credit: Angelina Castillo
Skyway Man is the brainchild of singer, songwriter, composer, and producer James Wallace. Employing an idiosyncratic blend of psych, dusty boogie rock, gospel-folk, and blues, his sonic touchstones include Randy Newman, Lee Hazlewood, Daniel Romano, Norman Greenbaum, Flaming Lips, and Dennis Wilson. In 2019 he composed the music for the critically acclaimed HBO/Adult Swim show called "Joe Pera Talks With You." His 2020 release, The World Only Ends When You Die is a ramshackle road trip billed as a "psych-folk opera" that evokes a Muscle Shoals-backed Grateful Dead piloting a boogie van into the Greek underworld. A native of Richmond, Virginia, Wallace moved to Nashville in 2008, bringing with him the indelible sound and D.I.Y. aesthetic of Richmond's Spacebomb studio scene -- which also launched the careers of Natalie Prass and Matthew E. White -- he soon became a fixture of the Nashville underground. In 2019 he moved his base to Oakland, CA where he continues to tour, produce, and compose music at home and abroad.
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