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J R Harbidge


  1. 1.
    Turn the Screw
  2. 2.
    A Side of You That Cares
  3. 3.
    Feel What I Feel
  4. 4.
    When You Don't Love Your Man
  5. 5.
    I Won't Support Your Wars
First Ray Of Light is James Harbidge’s debut solo album; an accomplished collection of soulful, country-tinged, often-contemplative songs with a strong political undercurrent at times becoming quite overt.
A rocker from the Black Country with strong roots in the Birmingham music scene,while this is his first excursion into the field of Americana music it turns out to be no surprise he sounds so at home in it.
You can only spend a short time with James to appreciate that he’s a music-lifer, with over two decades of playing, writing and producing under his belt. As a teenager he played in Powderfinger (not to be confused with the Australian band of the same name) who featured on 1997’s Heart Of Darkness compilation of West Midlands bands and subsequently attracted the brief attention and funding from Parlophone.
Though it came to nothing it seems in no way to have phased this eternally optimistic and resourceful character, who’s quite prepared to take a punt at something. He seems fully aware that life’s a learning process, and it’s wise to always take as much you can from your experiences.


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