The Wandering Soul
James VanDeuson is a traveling Singer/Songwriter from the foothills of Central New York. While driving with his partner in a retrofitted camper van, James writes folk songs that speak directly to the trials of the human condition. In his most recent work, James responds to the current political climate, both socially and through the creation of his newest album set to release mid-2021. Not yet titled.
James is planning to go back on tour as soon as it is safe for his fans and soon to be fans. While speaking on the topic of the pandemic and its effect on “up and coming” musicians, James stated,
“I feel deeply for the folks who have lost a friend. I hope we can all pull through this in any way we can manage. If it weren’t for the support of many of our own followers, we would be in a much worse spot. I know when we get back out there we will land close to where we left off.”
When asked about the notable venues closing he responded,
“I just hope the links in the industry ladder still exist when we try again. If not, we will still be out there, finding a new avenue up.”
Other: In 2018 James released his debut album, "Dilation" recorded at Another Recording Company in Omaha, NE. in doing so James is now on the list of ever-popular musicians including: Jason Mraz, Conor Oberst, Phoebe Bridgers, The First Aid Kit and many more who have had the opportunity to work with ARC. The album is now available on every format, including vinyl.
A Fresh Start
"Getting a new start is refreshing to say the least," James stated. "Although the task is daunting, it's almost like selling your things before the move. You look around and realize you have nothing left. There is no job, no couch, no bed, and for some reason, you feel liberated. Everything you worked for prior to that moment, now has new meaning. You only have your experiences and memories to draw from. I'm not too worried yet; I'm pretty certain at this point that I was born to do this."
"It’s hard trying to figure out how you want to spend the time that you have here. I want to share the feeling I get when I play these songs with everyone that wants to hear. For me, it’s important to give people small moments of joy through the medium that has always brought me to that same state of mind."
"Most recently, I’m building on the success of my new album. Still in motion, I’m recording and writing every day, preparing for the next chapter."
"2021 is all about legitimizing what I’m doing enough to get more people involved in this journey. I want to write more, read more and use the things I’ve learned to share more music with a greater number of people. I want people to use this music. I want to encourage them to break away from the normal societal platform, even if it can only be for a few hours."