Press and Reviews
James Keyes, The Middle
Alt Country Forum by Johan Schoenmakers (January 2014)
James Keyes, The Middle
Americana UK, by Mike Morrison (January 10, 2014)
James Keyes, The Middle
Nanobot Rock Reviews by Greg (December 2013)
Favorite albums of 2013: James Keyes
Worcester Telegram and Gazette by Victor Infante (December 26, 2013)
James Keyes, New Album "The Middle"
The Valley Advocate by Michael Cimaomo (November 21, 2013)
New Music by James Keyes
Telegram and Gazette by Victor Infante (November 21, 2013)
Down “The Middle” Of a Country Road
Worcester Magazine by Jim Osterberg (November 21, 2013)
Music festival stays true to its bloody roots
Worcester Telegram and Gazette, by Craig S. Semon (October 4, 2013)
Go Local Worcester, September 11, 2013
Up Close With Worcester Singer-Songwriter James Keyes
Pop Culture Notebook, Worcester Telegram and Gazette August 28, 2013
Artrocity Artist Spotlight: James Keyes August 23, 2013
Wachusett Entertainment Blog, January 18, 2013
2nd Annual New England Bloody Roots Music Festival, October 6, 2012
The New England Bloody Roots Music Festival, October 22, 2011
"By all accounts, the New England Bloody Roots Festival Saturday a Ralph's Chadwick Square Diner was a rip-roaring success..."
Pop Culture Notebook by Victor D. Infante (October 24, 2011)
Musicians Dig Down to the Bloody Roots, By Craig S. Semon TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF (October 20, 2011)
“Rock ‘n’ roll was built on a foundation of blues and country, and I love it all..."
Your Roots are Showing. Story by Matt Robert, The Worcester Magazine (October 19, 2011)
Devil Take The Hindmost
"...a strong Johnny Cash influence throughout the tracks, but the CD as a whole had a bit more of a soulful vibe, with great tempo changes and a magnetic rasp to Keyes’ vocals."
Jennifer Russo, The Pulse Magazine (March 5, 2012)
"James has sold his soul to the devil and his voice will hit you like a rattlesnake..."
Emilio Mera, Rootshighway.it, (November 29, 2011)
With a deft hand and harp to go with a baritone as strong as brewed black coffee, Keyes demonstrates an impressive mastery of multifaceted Americana.
Jonathan Perry, The Boston Globe (September 2, 2011)
Musically an album full of dark folk and blues with extra instrumentation kept to a minimum, mainly the focus is kept on Keyes' gravelly voice and acoustic guitar.
Michael Cimaomo The Valley Advocate, (August 6, 2011)
Studious and serious and well thought out adaptations of the classic roots, country, and blues canon...
Francis DiMenno, The Noise (August 2011)
It is an album that seems to sit in a middle ground that links a folksy country to the deep blues, with its tales of love, lost love, an acceptance of lifes knocks, the pursuit of meaning...
Mike Morrison, Americanrootsuk.com (July 21,2011)
What you’re listening to: James Keyes
By Victor D. Infante TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF
One door shuts, and another opens for Keyes
By Craig S. Semon TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF
"Ruminations, a tough no-bullshit set of songs sitting pissed and drunken between Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Johnny Cash, Nick Cave, and Waylon Jennings, most of the tracks stripped down to basics and hiding from nothing. "
- Mark S. Tucker, FAME (Apr 22, 2010)
"...the 44 minutes of Ruminations' 15 songs speed by with effortless ease keeping the listener fully engaged and entertained."
- Alt-512, Alt-512 (Apr 21, 2010)
"Zijn onder hun tweetjes al in ruime mate verantwoordelijk dat dit album met Pasen verplicht bij uw thuis naast de chocolade eitjes moet terug te vinden zijn. "
- Swa, Rootsvill.be (Mar 15, 2010)
"If gargling whiskey and chain-smoking were the national pastimes, this album would provide our country's anthem."
- Michael Cimaomo, The Valley Advocate (Mar 11, 2010)
"Honest, gritty delivery of well penned songs, aided by stellar, strong, vocals, and killer instrumentation."
- Call It Folk (Mar 01, 2010)
"James Keyes is a singer/songwriter, yes; and he would go over well in the folk scene but maybe more like in a dark, beer-soaked, smoky basement rock club."
Debbie Catalano, The Noise (Mar 01, 2010)
"It’s the kind of music you want to listen to on the back porch, with a bottle of Maker’s Mark in your hand and a good dog at your feet."
- Kent Newsome, Newsome.org (Mar 01, 2010)
"Ruminations is time-honored country music played by an archetypal country outlaw."
- David Boffa, Worcester Magazine (Jan 14, 2010)
"It is not hard to compare Keyes to the likes of Johnny Cash or Tom Waits, but his style is his alone."
- Tom Godfrey, The Pulse (Sep 01, 2009)
"His performance at Nick's is like Like holding up a clay mirror and reflecting it back to the audience."
- 95 Connections (May 25, 2009)