MUSIC MAN: James Blundell is sure to draw a crowd at the 2014 Airllie Beach Music Festival this weekend. Photo Contributed
MUSIC MAN: James Blundell is sure to draw a crowd at the 2014 Airllie Beach Music Festival this weekend. Photo Contributed Contributed

Emotions live on stage

AFTER going through divorces, riches to bankruptcy and a run in politics, James Blundell has moved back to the family property near Stanthorpe and returned to music.

His new album shows a more edgy performance, coming from what he describes as a "chequered and colourful" career.

"I reckon it's impossible not to toughen up a bit," Blundell said.

"(Kris) Kristofferson is one of my favourite acts and I've tried to analyse what it is about him as an artist, a writer and a performer that I find so appealing.

"When you listen to Kristofferson there's absolutely no doubt that he knows what he is talking about and that can only come from losing a bit of skin now and then."

Growing up on a cattle and sheep property 30km west of Stanthorpe, he has faced the ups and downs of rural life and is happy to be back home.

Blundell went on to boarding schools in Toowoomba and The Southport School.

"I've watched that whole area grow up. Ipswich has always intrigued me. I think it's a really interesting area."

James Blundell performs at the Ipswich Civic Centre this Saturday.


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