Born in Bolton, James. M. Carson is a hard edged folk singer-songwriter who has been predominantly touring the Greater Manchester and Liverpool independent scene for past two years. Carson's regular slots in Manchester venues, as part of the increasingly popular "Jezebel Music Presents" and "Cinnamon Girl Productions", recently led to supporting slots with the Bluetones' Mark Morriss, Louisianna roots band, "Hurray for the Riff Raff" and guest appearances for American folkies, "The Wooden Sky" and "Evening Hymns". His involvement in the Liverpool music scene and the promoters there (Talk 2 Frank) has provided equally impressive guest slots at the famous Lomax venue with singer-songwriter virtuoso, Nick Harper (son of folk legend, Roy Harper).
Interest in his music has spread from its humble local origins to as far as the U.S. and Australia, with some of his material receiving air play on "ALL FM" and "Manchester Radio Online" (UK), "Shock Pop Radio Show" (U.S.), and "Sideways Through Sound" (AU).
A talented musician from an early age, Carson has been writing music since his teens but only recently began channelling his talent into writing music for people other than himself. Carson's path to releasing his first EP has been fraught with false dawns. From graduating from University in the Creative Arts to lowly manual labour work in his home town, Bolton, his CV reflects that of a man not content with 9-5 mundanity. The antithesis of the instant pop star, Carson is slowly building a loyal following and 2014 is looking to be the year that others will get the chance to hear why.
Influenced by the melodic melancholy and the intimate lyricism of the likes of Neil Young and Elliot Smith, but equally entranced by the power pop hooks of bands such as Teenage Fanclub and their grunge admirers, Nirvana. Musically it evokes simpler times when the quest for melody was king, and when Laurel Canyon was the place for any songwriter to be. You should expect to hear Beatlesque pop-rock, Americana strum-along storytelling and surf-vibe guitar picking. Other sighted influences include: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers; The Beatles; Wilco; Calexico; Ryan Adams; CSN&Y; George Harrison; The Kinks; The Lemonheads; Jeff Buckley; Neil Finn.