des Lombards in Paris FR, the Peer Blues festival along side fellow Texans, ZZ Top, and tours in Italy, Spain, Germany, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Belgium and the Netherlands.
“For those who had never seen Otis Redding or Aretha Franklin perform, go to a concert of Bruce James and Bella Black – this is the best option to close your eyes and go back to pure American sound whose songs echo to this day, for connoisseurs and non-connoisseurs alike. Bruce with his street poetry - "past tense is no more than last night's wine" - Bella with her voice that tears thoughts and frees the mind of the listener.”
Voci di Citta - Bologna IT
“a piano man that can swing and croon like Dr. John, or growl and stomp like Tom Waits.”
The Austin Chronicle - Austin TX USA
"For here are two musicians at the beginning of their breakthrough. One that we give them wholeheartedly." Rootstime.be - Belgium