"Joshua P. James’ songs could have been written yesterday or 60 years ago. With a tight, blazing rhythm section, those songs are let loose with a modern energy, free of gimmickry or signs of trad Country tourism. The trio sells their soulful, gritty take with a
straight-from-the-gut delivery, the early Folk/Country/Blues sound oozing forth effortlessly. They mean it and you’ll know it." - The CityBeat, MPMF11 Roundup
Formed in early 2011, Joshua P. James and the Paper Planes got the wild notion that if you take a folk singer's simply strummed, lyric-centric tunes and combine that with the tight, albeit non-conventional, stylings of an upright bassist and the backbone of a
drummer who grew up playing in metal bands, that something good might result. They self-released their full length, Please, Please, in April 2012 which has garnered the trio much critical praise.
“Please, Please reminds you of just how simple, good and enjoyable music can be.” – 5 out of 5 in Ghetto Blaster Magazine Issue 32
Fall of 2012 saw a lineup change with founding member Evan Harrison Parker leaving the band and Pete Mendenhall (upright bass, vocals) joining Joshua and Brandon Woods (drums, vocals) to carry The Paper Planes to new heights in 2013.