James Coates has used deeply-personal songs to connect with audiences across the Northwest for the past 15 years. His soulful brand of Americana blends genres to create a sound that harkens back to the golden age of '60s and '70s songwriting.
Seattle Weekly has compared him to artists like Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. He's headlined Nashville's famous Bluebird Cafe, opened for national acts like Sheryl Crow and received airplay on stations like radio powerhouse KEXP 90.3 FM.
Following his positively-reviewed 2020 album One Last Ride, Coates offers up "Make Peace," a new single that asks listeners to "make peace with your neighbors down the road, and give love to everyone you know.
"Make Peace" is available everywhere now.
"Coates sounds like Bob Dylan would if Dylan could actually sing,
while lyrically he veers closer to Springsteen territory."
— Seattle Weekly
"One of the most promising singer/songwriters in the South Sound."
— Weekly Volcano
"There's an authenticity which we admire, the warmth of the sound
and the earnest vocals combining to great effect."
— Various Small Flames
"With so much power and talent, James Coates is one to watch for."
— Music Mix Daily
"There's something really earthy, almost spiritual here. Old-time wisdom
and classic Southern rock-meets-pop elements."
"A raspy, lush, strong voice, capable of incredible range."
— American Standard Time
"If Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Ryan Adams took the best parts of their talents
and created a musical creature, we would call him James Coates."
— Inside Right Wrist
"A big, confident blend of classic country and folk-rock, made with a ton of passion."
— We All Want Someone to Shout For
"Heartfelt and folksy."
— Seattle Music News
"There is much more to James Coates than his magnificent, raspy voice and deep,
honest lyrics. What stands out most is his passion and dedication to his craft."
— The Pierce Pioneer
"Raw, powerful emotion. As real and genuine as it gets."
"Channeling country/rock roots, Coates has also incorporated
sounds of late '60s and early '70s folk."
— Seattle Music Insider