A single note, a vibrant chord, or a slurry of pentatonic triplets, all are present in the toolbox of Montreal-musician Mr. James Green.
One of Montreal’s guitar greats, we’re usually able to find him on a given night giving back to the people that drew him to the fore, hosting Jam Nights around town with stand-up and walk-in musicians, playing Acoustic evenings, or performing along with the Blushing Brides (long-time Rolling Stones tribute group).
Having recently sat and shared a table with James, it’s easy to see why he enjoys playing so much. Simply put, “It’s a love, it’s a passion, whether it be for the ears of one, a few, or many.”
Enjoying a resurgence in the local music scene, Montreal venues are returning to their roots and opening their arms to the fact that we are a people that love the great talent this city holds, and that this country of ours holds. Bistro A JoJo, the Corona Theater, Juliano’s, Clyde’s, and even Smoke Meat Pete’s are but a few that are putting Blues and Rock on the same scale as their dining experience.
Anyone who wouldn’t welcome eating and/or drinking, while listening to the virtuosity and stylings of Sir James, is deprived.
To see the enjoyment and adandon that the StratoMaster commands, from raunchy Blues to Hendrixisms, you can see the expressions painted on his face as to what he knows that simple piece of wood and wire is made to sound from his touch.
From Chicago to Asia, guitarist James Green has hypnotized audiences around the world since 1979. James, a Montréal native, is known on the local and international music scene with performances in arenas, amusement parks, Montréal Jazz and various Blues festivals.
James picked up his first guitar at age 16 and in 1979, a mere three years later, signed on as lead guitarist for phenom band The Blushing Brides. From 1979 to ’81 the band toured across North America, averaging 250 gigs a year with crowds of up to 10,000. After gaining popularity and experience, the band put out its first album, “Unveiled” in 1981. Their first hit, “What You Talkin’ About” was co-written by James and lead singer Maurice Raymond.
In 1983, James left the Brides and joined forces with David Bowie’s legendary guitarist Mick Ronson, to form Perfect Affair with whom he would record his second album, “Perfect Affair“. The following year James broadened his musical spectrum by joining Reggae band DUB U-5, and recording “World Beat”, an album that enjoyed significant local air play. James diversified again by joining with Montréal sensation Freddie James to form Fusion Three. North American and Asian tours re-ignited his passion for music and in 1993 James recorded with them on the album Come Into The Jungle.
In 1989, James signed on with Kinky Foxx, a Funk band based in New York City. Following their tour, James discovered his real passion for…The Blues. “Blues is at the heart, it is individual, it’s what I love, it’s what I adore.” Having discovered his passion, James joined Smokestack Lightning with whom he tours several times. In 1993 he forms the band Killing Floor Blues.
Over the years James has continued to appear as a guest with the Blushing Brides and performed with many known artists including James Cotton, Edgar Winter, the Dixon Brothers, Big Jack Johnson, Russell Jackson and Frank Marino. Most recently, James can be heard playing with Cliff Stevens’ band Slowhand and on Slim Williams’ recent album Pulse of the Planet.
In 2004 he formed James Green and The Blues Electric, playing at venues throughout the city where he combines a traditional style with Electric Blues introducing influences from Rock & Roll, R & B, soul and funk into his Blues renditions. His music touches the soul of audiences everywhere, as evidenced at a recent performance, some of his stage-presence can be viewed here
Example of James Green stylings