On a video on his website, Nigerian-born Austin-based songwriter Kalu James and a few of his band mates offer some insight into the making of James’ latest project, the double album The Offering: Flesh and Bone.
There are, of course, the immediately obvious differences between the two albums; the recently released Flesh kicks things up a notch with a more vigorous, steadfast electric-based side of James’ unique blend of rock, soul, blues and African folk, while the forthcoming Bone comes from a more acoustic angle. But for James, there is a tremendous amount of passion – and compassion – that goes into his creative process. Making music has simultaneously been a release of emotion, and a connection to the people he shares his music with.
Kalu James is starting a December residency tonight at The Continental Club Gallery, 1315 S. Congress Ave., upstairs above the main venue. His set begins at 10:30 p.m. You will be moved. Recommended.