Here they are three videos of james' performance at the David Lynch Foundation last week end.
First he obviously lacks confidence,and doesn't interact with the audience, manely I'm sure because of his shyness,but after a few more shows he'll be ok.
I personaly love the first song Angel,Fallen Angel is good,the third Denial well it just didn't tick.
He has a great voice different from his father's, witch is a good thing.He switches between instruments as he played guitar and piano,I'm impressed really
What do you think?
Gershwin Prize goes to McCartney
PRIZE WINNER: Paul McCartney will come to D.C. next spring to accept the Gershwin prize.
By Chris Richards
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, November 16, 2009
Paul McCartney played his first U.S. gig with the Beatles in Washington more than four decades ago. Reflecting on that fact at FedEx Field in August, the 67-year-old smiled and told the crowd, "We've got bigger amps now!"
Hopefully he has a bigger mantle, too: Monday, the Library of Congress will announce McCartney as its third recipient of the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
McCartney is scheduled to return to Washington and accept the award in spring 2010, but many details are fuzzy. The library has promised an all-star tribute concert featuring the former Beatle, but the all-stars have not yet been named. Neither has a venue. The White House hosted the ceremony earlier this year, but the location of next spring's event is under wraps.
Here's what we do know: Macca rules.
"It's hard to think of another performer and composer who has had a more indelible and transformative effect on popular song and music of several different genres than Paul McCartney," James H. Billington, librarian of Congress, said in a statement.
Billington selected McCartney for the prize, which commemorates brothers George and Ira Gershwin, the iconic songwriting duo whose manuscripts are maintained by the Library of Congress.
"As a great admirer of the Gershwins' songs, I am highly honored to be given the Gershwin Prize by such a great institution as the Library of Congress," McCartney said in a statement.
McCartney will be the third songwriter to receive the honor; Paul Simon received the inaugural award in May 2007 and Stevie Wonder was celebrated in February 2009.
Both artists donated works to the library: Simon offered the original manuscript containing lyrics to his beloved song "Graceland," while Wonder was commissioned to write a sprawling composition called "Sketches of a Life." McCartney's contribution has not yet been confirmed.
The announcement comes when Beatlemania is on the rebound. A digitally remastered version of the band's entire discography was released in September alongside the video game "The Beatles: Rock Band" -- both of which are expected to enjoy a considerable uptick in sales before Christmas.
McCartney is also fresh from an acclaimed summer tour of the United States and is preparing for a similar lap around Europe in December.
Accolades and honors are nothing new for Sir Paul. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1997 and owns so many Grammys, he could use them as doorstops.
The Gershwin Prize will honor McCartney for a lifetime of work that spans from his time with the Beatles to Wings to his solo work today. Born in Liverpool, England, in 1942, McCartney wrote his first song at the age of 14.
James made his U.S. debut, performing November 14, 2009 at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, during the Fourth Annual David Lynch Weekend for World Peace and Meditation in Fairfield, Iowa. and guess what the rviews are good, very good indeed, here are two articles
REVIEW: McCartney wins over Fairfield audience in U.S. debut concert
Posted on Nov 15, 2009 by Diana Nollen.
By Diana Nollen
It can’t be easy to be a Beatles baby. How are you supposed to carve your musical niche when you look and sound so much like your dad?
Shave your head, for starters.
Even without hair, James McCartney is still the spitting image of his famous father. It’s those eyes. And those glorious tenor pipes.
The younger McCartney, 32, made his U.S. concert debut Saturday night, playing back-to-back sold-out concerts at the Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Fairfield.
The evening was a triple treat for audience members, who showered the artists multiple standing ovations throughout. McCartney and his bandmates opened the show with 40 minutes of blistering rock ’n’ roll, followed by Pleasantville native turned New York blues belter Laura Dawn and The Little Death.
Sixties folk icon Donovan wrapped up the show with his timeless hits, including “Hurdy Gurdy Man,” “Season of the Witch,” “Colours,” “Lalena” and “Riki Tiki Tavi,” calling all the performers back onstage for “Mellow Yellow.”
