Grammy Nominated Recording Artist, Vinnie James, to Appear at the Baja Cantina

BY JOSE PICARO

He's been called a cross between Joe Cocker and Marvin Gaye. He's been referred to as: "The black Bob Dylan." As a performer, he’s been compared to the likes of Otis Redding, Graham Parker, and Richie Havens. He's fondly regarded by scores of songwriters, musicians, concert goers and music journalists, and today the Baja Cantina is proud to announce that recording artist Vinnie James will be spending time in Cabo and stopping by every Tuesday and Friday at 7:30  p.m. to perform a live acoustic set.

In addition to Vinnie’s own songs, he’ll be sharing from his impressive repertoire of cover songs, which includes hours of classics by The Eagles, America, Bob Dylan, Michael Martin Murphy, Little River Band, John Prine, Dobie Gray, The Band, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Bob Seger, Gordon Lightfoot, Allman Brothers, Jackson Browne, CCR, the Rolling Stones, and many more classic artists from the 60s and early 70s, performed in a way that pays deep respect to those artists and their fans (of which Vinnie himself is one). You can also expect special surprise guests to be dropping by during the Friday night performances.

You may recognize the name of Alaska resident Vinnie James from the song he penned for the hit Discovery Channel show: “The Deadliest Catch”. Vinnie wrote and performed the song “Always a Rebel” for the show, a song which has since become the anthem for Alaska’s Bering Sea fishermen.

Vinnie has been hailed by music critics as one of the most insightful singer-songwriters of modern folk and Americana music, having already received widespread critical acclaim and a Grammy Nomination for his ground-breaking 1991 debut album, "All American Boy (RCA/BMG). He has also been featured in publications such as: Rolling Stone, Playboy, Music Magazine, The L.A. Times and the Washington Post to name a few.

Vinnie is a seasoned street performer, but he has also shared the stage and toured with artists such as Sade, Tina Turner, STYX, Carole King, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, and many others. He has performed in some of the most prestigious venues in the world, such as: La Cigale in Paris, France; The Budweiser Stage, formerly the Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto, Canada; The Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles; and the World Amphitheater in Chicago and many, many venues around in the U.S. and around the world.

A soloist in the Baptist church choir at the age of 8, and nurtured on songs such as: “Oh Happy Day,” and “Jesus, Lover Of My Soul,” Vinnie (whose father is a Baptist minister) developed an earthy, raw, dusky vocal style, and a vocal delivery that is often reminiscent of his father's pulpit preaching style.

Mike Boehm, music journalist for the L.A. Times, describes Vinnie’s voice as: "a husky, soul-tinged voice ..." that, "... bristles with vigor, alarm and a prophet's conviction ..." And in another L.A. Times article, Boehmm describes Vinnie as being: "Full of fire and in your face passion."

Described as "a master wordsmith," by Maxine Jewett, President of the Southwest Acoustic Music Association, Vinnie James pens songs that take you from deeply moving, folk ballads, to powerful, full-blown foot stompers; all laced with Vinnie's soulful vocals and his signature "acoustic jackhammer" style of acoustic guitar playing.

Jim McKenna, who heads the Glasgow Festival of Song Writing in Glasgow, Scotland, calls Vinnie James, an "astonishing songwriter," and Gil Griffin of the Washington Post, says of Vinnie James, "... his writing exhibits a developed, analytical (and self- analytical) maturity." Cary Darling of the Orange County Register adds that Vinnie's music, "has a folk edge and fits squarely in the singer-songwriter tradition of Graham Parker, Elvis Costello and John Hiatt."

Come enjoy great performances in the intimate, laid-back setting of the Baja Cantina with an artist who makes his audience feel like good friends gathered in the comfort of a well-lived-in home by the sea.

But, plan to come early. Booking a reservation for the performances is highly recommended as Vinnie has a huge fan base and limited space is available. Baja Cantina has been a locate favorite for many years, but for those of you that don’t know, it is located on the Cabo San Lucas Marina, waterside of the Tesoro hotel. For reservations phone +52 624 121 4276.