Stormclouds In Heaven, the sixth album from James “Slim” Hand, will be available on October 22, 2014. The lead single “Why Oh Why” was released September 16th and is now available everywhere music is sold.
Arguably the most authentic voice in country music today, James Hand is back with an inspirational, patriotic, and heartfelt collection of original tunes blending that great southern gospel sound with some country bluegrass for an album that fits in as well at the honky tonk as it does in a Sunday morning service.
Joined by Cindy Cashdollar on steel guitar, Speedy Sparks on electric bass, Kevin Smith on stand-up bass, Jason Roberts on fiddle, and Floyd Domino and Earl Poole Ball on piano, Hand and the band are already getting picked up by country gospel music blogs across the web. Joshua Wallace of Psycho Ramblin’ Country says, “I highly recommend this album if you’re looking for a great country gospel record. They are rare these days and I cannot tell you the last time I heard this many original gospel tunes in one place.”
James Hand began his journey through music at the age of 12 playing local roadhouses with his first band. Four decades and an abundance of experiences later, James has been noticed by the likes of Willie Nelson, Ray Benson, and Ray Price. Since 2006, Mr. Hand has appeared on the radio, performed at the Grand Ole Opry, was featured on NPR’s Fresh Air, has toured the globe, and has performed at a pile of Willie’s picnics.
Stormclouds In Heaven is honest, old-fashioned, simple, and packed deep with emotion. If you’ve been searching for that classic country sound in the spirit of Hank Williams, Lefty Frizell, or Ernest Tubb, James hand’s new album is ready for your collection.
In the words of Stephen W. Terrell, “few singers around today capture the struggle between faith and hopelessness, fear and salvation as well as James Hand. In the post-Johnny Cash era, it’s hard to find country gospel this powerful”.