There isn’t much to say about Seattle’s James Coates, the singer-songwriter who’s quietly earned the respect of everyone from local peers to international acts like Grammy-nominated Corinne Bailey Rae, who describes his music as “brilliant.”
He spent the better part of a decade passionately playing his songs for anyone who’d listen, touring nationally, opening for artists like Sheryl Crow and headlining famed Nashville songwriters’ haven the Bluebird Café along the way.
But for Coates, it’s always been about the songs and the connection they can create. And “One Last Ride,” his deeply-autobiographical upcoming album, aims to make a strong one.
Confessional lyrics, raspy vocals and twangy instrumentation join forces to weave a sonic tapestry that invokes images of smoky Nashville recording studios filled with musicians searching for truth and inspiration.
Listen to the songs of a long-forgotten traveler, feel the rhythm of the train he rides, and hear the story of “One Last Ride.”