Singer-songwriter Eliot Bronson was raised Pentecostal, so titling his album James refers both to his middle name (a play on the self-titled album thing) and also to the King James Bible. Upbringing aside, this is a wholly secular southern folk album that mines the emotional terrain of country (sample song titles: Rough Ride, Hard Times, Good Enough). “I wanna love you like a stranger tonight,” he croons through Stranger, the album’s simplest and maybe best track. With just eight songs, the album concludes with Mercy, a Bob Dylan-ish song about the 2015 killing of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, Bronson’s hometown. Local singer-songwriter Meaghan Casey also performs.