James Kenyon is rated as one of Australia’s standout songwriters after the release of his album ‘Imagine you are Driving’ in 2016.
Receiving four star reviews in both The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, Timber & Steel calls him ‘Australia’s most underrated songwriter’, while Radio National’s Inside Sleeve said that ‘placing him amongst song-writers such as Paul Kelly and Don Walker is no exaggeration.’
Kenyon’s songs are widescreen portraits of places and people that pulse with the energy of highways and stall in the heat; that focus on the particular to reveal the universal. Kenyon’s music has been described as ‘a burning highway dreamscape of atmospheric energy and composure’, and has won him fans throughout Australia and New Zealand, where he plays music festivals (Swagger, Mullum, Nannup) and tours regularly with Matt Dixon (pedal steel) and Luke Richardson (double bass).
Kenyon has been shortlisted for the Vanda & Young Song Contest, received The Age Stage award and featured in the 2016 Melbourne Festival’s contemporary music program. He has shared the bill with Marlon Williams, Aldous Harding, Slow Dancer, Liz Stringer, Jordie Lane and many others.