Saturday, 1 May
CJ Stranger + Kingsley James at The Stag and Hunter Hotel
7:00pmThe Stag & Hunter Hotel
187 Maitland Road, Mayfield, NSW, 2304
From the organiser...
CJ Stranger brings his full band to Newcastle for show alongside intimate and soulful hunter local Kingsley James.
Buy tickets here: https://stagandhunter.oztix.com.au/outlet/event/8515891a-a189-4622-ab6a-a1ed403276e6
CJ Stranger hones a unique sound and spirit for his new album, Hey Stranger. Describing first single Strange One as a “stream-of-consciousness ramble of a day living in the inner-west,” CJ carves out contemporary Australian music.
Following on from the galloping country of the triple j spun Outlaw and highly satisfying Fool’s Gold, new single and album opener White Lines is yet another brilliant example of how CJ perfectly matches gently simmering music with the raw honesty of reflective coming-of-age lyrics. Channeling an amalgamation of Paul Kelly, Kurt Vile and The Church, White Lines is about new beginnings and unexpected challenges in life, lyrically set against the backdrop of the Australian landscape.
Slinging a small-but-powerful arsenal of instruments, CJ Stranger crafts his distinctive sound using an old weathered resonator, a weird vintage organ, and his beloved purple guitar Frankenstein-ed out of discarded bits and pieces. This array of repurposed musical antiques allows CJ Stranger to sculpt a vivid and honest landscape for his musings.
These days based in the Blue Mountains while regularly Sydney-side, CJ’s 2016 debut album established his prowess as a singer, songwriter and guitar player, but it was a different kind of animal. CJ Stranger is an exaggerated and more nuanced side of Henderson, brought forth by exploring this new artistic persona.
A singer-songwriter through and through, CJ Stranger’s captivating voice, tell-all lyrics and natural feel for finger-picking walk together in perfect synchrony. Creative and honest, Hey Stranger is a rewarding listen that feels comfortingly familiar, yet new and exciting.
After a lifetime of experimenting with music in his childhood bedroom, Maitland singer-songwriter Kingsley James started to share his art with his local community in late 2017.
In that short time, he has become a regular in the music scene across the Hunter, as well as visiting other spots in NSW supporting acts including Tori Forsyth, Johnston City, Runaway Mornings and Novocastrian surf-rock band Dyer Maker.
Kingsley’s dulcet sound marries tones of earthiness with elements of soul, folk and blues – powered by honest and vulnerable lyrics derived from the experiences of his everyday. Inspired by the early sounds of Marvin Gaye and Elvis , Kingsley’s true genre is soul itself, reaching for something more then just the sounds but a feeling of what it brings. His other main influences are Marlon Williams, Father John Misty and of course Fleet Foxes.