Darrin James “When You’re With Me” – you be you

Photo: Doug Coombe

Here’s some Seventies-style up-tempo and upbeat country rock from Darrin James.  It bounds along at a great pace with Darrin James sincerely conveying a message of equality – “you can always just be yourself when you’re with me / … / you are perfect as you are – don’t change a thing / I’ll never ask you to change a thing.”  There is a Lee Hazlewood-esque twist though, as Darrin James reflects that the happy free loving life which he clings to is somewhat out of kilter with a world that has suffered a nuclear catastrophe.

Gruff vocaled Darrin James was born in Kentucky and raised in Metro Detroit, where he was influenced by blues and Motown radio as well as classic rock artists like The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Neil Young.  After seeing BB King perform at the Fox Theater as a young teen, James dove into learning bluesy styles of guitar and keyboards.  He is mostly self-taught as a musician, and he studied literature at the University of Michigan, which he believed would help his lyric writing.

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Sure, I could climb high in a tree, or go to Skye on my holiday. I could be happy. All I really want is the excitement of first hearing The Byrds, the amazement of decades of Dylan's music, or the thrill of seeing a band like The Long Ryders live. That's not much to ask, is it?
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