Photo by Jeremy Ledbetter
"James Leva is the Richard Thompson of American traditional music."
-Peter Thompson, host of "Bluegrass Signal", KALW radio, San Francisco
We are really happy to include James Leva on our artist page. A multi-instrumentalist, James plays a Bourgeois Mahogany Dreadnought. He is also a world class fiddler and songwriter.
Bourgeois historian and friend, David Gansz, forwarded me the note that accompanied James Leva's guitar wherein Dana describes the guitar as: " Luthier series Mahogany D, tortoiseshell, diamond volute, ebony fretboard, Vintage brown sunburst, from deep mahogany brown to honey. Mahogany bluegrass guitars don't get any better than this one. Though the top is sitka, it has the big open response, but focused sound, of a Red Spruce top. This is one of the best bluegrass guitars I have made."