On this page you will find links to where you can purchase recordings
by James R. Newell. James' most recent release is The Songs
of Hafiz, a
collection of nine of James' adaptations of poems by the 14th century Persian
poet, Hafiz of Shiraz. Also available is a collection of original,
acoustic blues songs called The Blues is My Business,
and a recording of Luther "Georgia Boy" "Shaky Snake"
Johnson entitled Get Down to the Nitty Gritty, on which
James plays drums.
Click on the Titles Below to Order the CD or Tape
- The Songs of Hafiz
Blue Sadhana presents a unique collection of
songs in the World/Folk style, featuring talented singer songwriter
James R. Newell. James has skillfully adapted the lyric poetry of 14th
century Persian Sufi Poet Hafiz of Shiraz to American folk music
idioms. He has created an eclectic blend of world and folk melodies
which effectively make available the classic beauty of Hafiz's lyrics
to the modern, English speaking listener. In particular, his feel for
American blues music evokes the ambiance of the traditional Sufi
tavern, adding a sense of mystery to the classic Persian themes of
lover and beloved, the wine of Divine intoxication, and the torturous
path of love.
- The Blues is My
Blue Sadhana presents a collection of ten
original acoustic blues songs performed by James R. Newell. Songs
include: The Blues is My Business; The Death of Robert Johnson; Messin'
With the Wrong Fool; Cold Chill; and That's just the Way I Do.
Down to the Nitty Gritty
Early 1970's recording of former Muddy Waters
guitarist Luther "Georgia Boy" "Shaky Snake" Johnson,
live on WCMF radio in Rochester, New York. The recording
features Tony Cagnina on harmonica, "Frisco" on guitar, and
James R. Newell on Drums. Songs include: Lonesome in My Bedroom; Get Down to the Nitty
Gritty; Don't Start Me Talkin'; Take It off Him and Put It on Me; You Don't Have to Go; and more..