Beth // James is an indie folk duo from Austin, Texas made up of award winning singer-songwriters Mikaela Beth Kahn and Jordan James Burchill. Their original songs and razor sharp musicianship pick up where the Civil Wars left off.
Their debut EP, All In Life, is "a shimmering mix of modern folk, mindful pop, and Americana charm," according to Paste Magazine. The EP was named one of "5 Standout EP's" of 2017 by the Austin American-Statesman, and you can hear their original song, "Lion Eyes" in Spike Lee's four-time Golden Globe, and six-time Academy Award nominated feature film, 'BlacKkKlansman'.
The duo only began writing together in 2015, though they met in 2008 while studying music in college. Creating their own unique sound, Beth // James navigates effortlessly among American music traditions, rooted in storytelling, but with added indie pop/rock elements, intricate guitar work and arresting harmony.
Their debut EP, All In Life is available everywhere music is sold or streamed and their second EP, Falling, releases February 1st, 2019.
Beth // James Releases:
EP, All In Life, April 28, 2017
EP, Falling, February 1, 2019
"Sophisticated folk-pop." Named one of "5 Standout EPs" for 2017.
-Peter Blackstock, Austin American-Statesman
"All In Life, combines a shimmering mix of modern folk, mindful pop, and Americana charm. The EP taps into the soul of a rhythmic back and forth between two distinct voices blending into one."
"Melodically tender and sultry folk"
-The Dallas Observer
"Oh so sweet on the ears. While the nightly news was filled with loud, angry and ugly headlines, the lovely tunes flowing from deep in the heart of Texas proved to be the perfect antidote."
"Interjecting an indie pop sensibility into their folk exoskeleton."
"A class apart…I couldn’t help but stand back and wonder how I’d missed this Austin duo to this point."
"They're fine singers when they trade verses, but when they harmonize, as George Takes would say, "Oh My."
"Sounds like the promise of days growing longer, and the possibilities of youth."
- The Autumn Roses
"Burchill and Kahn evoke a gorgeous folk atmosphere filled with a sense of its own expansiveness.
"Feels like something The Civil Wars would have once done, except that Beth // James fans the flames of soul even stronger."
"Austin indie-folk duo Beth // James have made quite the name for themselves in the local scene since the release of their standout 2017 debut EP, All In Life...both colorful and dreamy, will leave the listener in a trance until the very end."
- Track Rambler
"Their sweet acoustic melodies make you think of open fields and swinging hammocks."
"Supremely delicate, achieving a perfect infusion...smooth and harmonious to a (cough) tee."
- Americana UK
- Song "Lion Eyes" featured in Spike Lee's award-winning feature film, BlacKkKlansman
- Debut EP All In Life named one of "5 Standout EPs" of 2017 by the Austin-American Statesman
- "Best New Austin Band" Runner-Up in the 2017 Austin Music Awards
- Top New Artists of 2017 by PopDose
- Winners of two Ghosty Awards 2017 Best Texas Song for "Bring Your Fire to Me", and Best Texas EP for "All In Life"
- NewSong LEAF 2016 Singer-Songwriter Competition Finalists
- International Acoustic Music Awards 2016 Finalists for Best Group/Duo