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Cambridge gig for David Byrne-discovered polymath Jim White

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New York polymath Jim White will be performing at Cambridge Junction 2 on 11 Sept.

With former careers as a cabbie, a boxer, a preacher, professional surfer, comedian, European fashion model, and more, Jim was given his break in music when David Byrne came across his demo tape, setting him on his way as globe trotting rockstar and literary commentator from there on. At this show, Jim will be playing tracks from his new lp “Waffles, Triangles & Jesus” and sharing more of his remarkable stories.

Jim tours in support of his sixth solo studio album, the bizarrely titled Waffles, Triangles & Jesus – a mind-bending joy ride of sonic influences featuring a bevy of his hometown Athens’ roots musicians, including Cicada Rhythm, plus west coast indie darlings Dead Rock West and rock and roll maverick Holly Golightly.

Released towards the end of last year, Waffles, Triangles & Jesus was featured as a Rough Trade Album of The Month, as Uncut’s Americana Album of The Month and in Mojo magazine’s Top 10 Americana Albums of 2017. Meanwhile, The Line Of Best Fit stated that, “White remains one of modern music’s most fascinating artists. A former dishwasher, landscaper, model, lifeguard, cook, surfboard laminator, road builder and taxi driver, White emerged alongside the nascent ’90s alt.country scene as someone making a sound entirely of his own. Across five albums – and his live shows – he’s built a reputation as a consumate storyteller with a DIY aesthetic and an outsider mentality.” American Songwriter echoed that sentiment, saying, “another in a series of endearingly quirky albums from one of Americana’s most intriguing and unconventional artists.”

Prior to Waffles, Triangles & Jesus, White released five eclectic, totally uncatagorisable albums plus another six even stranger side projects. Numerous songs from his back catalog have appeared both in film and television, with his Primus-esque Word-Mule being featured in Breaking Bad, and more recently his cautionary rocker Crash Into The Sun appearing Ray McKinnon’s highly praised Sundance Channel series Rectify.

UK fans may recognise White as the narrator and defacto tour guide for the award winning BBC documentary, Searching for the Wrong Eyed Jesus, a road movie set in the rural South, which the LA Times described as “Decidedly strange, delightfully demented.” Prior to becoming a musician White led an aimless, diverse life, working countless menial labor jobs: dishwasher, landscaper, lifeguard, cook, surfboard laminator, road builder, culminating with thirteen long years driving a taxi cab in New York City.