Jan James - Time bomb CD
Jan James honed her powerful vocals in a church choir, and learned guitar licks from a Tennessean named Catfish. She made her way from a family-run fishing resort in central Michigan to downtown Chicago to become one of The Windy City's most enduring female artists. Her creative partnership with Craig Calvert is a decades-old exploration of roots music of all kinds – rock n' roll, soul, country, and of course, the blues.
Their first album, Last Train, was not just a critical success in the U.S.; it was picked up by the the Dutch label Provogue, which laid the foundation for Jan's massive and ongoing European fan base. Twelve records followed through the years, all eliciting the raves such as 'voices of the caliber of Jan James' are rare in today’s pop music…' and 'her upbeat rock/blues is exceptionally radio-friendly and very stylishly executed.'
Which brings us to Time Bomb, a record that encompasses, reflects, and then surpasses all of that history. In these 13 tracks, Jan and Craig enmesh universal themes with something more immediate and personal, making Time Bomb a mirror to the now.
'All of the songs from Time Bomb are inspired by the times we are living in. Writing these melodies and lyrics gives my soul comfort amidst this awful mess our society has created. ' However, the music leans toward hope and healing. As Jan says, 'The over-all message would be 'happiness.' Find it, see it, feel it, grab it, hold it, give it – embrace and share all the love you can find.'