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With a signature musical blend of Americana, Blues and Alt-Country Rock, Chris James and the Showdowns wear their hearts on the stage, and deliver memorable songwriting that makes a lasting connection. Their music, lyrics and vibe can have you feeling nostalgic one moment, while making you want to head for the dance floor the next.

Their latest album: "Lucky Breaks" was a three-year... more

With a signature musical blend of Americana, Blues and Alt-Country Rock, Chris James and the Showdowns wear their hearts on the stage, and deliver memorable songwriting that makes a lasting connection. Their music, lyrics and vibe can have you feeling nostalgic one moment, while making you want to head for the dance floor the next.

Their latest album: "Lucky Breaks" was a three-year project that first began with two microphones and a lot of heart in a small Haight Ashbury studio. Eventually the songs travelled to Scarborough Maine for inspiration, and back to San Francisco’s Faultine and Hyde St. Studios for the full production realized. The record embodies a “coming of age” spirit with themes of longing, change, hope and acoustic driven, open road Americana. “Lucky Breaks” has grabbed the attention of several roots rock radio stations, and was chosen for Grammy nomination consideration by The San Francisco Recording Academy Chapter.

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--"Chris James is a terrific singer-songwriter with a real honest approach and style. His songs speak to everyday people. Reminds me a little of 'The Boss'..." - J. Bowman (Lead Guitarist for Michael Franti & Spearhead)

--"Chris James' style of writing is hard to deny as it rings of times and life situations we can all relate to. It's nice to see an artist and band hold true to Americana roots while still giving you a rock and roll kick in the ass!" -Starita (Vice President of the San Francisco Recording Academy Chapter)

--"James is as captivating a performer as I have seen in some time. His songs are well crafted, his energy on stage is contagious, and the truth in his lyrics is undeniable.” -Ralph Graceffa (Touring Singer Songwriter)

Singer songwriter Chris James began studying music at an early age and was a regular performer at coffee houses, parties and small clubs around the Portland, Maine area where he grew up, drawing from early influences like Tom Petty, Springsteen, John Lennon, Paul Simon, Johnny Cash and Jim Croche. Looking to broaden his musical reach, James ventured to San Francisco in his twenties and co-founded Small Change Romeos, a band that eventually amassed a large Bay Area following. Riding on the success of the Romeos, he embarked on a solo career and formed: Chris James & The Showdowns. The new band is now widely recognized for having deep rooted, well crafted songs, and for putting on a compelling live show that has Rock N’ Roll attitude. They have since performed a number of shows on both coasts ranging from large clubs to intimate venues to outdoor festivals to house concerts.

James' has had songs in commercial placements seen and heard on CNN and other cable networks, and has also had the pleasure of sharing the stage, and/or the recording studio with many notable artists including members of Michael Franti and Spearhead, Tesla, Starship, Marion Grace, RA RA Riot, and Jeff Campbell to name a few.

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