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James Coates is an Americana singer-songwriter from the Pacific Northwest who has spent 15 years connecting with audiences by soulfully delivering carefully-crafted songs with personal lyrics and retro instrumentation influenced by country, rock and soul.
Coates has toured nationally, opening for artists like Sheryl Crow, headlining Nashville's famed Bluebird Cafe and receiving airplay on KEXP along the way. James's latest set of singles have been playlisted numerous times and received regional radio airplay and international press.
James's band includes guitar, keys, bass, drums, saxophone and trumpet, creating a sonic tapestry that feels both classic and modern.
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"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."
"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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