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James Van Cooper & Axle Whitehead to hit the road together

James Van Cooper has announced tour dates in support of his upcoming album release, Coming Home, now slated for release on 14 September, with acclaimed musician, Axle Whitehead joining him on the road.

James and Axle met in Los Angeles recently whilst James was there recording his debut album. Axle, a friend of US music producer Scott Campbell, sat in on a few off the sessions watching James and it was during that time that the boys discovered their musical tastes collided.  Given their creative like mindedness, they agreed to team up and launch a national Australian tour.

Headlining the tour, James will showcase his new record, Coming Home, a mix of new country rock and alt country cool.  Axle returns to Australia after starring in US TV productions Shameless and Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD and is especially eager to road test a new collection of songs, which style-wise genuflect at the alter of Ry Cooder and Elvis Presley.

Audiences can expect the two artists to ricochet off of one another live, both brilliant performers in their own rights, with the shows providing a mouth-watering opportunity to see two of the country’s most formidable guitarists in full flight.

The tour will see James performing with his 4-piece band, whilst Axle will be accompanied by ARIA award-winning, Carl Dimataga.

Friday, 14 September | SLYFOX, Enmore, NSW (Album Launch)
Saturday, 15 September | Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Thursday, 4 October | The Fyrefly, St Kilda, Vic
Friday, 5 October | Spotted Mallard, Brunswick, Vic
Friday, 19 October | The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
The first single and video from James’ new album, Coming Home, Passing Through, features Matt Pynn on lap steel (Miley Cyrus Band), Steve Taylor on piano/keys (Bob Weir Band ex Grateful Dead), and highly respected LA session players, Hayley Brownell on drums and Rodrigo Moreno on bass.
A catchy track showcasing an outstanding artist well beyond his years musically, the whole album has enough hooks and twangy guitars to satisfy those that like their country both epic and nuanced. Van Cooper’s guitar playing is exemplary and his songwriting is full of cinematic imagery.
Coming Home is scheduled for release on Friday, 14 September via digital platforms, with CDs available at shows.

Further to the online announcement on 12 September that Axle Whitehead had to withdraw from James Van Cooper’s Coming Home tour due to health reasons, the majority of the replacement support acts have now been confirmed.

With the album tour kicking off tonight in Sydney, Raechel Whitchurch will open the show along with Tamworth launch on 22 September.  The Bulli show tomorrow will see Roses in Hand take the stage, with Andrew Swift and Bill Barber set to light up The Fyrefly in St Kilda and Rose Zita Falko on board for The Spotted Mallard in Brunswick in early October, with Bill Barber also ready to fly again that night.  Special guests for the Brass Monkey and Stag & Hunter shows will be announced online shortly.

Van Cooper’s debut Americana album, Coming Home, dropped last Friday, 7 September, and is available across all digital platforms. CD collectors can grab a copy from JB Hi-Fi online or from the upcoming live shows.

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