The eclectic event was part of the fourth annual David Lynch “Change Begins Within” Weekend at Maharishi University. Lynch, filmmaker and director of “The Elephant Man,” “Blue Velvet,” “Mulholland Drive” and “Twin Peaks,” stepped into the spotlight to welcome the audience and introduce the musicians.
While all the bands were terrific, I was most interested in hearing McCartney and company. OK, and secretly hoping his dad would be in the audience or watching from the wings. (If he was, I didn’t see him.)
Besides genetic blessings, the young McCartney has the material to make a name for himself. He just needs to find a little more confidence to allow himself to relax and connect with his listeners. He introduced each song by title, and thanked the audience sincerely, but he often began his songs by turning his back to the audience and looking at his bass player. And most of his songs just ended abruptly or with a sigh.
His material, written over 10 years is in the final stages of being turned into CD, deals with themes of social consciousness, friendship and spirituality. Some are ballads, some have a punk edge, others have a Middle Eastern flair and most just showcase a good, solid rock edge.
He has a knack for thoughtful, careful lyrics, sung in a crystal-clear tone, and he’s equally adept at guitar and keyboards.
With a little more experience and exposure, he could easily have a more lustrous career than Sean or Julian Lennon.
Worth a trip to Iowa, Sondheim theater
Audience goes wild for James McCartney.
By BOB SAAR
for The Hawk Eye
Rocker James McCartney played his U.S. debut last night at Fairfield's new Sondheim Center. The two shows were part of the David Lynch Foundation's fourth annual "Change Begins Within" weekend at Maharishi University.
McCartney, son of Beatle Paul, opened a three-ring musical circus that included Iowan Laura Dawn and folk legend Donovan.
"It's very different having a famous father," film director Lynch quipped when introducing McCartney. "My father was Elvis Presley."
The audience, heavily weighted with aging '60s boomers, went wild when the 32-year-old singer/guitarist walked on stage with Light, his band.
The four-piece slammed right into their first number as a video crew taped the show for the DLF Web site.
McCartney's' music was racy and frenetic, and the 400-plus seat Sondheim has well-designed acoustics that allowed the amps-on-stage rock band to deliver without overwhelming.
James looks a bit like Paul with a shaved head. Ah, those eyes. He is not left-handed, and he played a Fender Stratocaster given to him by Carl Perkins.
His voice was high and clear like his father's, but at times, he sounded more like John Lennon when roughing things up.
"James has a way with melody and a set of pipes which are more than a match for his dad's," Lynch said.
His songwriting style has eerie nuances of the Beatles. "Spirit Guides," featuring McCartney on piano, bore a haunting resemblance to "Lady Madonna."
Every song charged ahead with strange melodies flavored with grunge, perhaps like Nirvana covering side two of Abbey Road, backed by the Ramones.
McCartney was stoic, mumbling only song titles between songs.
Laura Dawn and her New York blues-rock band Little Death came out blazing away and had the audience on its feet and dancing before their first song was 12 bars deep.
Dawn, a native of Pleasantville, is a stunning vocalist at the wheel of a powerhouse. She's somewhat like Janice Joplin before the booze and cigarettes, or perhaps Martina McBride after a night of heavy pubcrawling.
Little Death and their sweetly trashed-out backup duo -- the Death Threats -- blasted the audience into happy submission, a road-and-bar band with a refined stage presence.
1960s legend Donovan closed the show with a set of hits, from "Catch the Wind" to "Sunshine Superman," delivered in his trademark quavering voice. Donovan, along with the Beatles and the Beach Boys, brought Transcendental Meditation out of India into Western thought, which ultimately brought Fairfield to the forefront of the practice.
Little Death and the redressed and fully sequined Death Threats backed the folksinger for most of his set. The finale featured the entire cast, including McCartney, singing "Mellow Yellow" with Donovan and the crowd.
After the show, someone asked McCartney if he enjoyed playing in Iowa.
"Yeah, yeah, yeah," the taciturn singer said. "Definitely."