The Sound of Semi-Young Australia

Cold Moon

James Thomson


The resonant balance of melody, emotion and authenticity makes this one of the finest local Americana albums of recent years.  Chris Familton  (The MUSIC)  May 2015

The 12 striking songs which make up Cold Moon blend blues, folk, country and soul with other elements not so easily defined, to help create the albums unique sound.

“…Standing out from the crowd may take something special, the thing is, I think Thomson may be that something special…”    Bernard Zuel   (Sydney Morning Herald)

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The captivating sense of restlessness in Thomson’s song writing is organic; spending much of his childhood shuffling between Sydney’s Northern Beaches and rural towns between the Central West and Hunter Valley regions of NSW.  In late 2013, James followed that innate travelling spirit and went to explore the musically rich regions of the American Deep South.

Unsurprisingly, this journey proved a major inspiration for the 12 tracks on James’ eagerly anticipated second album, Cold Moon. Cold Moon, like James’ first album, was recorded and part produced by Grant Shanahan (Eva Trout, The Honeys and Perry Keyes Band) at Leisure Suit Studios, Spencer NSW.

Thomson, clearly inspired by artists like Hank Williams, Townes Van Zandt and Blind Willie McTell caught the attention of the Americana community in both Australia and America, and soon landed supports with ex-Jayhawks singer Mark Olson, Simone Felice (The Felice Brothers) and most recently on a Love Police promoted tour with Nashville-based artists Robert Ellis and Jonny Fritz.     His performances on this most recent tour received stellar reviews, with The Music writing “Thomson is a master of understated blues-based country” with the confidence and ability of a performer who “captured the crowd’s attention with evocative lyrics, wonderful finger-picking and a warm rapport”.


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Weight .125 kg
Dimensions 20 × 20 × 1.5 cm