JAMES HIGGINS and the MUDDY BOOTS BAND
James Higgins and the Muddy Boots Band began playing together in May 2008 and realized that they had something special: an infectious musical chemistry that even fans can't help but notice and tap their feet to. The band immediately began performing in and around Bellingham and have been gigging regularly throughout the winter.
Their repertoire has been described as infectious, fun, upbeat blues and folk with environmental and political undercurrents, danceable and family-friendly - irresistibly raw folk, rock, and blues brewed in Scotland and bottled in America!
Band leader and singer/songwriter James Higgins, a native of Scotland, spent years traveling throughout continental Europe playing music on the streets, in pubs and at festivals. In addition to his own songs, Higgins also has an endless repertoire of cover songs ranging from Scottish/Irish traditional to acoustic folk, rock and blues a la Neil Young, JJ Cale, Rolling Stones, Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf, to name just a few. During those years, he played almost every corner of the Continent before moving to the Pacific Northwest.
Along his winding route he wrote a huge repertoire of songs and drew countless sketches of the places and faces he passed. His music is a blend of steam-rolling, hobo blues and haunting folk melodies that often reflect his life and thoughts on the road.
James Higgins drifted into Bellingham some years ago, where he bumped into the members of the Muddy Boots Band. They are Donald Denney on Bass, Charlie Baker on Guitars & Vocal Harmony, and Justin (TREE) Ericson on Drums. Together they take Higgins's naturally spooky sound and imprint it with their own infectious muddy stomp.
Higgins has several CD releases which include: Crawling out the Woodwork, The Sad Heart of Verdun, Drop in a Fall, Passing Story, Verse Chorus Train, Summair (Scottish and Irish ballads), Neilston, and Driftwood (his most recent).