Third Culture Kid

by Jack James

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    releases October 9, 2017

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Red Rover
Every Time I Fall I Miss The Ground
Frida Kahlo
Time of Death is Unknown
Gift Horse's Teeth
Hidden Rose
Dog Sits Nice
Sean Grady
The Root Cause
I Have Walked Straight Into
Oh No, Not This Again...


Webster’s dictionary defines “music” as “the science or art of ordering tones or sounds in succession, in combination, and in temporal relationships to produce a composition having unity and continuity”. And boy-howdy does Jack James enjoy making that there “music”.

Third Culture Kid is James’ 7th album in 8 years, continuing a harder rocking folk sound that began on “Letters of Last Resort” while taking his songwriting in new and unexpected paths. This includes intermittently ditching the whole folk part, with a result that walks a fine line between Elliott Smith’s XO album and Silver Jews’ Tanglewood Numbers.

The creative evolution on this album is all over the writing rather than merely the instruments used. The previously defined “temporal relationships” between the “tones” is played with a lot. Guitars are given long bridge sections to build organically. Gift Horse's Teeth hints at a backing band for minutes before feinting. Sean Grady feels like the most immediately catchy single, with a hook & guitar sound straight out of the Billy Corgan playbook.

Third Culture Kid is a term for someone raised in an environment which is very different to their parent’s environment. Wikipedia lists Barack Obama as the first example and only example I’ve ever heard of. So I guess, in many ways, that makes Jack James the Obama of folk music.

But who is Jack James?

Webster’s dictionary defines “Jack James” as “The word you've entered isn't in the dictionary. Did you mean "Jackhammer"?

Urgh, thanks Obama.


Released: 9th October 2017
Location: Glasgow, Scotland

All songs written and recorded by Jack James

Jack James – Vocals, instruments
Gavin Crawford – Drums


“From Neil Young... by way of Bonnie "Prince" Billy, to Arab Strap, without the charming vulgarity.” - The Herald

"Sounding more like a Scottish Leonard Cohen than ever" - Scots Whay Hae

"Jack James may be doomed" - The List


releases October 9, 2017




Jack James Glasgow

Rangy songwriter.

“From Neil Young... by way of Bonnie "Prince" Billy, to Arab Strap, without the charming vulgarity”
-The Herald

"Sounding more like a Scottish Leonard Cohen than ever"
-Scots Whay Hae

"Jack James may be doomed"
-The List
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Track Name: Love the Core
Far alone
Run away from home
And you say you want more
But you love the core

On the train from New York
Just shy of Chicago
Left at the fork
Drop down the floor

Stare for yards
Thousand as times as far
And his chest weighs him down
A long coat to drown

Why don't they get back
From your dad's heart attack
While the night is young
Let's tie both our tongues