This next artist has so many Richmond connections, I figured it should be a good fit for the site. Nashville via Richmond artist James Wallace and the Naked Light, has a new album out entitled “More Strange News From Another Star,” that comes out today, April 30 and the new record captures a distinct vintage quality sound full of rich storytelling-folk arrangements. Wallace has often been compared to Paul Simon in vocal range and use of textured percussion, and the comparison is appropriate as his songwriting showcases a love of African music and Gospel harmonies.
James Wallace and the Naked Light has performed at the Listening Room before and I remember their show being phenomenal. They are about to go on tour with Frontier Ruckus and Moon Taxi. No Richmond date announced yet though.
Listen to the new single “Colored Lights” below.