Beacon James (EP)
The trio of lady singers that largely front the up-’n-coming folk-‘n-roll ensemble Beacon James prod, joke, and chuckle with each other on a curiously comfy couch. But make no mistake – Beacon James is no all-girl group. While Jess plays keyboard, Kori plays bass, and Britta plays aux percussion, the ensemble also features Duncan Ninja singer Nels Urtel on vocals, mandolin, and guitar, Tim Mattison on vocals and guitar, UW-Eau Claire Jazz I saxophonist Joe Tierney, and drummer Zach Brawford. Beacon James capture a sound that is imbued with bright and extravagant vocals, and instrumentation beyond a typical folk-rock ensemble. Largely inspired by songwriters Sly & the Family Stone, Nickel Creek, Aretha Franklin, and Dave Matthews Band, they lend themselves to jazz-influenced harmonies and folk pop melodies.