ARTS Pick: Joshua James

Joshua James finds musical inspiration in the stories of everyday people and his own existential quest. Image: Courtesy of flickr/buffalojames. Joshua James finds musical inspiration in the stories of everyday people and his own existential quest. Image: Courtesy of flickr/buffalojames.

Higher plains

Nebraska musician Joshua James strums his guitar and lets out the crushing ache in his voice, calling to mind long roads through the expansive Midwest beneath a boundless sky. His folksiness embraces the tradition of the genre, the familiar longing coupled with a unique taste of melancholy, and it is in these blends that James’ vision shines. He captures something divinely mystic, and yet far-removed from folk music’s typical earthiness. James possesses a sound and style so well-honed and mature that it elevates him beyond the need for comparison.

Thursday 3/28 $12, 8pm. The Southern Café and Music Hall, 103 S. First St., Downtown Mall. 977-5590.

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