For new fans, Kalu James has been the recently discovered gem they didn’t know about in the Live Music Capital. But of course, those in the know recall the Nigerian-born songwriter’s long-running residency with guitarist JT Holt at The Continental Club, where James cut his chops and embraced his love for a number of influences who shaped his soulful style. The two musicians connected when James relocated from Africa at the ripe old age of 18.
Cut to current times, and you’ll find drummer and percussionist extraordinaire John Speice rounding out the grooves in this well-fitted outfit, and a brand new album to prove it. Time Undone unfolds a realm of positivity in the midst troubled, shaky times, using James’ vocals to rise above the turmoil.
You need to experience it live. Kalu and The Electric Joint celebrate the release of Time Undone with their show tonight at the Mohawk, 912 Red River. Special guest Erika Wennerstrom (Heartless Bastards) opens the show with a fantastic solo set. Doors at 9 p.m. This is one of those double-barreled bills with two vocalists who will shake you to the core. Very recommended.
-Photography by Lynda Gonzalez for KUTX.