Over the past 11 years James has firmly established his credentials as one of Australia's leading blues/rock/funk performers, constantly playing at the top of the bill at almost all music and blues festivals throughout Australia and New Zealand. James Southwell was a finalist in the 2014 & 2015 Memphis Blues Challenge. James Southwell commands the stage like few others, with powering riffs and vocals that bite. His music comes from a deep love of the blues with heavy inspirational funk and rock & roll influences. James has been a constant fixture on the Australian music and Blues Scene since 2006 when he hit the ground running with the release of his first Album “Dark Angel” (Produced by Aussie Guitar Legend Kevin Borich) James has played over 2000 shows since the release of his first album "Dark Angel" in 2006 including many festival appearances. When James is not playing the Blues in his own band he plays guitar and tours with Angry Anderson on a regular basis and has also played for Stevie Wright, Kate DeAraugo, Swanee (John Swan), and many others. James’ early influences were Phil Manning, George Harrison, Kevin Borich, and Geoff Achison.