James "Jamie to Blame" Mark is a co-founder of Bonobos. James is a Denver native who has been playing with the band since the early days. He describes his bass guitar style as "flat and thumpy, with a touch of light and funky". As a talented writer of social conscience pop songs and poems, James made his songwriting debut in college with the boy trio A-III. He later played with the alternative band, The Fringe.
This is Jamie to Blame's first album, eponymously titled "Jamie to Blame". It has definitely been a work in progress. Referring to himself as a "late bloomer", his album was released the summer of 2019. "The songs were written in the 90's, recorded in 2002, and mastered in 2018." His second album was released in May 2021, titled "Half Way Out".
About his songs on "Jamie to Blame", "Coal Miner's Party" is a union song. Country-style "Mama's Boy" is about him and his Mom. The ballad "Blue Law Blues" is about prohibition. Such a wide and varied style make this first project a definite pleasure to enjoy!