Originally from Port Macquarie, Patrick James moved to Sydney to carve out a career in music. Described as a mix of Ryan Adams and James Taylor, busking became his trade when he first started out, before his profile grew. Since those days, the songman has supported the likes of Boy & Bear, Pete Murray, Kina Grannis, Josh Pyke, The Paper Kites and Emma Louise. He also sold out a headlining tour last year. On the release side of things, Patrick has released the EP Broken Lines in what has proven to be a busy spell for the lad. He recently premiered a clip for single ‘Message’ on Rolling Stone Australia and turned to Twitter for a little Q&A session. (The Q&A should be available to read online.) Broken Lines is his sophomore EP – All About to Change was his debut – and was produced by Wayne Connolly (You Am I, Josh Pyke). Among those who tipped their hats to the release was The AU Review’s Gemma Bastiani, who wrote: “Patrick James follows a well-established formula of instrumental builds and breaks, but has the remarkable ability to make it sound fresh. Yes there are spectacular harmonies, yes there is a banjo, but purely describing Patrick James as an ‘indie folk artist’ doesn’t quite do him or his music justice.” Expect to hear James’ name a lot more in the future, and expect him to become a lot busier. Get in now. Beav’s Bar, Geelong – August 29.