This winter Jemima James began work on a new CD, her first in five years. The CD is called Nothing New and the recording was done in West Tisbury.
A CD release party will be held this Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury. The only catch is there won’t actually be CD’s at the party. There is still some tweaking to be done. It will be ready by mid-June.
But Ms. James needs no tweaking. Long a fixture of the Vineyard music scene, she has been an inspiration for many of the next generation of Island musicians. Some more so than others. Her son is Willy Mason.
Willy will join mom onstage on Wednesday for the free concert. Yes, free. Good Night Louise will also play. The band consists of Shawn Barber, Elissa Turnbull, Larry Laverdure, Geordie Gude, Stu Gardner and Rob Myers. Ms. James and Good Night Louise performed together last summer at Featherstone Center for the Performing Arts. Lots of other surprises are planned for the evening, too.
But the night truly belongs to Ms. James.
“These are songs she has been performing with others for years,” said Bob Brown, her co-producer. “She is finally doing them the way she wants them done.”
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.