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December 18, 2020

James Steinle: “Three Dark Kings”

By: Jack Anderson

There’s a rich history of Germans in Texas going well back to the pre-state days of the land, and though the hotspots lay in places like Gruene, New Braunfels, and Fredericksburg, singer-guitarist James Steinle hopes to put Austin auf der Karte. With a personal upbringing in Saudi Arabia and Deutschland itself, Steinle’s embraced those multi-national idiosyncrasies into his “county country” acoustic style, something that’s definitely set him apart from contenders here in the Live Music Capital.

Following his 2018 debut, 2019’s Live at Hole in the Wall, and two Bruce Robison-produced singles in the past year, James Steinle wraps up 2020 with the bilingual Cold German Mornings. These dozen new songs celebrate Weinachten in such a subdued, wintery way that you’ll need to save them for next years playlist, particularly on tracks like “Three Dark Kings”.


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