On this page you will find links to where you can purchase recordings by James R. Newell.  James' most recent release is The Songs of Hafiz, a collection of nine of James' adaptations of poems by the 14th century Persian poet, Hafiz of Shiraz.  Also available is a collection of original, acoustic blues songs called The Blues is My Business, and a recording of Luther "Georgia Boy" "Shaky Snake" Johnson entitled Get Down to the Nitty Gritty, on which James plays drums.

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The Songs of Hafiz

Blue Sadhana presents a unique collection of songs in the World/Folk style, featuring talented singer songwriter James R. Newell. James has skillfully adapted the lyric poetry of 14th century Persian Sufi Poet Hafiz of Shiraz to American folk music idioms. He has created an eclectic blend of world and folk melodies which effectively make available the classic beauty of Hafiz's lyrics to the modern, English speaking listener. In particular, his feel for American blues music evokes the ambiance of the traditional Sufi tavern, adding a sense of mystery to the classic Persian themes of lover and beloved, the wine of Divine intoxication, and the torturous path of love.

The Blues is My Business

Blue Sadhana presents a collection of ten original acoustic blues songs performed by James R. Newell. Songs include: The Blues is My Business; The Death of Robert Johnson; Messin' With the Wrong Fool; Cold Chill; and That's just the Way I Do.

Get Down to the Nitty Gritty

Early 1970's recording of former Muddy Waters guitarist Luther "Georgia Boy" "Shaky Snake" Johnson, live on WCMF radio in Rochester, New York.  The recording features Tony Cagnina on harmonica, "Frisco" on guitar, and James R. Newell on Drums.  Songs include: Lonesome in My Bedroom; Get Down to the Nitty Gritty; Don't Start Me Talkin'; Take It off Him and Put It on Me; You Don't Have to Go; and more.. 



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