Sun October 6, 2019 8:00 pm (Doors: 7:00 pm )
Bourbon Theatre
Doors: 7 p.m. || Music: 8 p.m. || All Ages
$15: GA Advance || $18: GA Day of Show
$56: Table of 2 || $112: Table of 4
$2 Minor Fee at the Door
Tickets on-sale Monday August 12th at 10 a.m.

GA = standing room only
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::: Shawn James :::

Shawn James’ voice is a force of nature, a musical preacher to a flock that acceptseveryone, a combination of the gospel choirs he sang with as a youngster and histraining in classical music and opera. Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago,James’ timeless sound is steeped in blues legends like Robert Johnson and SonHouse, forever at the crossroads of damnation and redemption, the two inextricablywoven into the fabric of his songs.

The Dark & the Light, his first album for L.A.-based indie label Parts + Labor Records,marks a creative leap forward for the 32-year-old troubadour. James annually toursmore than 150 dates around the world and has released some 70 songs over the pastfive years, both on his own and as part of his “more raucous, rock” band theShapeshifters, a loose group of musicians formed in Fayetteville, AR, which served ashis temporary home before a recent move to the west coast.

Transcending any and all genres, James’ songs speak as much to these tremuloustimes as they do the eternal human condition. Steeped in mythology (the fearsome acappella which opens “Orpheus”) and America’s dark past (the deep delta blues of“Burn the Witch”),The Dark & the Lightseeks to turn despair into hope – as he does onthe two-part tribute to his steel-worker father on “Love Will Find a Way I” and “Love WillFind a Way II.” Shawn’s father died an alcoholic when he was five and the two songsfeature a journey from the depths of despair to the heights of ecstatic communion.Shawn sings, “The blood that filled his veins flows through mine/It’s not that I’mashamed but how can I redefine how your story ends.”

“The record’s about turning the darkness and pain I’ve experienced in my life into songsthat can inspire others to make the best of hard times,” he says.

Recorded at his new label’s Venice Beach, CA, recording studio with producer JimmyMesser (AWOLNation, Kelly Clarkson, Kygo, The White Buffalo), the songs for the newalbum were written by James while back in Chicago.