James Talley

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Folk
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

9 November 1943, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. The US folk/country singer James Talley was raised in New Mexico and his 1993 album, The Road To Torreon, is a project about poverty in the area. It is typical of Talley’s work, which makes a serious examination of his immediate environment. His debut album, 1975’s Got No Bread... , was self-produced and self-financed, and had a spoken intimacy about it as well as a feel for country sounds. His second was more upbeat and included his well-known ‘Are They Going To Make Us Outlaws Again’. His best-known album, Blackjack Choir, includes a guest appearance from B.B. King, who recorded ‘Bluesman’, and ‘When The Fiddler Packs His Case’. After being dropped by Capitol Records, Talley gave up working as a full-time musician to earn a living as a realtor in Nashville. The German label, Bear Family Records, has reissued his albums through his own Cimarron label, and provided an outlet for sporadic...

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