THE PEARLS are an Americana, Alt-Country, and Western Swing. Their influences include The Band, The Eagles, George Jones, The Grateful Dead and The Everly Brothers, in addition to old Dixieland jazz and classic country. The Pearls are a vocal-driven band with songs that blend the spirit of travel and adventure with Cajun, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and country influences.
“If Bob Dylan, Ryan Adams and Neil Young took the best parts of their talent and created a musical creature, we would call him James Coates.” (Megan Kumakura, Inside Right Wrist)
“Coates sounds like Bob Dylan would if Dylan could actually sing, while lyrically, he veers closer to Springsteen territory.” (Mike Seely, Seattle Weekly)
“There is much more to James Coates than his magnificent, raspy voice and deep, honest lyrics. What stands out the most is his passion and dedication to his craft.” (Sarah Clifton, Pierce Pioneer)
“Coates seems to literally bleed emotion through his music.” (Matt Driscoll, Weekly Volcano)