Alabama raised James Harman picked up on the black blues and soul music playing on juke boxes and the radio while in his teens. Originally, he sang in the church choir, but by the time he was eighteen he was already performing the clubs and jukes throughout the South and cut his first recordings in 1964. Throughout the years he lived and performed in a number of cities, until he found himself firmly planted in the Southern California scene in the early 1970s. He became friends and musical partners with many of the region’s heaviest players, including Canned Heat, Kid Ramos, Nathan James, and Hollywood Fats, and has gone on to record numerous critically acclaimed albums. He has fronted several versions of his own band and has received many Blues Music Awards nominations, with two wins and another five nominations in 2016. One of the most prolific song-writers and a superb harmonica player, James Harman is an engaging and commanding performer.
James Harman returns to the Portland area with his Bamboo Porch Review at The Lake Theater & Café on Monday, May 23 in support of his current Blues Music Award nominated recording Bonetime. The Lake Theater is located at 106 N State Street in Lake Oswego. Show time is 7:00 pm with tickets available through the venue’s website laketheatercafe.com. Admission is $15.00.