Grammy-nominated songwriter/artist James House, finally, will release fresh music, with the April 29 unveiling of "Broken Glass Twisted Steel" on the Victor House Records label.
House's forthcoming CD is his first new country album in more than a decade. A well-respected tunesmith who's penned a number of chart-topping hits, including “Ain’t That Lonely Yet” (Dwight Yoakam), “A Broken Wing” (Martina McBride) and “In A Week Or Two” (Diamond Rio), as well as his own charting releases, House's freshman single from the new CD is “Every Time It Rains.”
Per an April 18 missive from House's PR camp, his new album, which will be available both digitally and in record stores, "is the result of one of those ‘truth is stranger than fiction’ stories that occur every now and again in the music business."
For House, it was an unexpected boon. It seems a choreographer in the U.K., Yvonne Anderson, recently came across his mid-90’s hit titled “This Is Me Missing You,” created a line dance to it, and suddenly House had a new-found celebrity in the U.K. That dance was followed by two more, fueling a demand for more James House music.
“I’d been toying with the idea of putting together a 'Greatest Hits CD,' but then I started getting calls from the editor of a magazine in England called 'Up Country,' telling me that my music was having a resurgence over there," House shared via an April 18 correspondence. "That’s all I needed to go back into the studio. I’d written some new songs I wanted to record, so I thought, why not?”
According to early reports, the new disc is precisely what House fans have longed for; namely, well- crafted songs that reflect both the artist’s California roots and cool-country influences. House, who's been honored with four BMI Million-Air Awards, signifying songs that have been played more than a million times on radio, has recorded his own versions of the aforementioned hits, as well giving audiophiles an opportunity to hear them in their truest form.
“I feel like I’ve put together a collection of new songs that reflects where I am now and that fans of the country music that was being released back when I was recording in the '90s will like—the Mavericks, Dwight Yoakam, Emmylou Harris, the Bakersfield sound—that feel," he shared.
Moreover, he added, "I’m really hoping that what started last year in the U.K. will carry over into the U.S. Thanks to that one dance, I now have a 16-city summer tour of the U.K. and a new album on its way.”
- Media bonus: To sample this Examiner's favorite House track, "Oh What A Thrill," click here. And to view House's "Little By Little" video, simply access the link embedded with this post.