The James Low Western Front is a simultaneously fearsome and droll four-piece band from Portland, Oregon, playing American Roots music with a distinct outsider-country vision. The voice belongs to James Low, both as vocalist and songwriter.
“Q” magazine’s four-star review of the band’s recent release, “Whiskey Farmer,” noted a debt to songwriter greats Townes Van Zandt and Gram Parsons, while Martin Chilton of the Telegraph called “Whiskey Farmer” an “offbeat original” in his four-star review.
If it is James’ songwriting and voice that provide the foundation of the album, it is the band, featuring the stellar rhythm section of Tim Huggins (Bass), Joe Mengis (Drums), and inspired guitarist Dave Camp, that make the live shows so phenomenal. Not content to rest on the laurels of a great song, this band tears it up.
As the prominent music blog Listen Dammit says, “Holy Crap, these guys are good.”