AOTM February 2012 – Shayfer James
Based in Cranford, New Jersey, USA, Shayfer James can be described pointedly as a myth in wolf’s clothing. Referred to by his rapidly growing group of followers as The Villain King of New Jersey’s underground noirpop music scene, Mr. James is devilishly captivating and deliciously unusual.
When Shayfer James approaches the piano, there is a certain power and mischievous charm that surrounds him. A bewitching sense of foreboding builds as his fingers touch the piano, and as he begins to sing, we are immersed in his darkly lyrical and evocative stories. His wry poetry is stitched seamlessly to peculiar arrangements that are simultaneously unsettling and familiar. Mr. James lures us into a devious world where the gods tear wings from angels and every man has a siren waiting to devour him.
He’s also a thoroughly entertaining and charming man, as I can testify having spent a pleasant afternoon with him and his band in New York. (This had no influence over Ruth’s choice which was entirely independent.)
This month’s reviewer is … Ruth Goldsmith (Telephone Account Manager, Adnams, Southwold)
If you’ve been thrilled to discover Adnams available on draft in a pub outside of East Anglia, then you may well have Ruth to thank.
Her role is to spread the word about Adnams to the licenced trade way beyond the Suffolk border.
Ruth is a keen folk musician as she describes in the AOTM feature.
Hear the extended interview in which Ruth talks about her passionate interest in folk music and dance as well as the local’s name for the Lord Nelson in Southwold, where we met up.