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James Curley introducing new band, album at Wire

Published: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 3:22 p.m. CST

BERWYN – James Curley & The Next Little Thing will perform and celebrate the release of the band's new album, "There used to be a Train," at 7:30 p.m. June 15, at Wire, 6815 W. Roosevelt Road.

Curley's new band features George F. Callobre, Melanie Budd, Ross Rutherford and Ben Lansing.

The Chicago songwriter said his aesthetic life is densely populated with songwriters.

“I see and hear the world through them, and they have informed my emotional and artistic life since I first heard 'Moon River' at the age of 5 and asked 'who wrote that?'" Curley said.

Curley began writing songs in the mid '70s in his native Philadelphia, influenced mainly by his trips to the Philadelphia Folk Festival and to local clubs.

Leaving Philadelphia, Curley played in Denver, Boulder, Colo., and Eugene, Ore., as well as other areas and eventually wound up in Houston, where he was heavily influenced by the Texas songwriter scene there at the time. Moving to Austin, Texas in 1979, he immersed himself deeper in the local songwriting scene and performed in venues there until moving to Chicago several years later.

"There used to be a train" is Curley’s third CD.

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