On Good News Santa Cruz, Thursday, November 25, 2021, Lucille Tee interviewed James Durbin about the release of his new album “Durbin – The Beast Awakens,” and life in Santa Cruz.
“It’s OK to be an artist in your hometown,” said the 32-year-old singer who made a name for himself a decade ago on “American Idol” and had spent several years in Nashville, Tennessee, before returning to his hometown two years ago.
Durbin decided to take his modern heavy metal revivalist bent to the next level with the album he released in February, “DURBIN — The Beast Awakens.” The album takes his love of all things Dio, Iron Maiden, and Judas Priest and sets out “to craft his own signature strain of fantasy-inspired power metal.”
Nov. 27 — Durbin’s classic-rock cover band, the Lost Boys, will perform at the Crow’s Nest in Santa Cruz
Dec. 4 — Acoustic set at Southpoint Seascape in Aptos
Dec. 28-30 — Durbin joins The White Album Ensemble at the Rio Theater in Santa Cruz