James Southwell


Over the past 11 years James has firmly established his credentials as one of Australia’s leading blues performers, constantly playing at the top of the bill at almost all music /blues festivals throughout Australia and New Zealand.  

James Southwell was a finalist in the 2014 & 2015 Memphis Blues Challenge.  

James Southwell commands the stage like few others, with powering riffs and vocals that bite. James and his incredible band are truly world class and would not be out of place on any stage anywhere.

James is not afraid to push his music past all previously existing boundaries and well past what most musicians consider the limits of what is safe. His music comes from a deep love of the blues with heavy inspirational funk and rock & roll influences. This band will capture your attention and you will be totally engrossed as James projects himself off the stage and through you with his music.    

James has been a constant fixture on the Australian music and Blues Scene since 2006 when he hit the ground running with the release of his first Album “Dark Angel” (Produced by Aussie Guitar Legend Kevin Borich).

He has played over 2000 shows since the release of his first album "Dark Angel" in 2006 including many festival appearances.    

When James is not playing the Blues in his own band he plays guitar and tours with Angry Anderson on a regular basis and has also played for Stevie Wright, Kate DeAraugo, Swanee (John Swan), and many others.     James also has an incredibly powerful solo show, that he tours constantly when he is not playing band shows, the solo show is also a very popular add on for festivals.    

His early influences were Phil Manning, George Harrison, Kevin Borich, Lobby Lloyd, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Geoff Achison.    

James still plays at the first venue that ever gave him an opportunity back in 2006.   

Website: www.jamessouthwell.com  

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JamesSouthwellMusic/