James Michael Rodgers’ encyclopedic knowledge combines roots culture and pop culture, and the collision of the two provides him with the guile to carve his own authentic path through the world. His powerful voice and eclectic, pulsing rhythms create a cathartic and enchanting universe of his own with swirling currents of light and darkness.
Thanks to his touring, he has built up a fanbase in Germany, Scotland, Italy, Switzerland, and further afield, both through independent tours and by supporting notable artists such as his platinum-selling friend Gerry Cinnamon, Nathaniel Rateliff, John Moreland and The Gardener & The Tree. His last singles were played on the likes of BBC Radio Scotland, RBB Radio Fritz and he has appeared on Scottish national television with his live band.
His influences are a firmly classic selection of beatniks, bards and revivalists of the last sixty years: giants like Van Morrison, John Martyn, Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan. Modern comparisons include alt-folk figureheads like Bright Eyes, Phoebe Bridgers, Glen Hansard and Jeff Buckley.
Rodgers hails from a small seaside town on the west coast of Scotland called Saltcoats. He lives in Berlin at the cockpit of the thriving acoustic music community, where he drives two bustling stages every week at Neulich Sessions and Space Sessions.