James Blunt - High

James Blunt could potentially become known as a Rice-Gray-Harcourt soundalike because in this day and age of likening acts to others, he is one man with a guitar and will have his work cut out escaping any comparisons to them. But perhaps his story could set him apart.

During a stint in the army, Blunt has been stationed in Kosovo as a NATO Peacekeeper, protected the Queen on horseback and the Queen Mother whilst she lay in state. However, a month after leaving the army, he left the stage at the South by South West Music Conference and five minutes later, Blunt secured a record deal.

Blunt’s style of singing/songwriting is commercial enough to rank him with other acoustic solo luminaries such as the Rice-Gray-Harcourt trinity he’ll have trouble escaping. However, as seen in the single High, his style is somewhat different as the lyrics are less clean cut and sung with a unique indie vocal that overrides a classic acoustic strum. And it is catchy enough for some decent radio play.

He had graced the stages of Glastonbury Festival and Guilfest and has also been a support act for Elton John and is currently supporting Lloyd Cole and The Commotions as well as headlining his own shows.

Sun 13/10 London Metro
Thu 14/10 Manchester Academy (w. LC & C)
Fri 15/ 10 Hammersmith Apollo (w. LC & C)
Wed 20/10 London Water Rats
Wed 27/ 10 London 93 Feet East
Wed 3/ 11 London Bar Academy

www.jamesblunt.co.uk

Overall

6

out of 10

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