Tall, Tall Tales

by Nicholas James and the Bandwagon

Released 2016
Earthwork Music
Released 2016
Earthwork Music
With tales about the open road, the temperate midwest weather, love, loss and surviving on the kindness of strangers, this is the music you want at your backyard BBQ or around your campfire on a Saturday Night.
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THE BAND: Nicholas James & The Bandwagon
THE MUSIC: A mix of country, folk and rock

As Nicholas James Thomasma perceptively points out, Americana is a “really loose term” that can include everything from country to folk to rock – all styles embraced by Nicholas James & The Bandwagon. So nothing perhaps describes the band’s music better than “hippy-tonk,” a term coined by Bandwagon pedal steel guitarist Pete Weatherhead. With the Grand Rapids band ready to uncork …
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Saturday Night

by Nicholas James and the Bandwagon

Released 2011
Nicholas James Thomasma
Released 2011
Nicholas James Thomasma
Folk songs drenched in honesty and authenticity served on a warm bed of classic country.
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Bio:

I was born on top of a hill and raised near the apple orchards just west of Grand Rapids, MI. I was singing in the choir before I was old enough to go to school. I began writing songs in elementary school. Around that same time I told my parents that I was gonna be a rapper, to which my dad replied "If you want to be a performer, perform every chance you get." …
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Long Story Short EP

by Nicholas James Thomasma

Released 2014
Released 2014
Vocally driven acoustic folk, accompanied by violin and cello.
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Long Story Short is an intimate portrait of lost love and rejection, the inevitable acceptance of that, and the eventual redemption of finding true love. It's only 5 songs and just over 20 minutes, but it's a long story. The album was recorded by Justin VanHaven and the arrangements are as sparse as possible. The songs are either piano or acoustic guitar with some violin by Clouds and cello by Russell Gorton. It took nearly 2 years to …
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Barefoot

by Nicholas James Thomasma

Released 2011
Released 2011
Like the weary folk singer just past the darkness on it's cover, this album moves from folk to bluegrass to country with ease, held together by a stunningly honest and powerful voice.
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"Singer-songwriter Nicholas James Thomasma is a Grand Rapids native and a Michigander to the core. He even has the Great Lakes tattooed on his arm and professes real love for the region in earthy, country-imbued songs drenched in honesty and authenticity. Thomasma also happens to be a supremely talented singer. . ." - John Sinkevics, The Grand Rapids Press

"Nicholas James Thomasma, aka Nicholas James, is one of West Michigan's rising singer-songwriter stars." - John Sinkevics, The …
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