Thomson’s second album Cold Moon was released in 2015 and provided a stunning indication of his rapid development as an artist. Ghostly guitars and organs now floated through the mix, while Thomson’s earthy vocals and vivid lyrics drew worthy comparisons to Gene Clark, Neil Young and Bobby Charles. Since the release of Cold Moon, James and his band have toured Nationally and Internationally – their reputation as an exceptional live act further enhanced after turning in stunning performances at Nannup Music Festival, The Gumball Festival, Leaps and Bounds, Bridgetown Blues Festival and Dashville Skyline.
In February 2018 Thomson recorded his third album at Melbourne’s Union Street Studios with Engineer Rodger Bergodaz at the helm. In just six days, Thomson and an all-star band featuring Steve Hadley (Paul Kelly, Tex, Don and Charlie), Shane Reilly (Lost Ragas), Tracy McNeil and Sean McMahon crafted a truly special album and a superbly assured nod to the 1970’s Country-Soul/Rock and Roll sound perfected by artists like The Faces and Neil Young. Thomson’s superb writing and musicianship should have already made him known to a wider audience but the release of his eagerly awaited third album in late 2018 is set to make sure his mark on Australian music is a permanent one.