James Durbin “Celebrates” at Austin’s with Exclusive Q&A!

All photos and review by Anita Maree Brodersen

James Durbin “Celebrates” at Austin’s with Exclusive Q&A!

Austin’s in Libertyville, IL welcomed back American Idol alumni James Durbin as he rolled into town this time on an acoustic tour performing songs from his debut CD Memories of a Beautiful Disaster and introducing many new songs off his new CD called Celebrate with a release date of April 8, 2014.    While the temperatures outside were frigid, Durbin heated up the crowd and as a bonus, Unrated Magazine was granted an exclusive Q&A interview before his show:

James Durbin Interview:

Unrated:  Welcome back James for our second interview here at Austin’s!

Durbin:  Great to be back!

Unrated:  Well, I saw you here a few years ago when you performed your debut album right here at Austin’s.  The place was packed with hundreds of your die-hard fans.  However, tonight you are acoustic.  Why acoustic on this round?

Durbin:  I have been acoustic for the past five weeks.  We have two weeks left on this tour.  The shows have been intimate and we have been getting a great response to the new songs.  But I love to rock out as you know.

Unrated:  What is happening on April 8?

Durbin:  My new CD – Celebrate is being released.  You can get the first release Parachute right now on iTunes!

Unrated:  Tell me about Celebrate?

Durbin:  The new CD has a lot of attitude and I co-wrote it.  My first CD was recorded in two weeks, but this CD I had plenty of time working with the songs.  I have been working on this CD for the last two years.  I worked in Nashville with James Michael of Sixx AM; therefore staying with the Motley family.

(James Michael is lead singer of the band Sixx AM – formed by Motley Crue’s bassist/songwriter Nikki Sixx.  Durbin worked with Motley Crue’s guitarist Mick Mars on his debut album)

Unrated:  What has the reaction been like to your new songs?

Durbin:  This is the first time people are hearing the new songs and they are liking it. 

Unrated:  (During this time, his die-hard fans are now entering the venue for a meet and greet and some private songs that Durbin will perform just for them)

Unrated:  Who are some of your musical influences?

Durbin:  Definitively the Beatles, Aerosmith, Motley Crue, Al Green, Michael Jackson, and U2.   

Unrated Magazine:  Have a super show and good luck with Celebrate!

As James Durbin took the stage, it was time to hear the incredible voice of the 24 year old perform a few news songs like:  Children Under the Sun, Fool for You, Louder than a Loaded Gun, and Parachute which is his first release from the new CD.  He also performed songs off his debut CD including All I Want, May, and Love in Ruins. 


Check out durbinrock.com for more information!

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