Press release for new album Beyond the Borders! 



Once Again The Alt-Folk Musician Pairs With Fernando Perdomo, Danny Frankel, And Scarlet Rivera To Create Songs That Combine Themes Of Perseverance And New Beginnings (November 18, 2022) 

Los Angeles, September 2022—James Houlahan is a self-proclaimed late bloomer.  “While I started playing guitar at age 13, I wasn’t in a band until I was 25, and I recorded my first album at age 31. That said, I think any artist…

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New album Beyond the Borders out 11/18/22! 

Beyond the Borders, the sixth full-length album from singer/songwriter James Houlahan, will be released on November 18, 2022. Recorded in Los Angeles at Stairway Studios with producer Fernando Perdomo, the album features 12 original songs and a version of Neil Young’s “Powderfinger.” Houlahan and Perdomo were joined in the studio by drummer Danny Frankel (Lou Reed, k.d. lang, Fiona Apple) and Scarlet Rivera (Bob Dylan) on violin. The songs span both the personal and the universal, combining themes of…

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New album! 

New album Ordinary Eye will be released November 20, 2020!

Produced by longtime collaborator Fernando Perdomo, the album was recorded at L.A.'s Reseda Ranch Studios during the weeks leading up to America's Covid-19 quarantine. This context adds new gravity to Houlahan's music, while the A-list studio band—including drummer Danny Frankel (Lou Reed, Fiona Apple, Nels Cline), violinist Scarlet Rivera (Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue) and vocalist Esther Clark—punctuated songs like the Neil Young-inspired "As…

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On tour in CA with Hopi BluesBand! 

In November, I'll be opening for Hopi BluesBand on their tour of California. This will be my first tour where I'm backed by a full band, so I'm very excited about that! Let's rock.


Daniel Johnston, 1961-2019 

(Photo: At the Daniel Johnston mural in Austin, TX on September 29, 2019.)


This past September 11th, Daniel Johnston passed away at the age of 58 at his home in Waller, Texas. He spent a lifetime creating music and art that was entirely his own. In a world clamoring for authenticity, Daniel's work is a glimmering beacon of refuge and beautiful release. He's had a powerful influence on me as a songwriter, and I'd like to try and explain why.

As shown in the 2006 documentary film, The Devil and Daniel…

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Summer Cross-Country Tour! 

I'm embarking on my first cross-country tour this month. Lots of new cities I've never played before. Albuquerque! Boulder! Chicago! And a few places I've not played in years, like New York. All of the show details can be found here.

The journey ends with a hometown show in Somerville, MA on August 1. The great Dan Blakeslee will be sharing the stage with me that night. It will take place at The Center for Arts at the Armory, in the cafe space. This is where I had my last show in Boston before moving to…

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Spring tour! 

I'm hitting the road out West, in April. Full show details here. I hope to see you out there!





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