James Pace Band’s First Single from ‘The Sierra Madre Sessions’ is “Touch the Sky”
The James Pace Band has been going strong since the early ’90s, hailing from Asbury Park and with just the right amount of heart-pounding guitar-driven rock n’ roll act with plenty of blues, funk, and soul mixed in. They’ve been regulars at The Stone Pony. Then they chose to relocate to the Philadelphia area, working with two-time Grammy-winning L.A. producer and engineer Ted Greenberg, who played drums, engineered, funded and produced the James Pace Band debut EP Kings of Groove, which came out in 2017.
The group has released “Touch the Sky,” the first track from their upcoming album The Sierra Madre Sessions, due out later this year. This first single features James Pace on guitar and vocals, Slash’s Snakepit bassist Johnny Griparic, Walter Trout Band/Edgar Winter drummer Michael Leasure, and Peggy Blu (Bob Dylan) on backup vocals.
The massive guitar chops grab you first. Pace can truly bend the strings. The vocals from Pace and Blu are a pleasant surprise, very solid and melodic, not what you might expect with such power rock. Griparic throws out some fine bass lines throughout the track, and Leasure keeps everyone in the groove. This album should smoke.