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James Coates grew up in a small town, and that sense of community is reflected by the sonic tapestry, like tight rhythm sections and brassy horns, that make up his latest release One Last Ride. The album was celebrated with a headlining performance at the Triple Door in Seattle and was supported by a slew of festival and club dates throughout Washington and Oregon.

In the past, Coates has toured nationally, opened for artists like Sheryl Crow, headlined at Nashville's Bluebird Café, received airplay on KEXP and been featured in Seattle Weekly. On stage, him and his band connect with inspiring original songs and entertain with a slew of surprising, unexpected covers. The band are currently booking for 2024.

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"Somebody Again," James's latest single


"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 earnest vocals combining to great effect." -Various Small Flames

"With so much power and talent, James Coates is one to watch."
-Music Mix Daily

"There's something really earthy, almost spiritual here. Old-time wisdom and classic Southern rock-meets-pop elements." -Alt77

"A raspy, lush, strong voice, capable of incredible range."
-American Standard Time

"If Bob Dylan and Neil Young 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."


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