Before James Apollo packed up and moved to the mean streets of New York City, he got his kicks the Midwestern way. He only recently just left our city in pursuit of bigger and better. Regardless of locale, he’s still a product of the ever-expanding Twin Cities talent pool I speak so fondly of from week to week. Why must all the good ones jump ship, though? Hey, if we’ve got to sacrifice one from time to time, I reckon that New York is a more than worthy contender. His smart, down-tempo, blues infused brand of Americana might be suited for a city like New York, anyway.
Although Apollo traces his roots back to the great state of Kansas (Libertyville, precisely), I’d like to think he spent his better years honing his songwriting skills in Minneapolis. Regardless of the fact that he’s already got three full-length releases to his name, James is only just recently starting to catch wind of the rock and roll lifestyle. His most recent release, Hide Your Heart In A Hive, dropped last May courtesy of Mankato-based label No Alternative Records (which is an off-shoot of Twin Tone Records – how’s that for local cred?). His charm has seemingly traveled far and wide – and across the pond – as both the national and international press have had more than just a few kinds words to throw his way.
After recovering from a serious motorcycle accident, Apollo and his band are back in action with some rescheduled UK tour dates. He sets out for Europe later this month…
The two featured tracks are from the aforementioned most recent release. If you’re so inclined, do a little digging. You’ll find some great older tracks from 2005’s Good Grief as well as his debut, Sweet Unknown.
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Wednesday, November 28th
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