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Brian Sutherland & Kristopher James with Kayley Bishop at Blue Jay Listening Room

Sunday, July 17, 2022 • 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM EDT

$30.00

Event Details

Doors at 7. Show at 8. Seating is first come first served. Ages 18+.


$5 ticket increase at the door.



Brian Sutherland

“The guy is a musical Swiss Army Knife.” - Stefan Scheuermann, Song Divers 

That’s about the easiest way to say it about Brian Sutherland. Part Americana singer songwriter with a clever left hand on the guitar, part classical cellist, side-man musician, storyteller, father and husband who happens to love billiards, bourbon and a brand new song. 

Raised on the Southwest Florida beaches and brought up in bars packed with tourists and passerby’s, Sutherland honed his craft for storytelling. He knew if he could keep a crowd of parrotheads and pirates, he could do it anywhere. As a sideman he played with a slew of marquee acts like The Beach Boys, Michael Ray, Clemons Road and Blessing Offor. After moving to Nashville in 2017, he’s penned hundreds of songs and showcased on every major stage the city has to offer. His most recent album, “Sounds Like Love” was released in early 2020 and was celebrated with a performance at the famed Bluebird Cafe.



Kristopher James

At a young age, Kristopher James had music inside of him. Sitting in the doorway of his room, with a radio and tape deck, Kristopher spent hours making mixtape after mixtape of songs that began to mold his young, musical mind. From Boys II Men’s “cooleyhighharmony” to Garth Brooks’ hits, Kristopher swam in the lyrics and melodies. His knack for music, matched with years of filling composition books with personal poetry, improvised lyrics, and dream-like short stories, Kristopher‘s calling was determined—to be a songwriter.


It wasn’t until he sat behind a drum set, fueled by teenage angst, that Kristopher began his musician’s journey. From there, he taught himself guitar, piano, and bravely - how to sing. What is seen now, on intimate stages, like the iconic Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, Georgia, to theater stages, such as the Capitol Theater in Clearwater, Florida, is the concentrated influences and earnest emotional exposition that solidify Kristopher – as an Americana-Soul force to be encountered and experienced.


Shortly after becoming a father, Kristopher wrestled with the dualities of parenthood, and under the catharsis of writing, he penned) his first song —a 3 verse, 2 chorus, 1 bridge tune, that would breakdown the floodgates of his pent-up musical creativity. “My Heart Wasn’t Ready”, which became a breakout song, was the first of four to be written, recorded, and produced in the following weeks — his first EP “Movement,” which also features the highly-praised “Runaways”. Expounding as a songwriter, Kristopher garnered local acclaim, “His vocals are perfectly reined in to suit his range and his easy gift for melody is unrivaled in the Bay area singer-songwriter space,” (Creative Loathing Tampa 2017). It was at this support from the Florida musical community that pushed Kristopher to dive back into the studio for his second EP “Find Me”—featuring the titular track, as well as songs like the moody “Fire & the Fuse,” the anguished “Heart Shaped Grave,” and the critically praised “Humming Hallelujah.” Kristopher sustains his soulful exchange with an ardent substance that is uniquely his own.  


Though he’s lived in the Sunshine State, for most of his life, Kristopher’s talent for melody and song (now) extend far past the state’s line. Like his influencers Otis Redding, Amos Lee, and Roberta Flack, Kristopher’s voice is clear, controlled, and full of all-the-feels. As with all artists, Kristopher’s sound has ebbed and flowed, evolving yet remaining instantly recognizable. With the growth he’s experienced as an artist, Kristopher felt it was time to capture his songs, in their fully-imagined sound, with his 2019 full-length release, “Kindness Never Quits”. Featuring songs like "Too Soon, Too Late", "Didn't Mean To Fall in Love" and the sonic soulful wall of "We Ain't Never", hailed as "undoubtedly the best record of the year", by Creative Loafing Tampa.


Through 2020 & 2021, with humble allure, capacity and persistence, the Tampa Bay native put the communal angst and uncertainty, into supporting furloughed musicians and recording – releasing 2 lauded singles “Never Had To Find Our Way” (Ft. Max Brown of The War & Treaty & Kyshona Armstrong) & “Feelings” (Ft. Mike Hicks of Rascal Flatts), independently.


James takes perhaps his most profound steps, recognizing the fragility of life, in making this year one of intention and attention – Solidifying his path in a courteous stride of soulful southern R&B impressions, on stage: with rousing guitars, swoonful keys and in-pocket rhythms – as well as off stage: with sincere stories, and recognition of how important community is to our continued growth.



Kayley Bishop

Singing ever since she could speak, Kayley feels like music chose her and not the other way around. Her scope of musical inspiration starts with Brooks and Dunn, when their music prompted her to dance around the living room as a little girl, and spreads as far as Gershwin dared to venture with those melodies of his that she sang while at The Boston Conservatory. The time spent singing all the harmony lines to Relient K albums, snapping her fingers to Michael Buble, and wondering how Alison Krauss and Union Station could make music sound so good were all precious moments helping her to understand how she wanted to deliver her own sound.


When listening to Kayley's music, you'll be able to sense the impact of rootsy bluegrass and rockabilly, you'll gather lyrics reflecting Dolly Parton and Miranda Lambert, and you will experience a sassy yet inviting vocal that will leave you wanting more.

Venue Information

Blue Jay Listening Room
2457B 3rd St South
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250-4066

Organizer Information

Blue Jay Listening Room


2457 3rd Street South
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
(904) 318-3020

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