Red in Tooth and Claw
This album was recorded during 2011 in the Knysna forest on the south coast of South Africa. It is the debut album of Andrew James & The Steady Tiger. As far as possible, we set out to capture the integrity of our live sound; the elusive dialogue between two musicians in a room - and this is a achieved in a beautiful crafted, honest recording. Released 05 August 2011
Vocals , Guitar, Lap Steel, Banjo, Monochord
James van Minnen “The Steady Tiger”
Drums, Percussion, Vocals
Mandolin on Rushing & Saw on Harder Than my Bones
Ariella Caira Reolon
Vocals on Under The Umbrella
Piano on Conversations with a Cobbler, Rhodes on Swansong & Percussion on Harder Than My Bones
All Songs written by Andrew James
Recorded and engineered by Howard Butcher. at Peace of Eden Studio’s, Knysna. Rushing - Engineered at Sound & Motion by Matt James.
Mixed by Matt James & Mastered by Simon “Fuzzy Ratcliffe at Sound and Motion Studios, Cape Town.Design by Andrew James - Cover Photo by Amor Coetzee ”There are no dancers only the dance” from The Rhythms of Society by Michael D. Young. All music C Andrew James & The Steady Tiger 2011 - This is an independent release.
It took all of two notes for me to announce that I was covering Andrew James. Incredible guitar playing and percussion combined with great catchy tunes and lyrics with a message would be the quick description for this duo from Cape Town, South Africa. Imagine if John Butler, Ray LaMontagne, Ben Harper and Bono decided to start a band…that supergroup would sound a lot like Andrew James.
This entire album is filled with superb musicianship. The songs are all built for the stage where it is obvious a six minute tune can be played out much longer as the duo work their magic.
-- Victor Alfieri - Indie Music Reviewer
“Sliding country-blues grooves and world-aware rhythms are delivered with deceptive simplicity, leaving it sounding raw, yet soulful and subtle.” “The collaboration with drummer James van Minnen is one of two musicians ready to explore a whole range of interesting country-bluesy, earthy folk-funk sounds without it ever feeling cluttered. There are moments on this album that are straight out of the early 70s, with simple/complex grooves like a bass heavy, latter-day John Martyn while others sound more like a laidback John Butler Trio.”
-- Nick Aldridge - Mahala