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JR

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JR is singer songwriter guitarist James Rochester. After spending time in the UK and Europe performing and writing as a solo artist and with bands JR returned to NZ to begin working on an album. The debut album “Another Beginning, Another End” is out in 2010, which will see him and his band “the Cougar Studs” scaring small animals as they hurtle around NZ making themselves heard.

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James Rochester (vocals, guitar)

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  • Napier

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JR TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM ANOTHER BEGINNING, ANOTHER END ON APRIL 24TH
Posted: Wed May 12, 2010 7:11 pm
New Zealand's own JR is proud to announce the release of his debut album Another Beginning, Another End on April 24th. The album features the current radio single 'Breathe It Out'.

JR is singer/songwriter/guitarist James Rochester. After spending time in the UK and Europe performing and writing as a solo artist and with various bands, JR returned to NZ to begin working on an album. The debut album Another Beginning, Another End sees JR and his band 'The Cougar Studs' scaring small animals as they hurtle around the country making themselves heard.

Assisted by Ian Morris (The Dudes, Tex Pistol) on the mixing and mastering, Another Beginning, Another End was recorded over the second half of 2009. JR plays all guitars, bass and keys on the album assembling the members of 'The Cougar Studs' was a process of finding the right musicians to faithfully render the tunes and also bring diversity of tones and influence to the writing process. JR's hand-picked band of stellar musicians are bassist Maurice Beckett (Jakob/Desbot), guitarist Iain Riddle (Pearl/the Real Thing) and drummer Matt Baker (RetroBates/ Undefeated).

JR has performed as a solo artist for the last 15 years as well as singer/guitarist in other bands. His roots are in classic rock, bands like Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Guns n Roses and Pearl Jam. When he's not up at the studio he shares with drummer Matt or mixing bands down at the Cabana Bar in Napier, JR's also a guitar maker and repairer; performing and recording using guitars designed and built by him.

JR recently performed with fellow Hawkes Bay bands Jakob and Blvd Nights for a Cancer Fundraiser at the Cabana Bar, raising over $5000 for charity.

Look out for JR plugging the album and deafening bar staff in a town near you.
 

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