In November 2014, I packed up my guitar, waved goodbye to London town, and moved across the ocean to Nashville, Tennessee, without knowing a soul.
It’s been one helluva journey, and I’ve been really lucky to attract the attention of some fantastic producers and work with some awesome musicians whilst I’ve been here.
I’ve started work making my first full-length studio album, which I’m hugely excited about. I’ve personally funded this all so far, but now I need your help to complete this album and get back into the studio!
I’m excited to be able to involve Pledgers in the creation of this album through a whole bunch of experiences (see below) and I can’t wait to share this album with you.
After we’ve reached our goal, 25% of all donations received will go to Heart ‘n’ Soul, an amazing arts & learning disability charity which I used to work for.
Debut Album Recorded in Nashville!
Help James Riley record his debut album by pre-ordering it here! Plus loads of cool additions to get you involved...
Personal invite and a +1 to one of two beautifully curated, intimate concerts in London or Nashville. The show is for Pledgers only, and will include premiers of never before played songs. The UK show will happen around September 2015, and the Nashville show around October 2015. Wine and snacks provided!
Come spend some time at the studio in Hermitage, TN where me and my producers will be finishing the album. See all the magic of making this record happen before your eyes. (Studio time is TBD, but will likely occur in the Winter of ’15/’16”. Travel costs not included)
I will show up at your party, festival, bar mitzfah or baby shower, and treat everyone to a rowdy rendition/lesson in archaic 17th Century English drinking songs! From the famous cumulative “Barley Mow” (the song that gets longer with every verse, and pint) to the tongue-twisting “Fye Nay Prithee, John”, I’ll make sure that a fine time is had by all, and that everyone can keep up, visual aids included. (Additional transportation and accommodation costs will apply if located 50 miles outside of Nashville or London. Booze not included, sadly).
I will be your knowledgeable and perhaps a little too enthusiastic host as we kick it on Lower Broadway in Nashville, Tennessee. I’ll take you out, buy you drinks, get you loaded, have a great time and dance the night away with you, and even give you a place to crash afterwards. (Travel to Nashville not included).
I will use my ample experience as a busker and street performer to guide you through a day busking on the street in a location of your choice. No matter whether you sing, play an instrument, read poetry, or just want to hang out and watch, I’ll be your partner in (legal) crime and your buddy throughout an incredible day. First timers especially encouraged. And you keep all the donations!
Additional transportation and accommodation costs will apply if located 50 miles outside of Nashville or London.
I will work with you to curate a time and a place where I can basically appear out of nowhere and serenade someone you care about… at work, on the tube, disguised as a pizza delivery man… and I’ll sing a song or songs of your choice. We’ll work together to make sure it’s really special.
(Additional transportation and accommodation costs may apply if located more than 50 miles outside of Nashville or London)
I will be your personal guide in a day of hitchiking around the UK. You choose the destination, I’ll make the signs, and together we’ll embark on a journey across the country. I will also document the experience on camera for posterity, and write you a song about the whole experience. Due to the nature of hitchiking, I can’t guarantee that we’ll get where we’re going, but I can guarantee that it will be an awesome adventure. Get your thumbs primed!
I will bring a full band and perform a house concert in your home for you and whomever you like…. you can even charge on the door if you like!
(Additional transportation and accommodation costs may apply if located 50+ miles outside of Nashville or London.)