INTRODUCING: Russell James

Russell James’ path to the release of “Ghosts” was one of absolute grit and willpower. For the better part of 2017, James, who lives his life with the audio integration disorder hyperacusis, complicated by parallels to the autism spectrum and a personal battle with PTSD and anxiety, felt as though he was standing in the shadow of his depression. From the darkness, James found glimmers of hope during the process of recording Wave/Water, which he will self-release on April 20, 2018.

The album concentrates profoundly on hope and the impact it can have on a person’s life. ThroughoutWave/Water, James insistently underlines the notion that no one is alone in fighting life’s battles… that every person is weathering the pressures of something every day. Because of this unifying connection, James asserts that we’re all in this together and hopes, eventually, that we can all lean on each other for support.

“Depression is always with me…there’s always an undercurrent of depression that will poke its head up once every two days even when I’m feeling good,” he told Substream Magazine, who premiered “Ghosts,” the first track from Wave/Water – CLICK HERE to listen. “I want people to know that because you can be in the darkest period, that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything about it.”

“My mental health puts a lot of occupational limits on me but songwriting remains unaffected,” he adds. “I get a sense of coping and healing from the creative practice as well as the sense that I still have something to give and we all need something that helps us push back what haunts us.


James’ new album Wave/Water will be self-released April 20, 2018. You can catch James on tour this spring.

2/22 Denver, CO: The Walnut Room

4/7 Las Cruces, NM: High Desert Brewing

4/10 Los Angeles, CA: Silverlake Lounge

4/12 Hood River, OR: Double Mountain Brewing

4/13 Portland, OR: Artichoke Community

4/15 Port Townsend, WA: Cellar Door

4/16 Olympia, WA: The Living Stage @ RL Hotel

4/18 Anacortes, WA: The Brown Lantern

4/20 Seattle, WA: Tim’s Tavern

4/23 Salt Lake City, UT: The Living Stage @ RL Hotel

5/15 Harrisonburg, VA: The Golden Pony

5/17 Philadelphia, PA: Kung Fu Necktie

5/18 Lancaster, PA: TBA

5/19 New York, NY: Rockwood Music Hall

5/21 Washington, DC: Tryst

5/24 Goshen, IN: Goshen Brewing Co.

5/25 Chicago IL: Acoustic Café

5/26 St. Louis, MO: Evangeline’s Bistro and Music House

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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