The music scene on Martha’s Vineyard sure does slow down in the offseason, but we find ways to keep busy! Over the winter, I asked some local musicians to record a bit of music and conversation with me at Phil daRosa‘s Oak Bluffs studio – The Print Shop. I also reached out to some local photographers to come by and capture these in-studio interviews. We’re calling the recordings “TPS Sessions” and I hope you enjoy them!
It was a honor to have Jemima James join me in the studio to talk about her 40-year songwriting career and play a few tunes from her latest album, Nothing New. Scroll down a little further for clips from our conversation.
On Nothing New, Jemima has her sons Willy & Sam Mason playing bass and drums respectively. A slew of other island musicians joined in too, including Kate Taylor, Brad Tucker, Wes Nagy, Geordie Gude, Charlie Esposito, and Nina Violet.
Jemima tells me about her music roots:
A bit about the band she recorded her album with:
TONIGHT at Featherstone Center for the Arts, it’s the Jemima James Variety Show with MANY special guests performing outdoors from 6:30 – 8:30pm (kid and pet friendly!).
And be looking forward to a new release from Jemima in the near future…this fall she plans to record another album of some older songs she’s reworked and a few that are completely new.
Hear Nothing New on bandcamp
Jemima on Facebook
photos by Anthony Esposito
audio recorded by Phil daRosa
at The Print Shop, Oak Bluffs
Jemima James, Jess Phaneuf and Phil daRosa
More from TPS Sessions, coming soon!