Nathan James and Ben Hernandez were first place winners of the
2007 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN.
Ben Hernandez (harmonica, vocals, kazoo, jug, washtub bass,
spoons) is a naturally gifted vocalist/ harmonica player specializing
in the pre-war, acoustic blues styles. He is committed to preserving
an almost lost musical genre while still stamping his own distinct
Nathan James (guitar, vocals, foot percussion, harmonica) has
become a well recognized blues guitarist in Southern California,
as the guitarist for the internationally known James Harman Band.
During his last five or so years with the band, James has honed
his chops with seasoned veteran Harman, touring and recording.
On 'Make a Change Sometime' the first official duo album by
Nathan James & Ben Hernandez, these two young & talented
artists bring forward a fresh and knowledgable showcase of an
American roots music known as country blues. Within the 16 cuts
of both traditional and original songs, they cover all the styles
including: delta, piedmont, gospel, string band, and jug band
With various tools of the trade; during a live
show an audience may not know what to expect. During one song,
James may be laying down a hypnotic delta rhythm on a National
resonator slide guitar, stomping out his foot in time on his
percussion board; while Hernandez is singing like a Sunday morning
baptist preacher, and chugging a trian whistle sound on his harmonica.
A next song could be James creating a ragtime jump on guitar
as Hernandez coaxes a jazzy melody on the Kazoo, or bassline
on the jug or the washtub bass; as the two sing a timeless song
in harmony. Meanwhile all of this never failing to grab anyones
attention, and forces smiles, applause, and even dancing feet
to all lucky enough to experience. Night after night, this is
how Nathan James & Ben
Hernandez carve out a living for themselves.
For more information, visit www.nathandjames.com and