in the heart of the American West, Phoenix, Arizona, Pat James was
only 9 years old when he had his first guitar lesson. What started out
as a hobby soon became a passion. As early as 13, he knew that he
might eventually be a musician, and he knew beyond any doubt that he
would be a singer.
Contrary to the trend among his youthful peers, Pat was captivated by
true country music. During his high school years, he took classical
guitar classes and acquired the solid foundation of a good musician,
although he spent much of his free time pursuing his own style of
music - true country.
At a time dominated by hip hop, hard rock and rap music, Pat sang
songs by Marty Robbins, Merle Haggard and Hank Williams Jr. His voice
and style convinced even the most skeptical listener that true country
music had a lot to offer, and his young friends began to appreciate it
through him. As a result, he was frequently asked to sing his country
songs at their parties and dances.
Chance led Pat to the stage: invited to a club by friends, they
encouraged him to sing with the local band that was ignored by the
club patrons. Nervously, he agreed. Soon, everyone was dancing,
enthusiasm was rampant, and the crowd would not allow Pat to leave the
stage. The club was so impressed that they offered Pat a permanent
job, but he declined for lack of his own band. Some time later, he met
a guitar player who told him about a band looking for a singer/guitar
player. It was then he landed a spot with his first country band. This
all new band, the Blue Spur Band, recorded a demo tape of four songs
to audition with. The first club that heard the tape hired them
On two different occasions, Pat has been invited to Nashville to
record for producers impressed by his talent. Unwilling to compromise
his style, he turned down the offers he received and returned to
Arizona somewhat disappointed, but with a better understanding of the
Nashville music industry. Pat James is "all about" true country and
western music and does not identify with the country pop sound of
Inspired by the spirit of true cowboys from the past, Pat regularly
competes in calf roping and gains inspiration from the lifestyles of
real rodeo and ranch cowboys for his music. The warmth and
clarity of his voice and the sensitivity of his interpretation not
only evoke in his audience the memory of the early pioneers but also
promise the wind of freedom and wide open spaces of the American West.
It's late. I was just thinking how much this album (too late, C.D.)
means to me. I know cowboys ain't supposed to cry, but I can't help
it. I'm here at home: just outside of Phoenix, where I grew up,
thinking about where I am right now... This town has grown so much
over the last few years, that it has just about lost its identity, a
lot like country music. But, I meet people every night that
remind me of my folks, and, my folks' folks... that remind me of the
country and western way of life, about respect. About knowing who you
are, and not being ashamed of it. Country music is a way of life to
me, it's not a fad or fashion. I am proud of it, and always will be.
It can't be discredited because my grandpa listened to it. I couldn't
wait to sing a Bob Wills song for him on his eightieth birthday. Go
back and listen to Marty Robbins, Eddy Arnold, Hank Williams, Lefty
Frizzell (the list goes on and on: Buck Owens, George Jones, Merle
Haggard... too many to name... Faron Young, Webb Pierce) album (not
too late), and tell me they're not true artists. They had to sing
those songs all the way through right. And, they did! (damn it!) I
know there are a lot of people here in Arizona, and all over this
country (even one professional basketball player I know) who still
think this way. Who don't look to "down state" New York and southern
California for daily direction. These are the people I dedicate this
"C.D." to. Y'all weren't ashamed to wear your cowboy hats or boots to
school, and I hope you'll appreciate a guy trying to keep Country AND
Western music alive.
Pat James has been featured on various TV Shows, including Good
Morning Arizona, and has opened for such acts as Mel McDaniel &
Asleep At The Wheel. Other performers have joined Pat on stage from
time to time, including Lou Rawls and members of The Sons of the San
On an unexpected visit shortly before his death, even Waylon himself
could not help but smile and nod his approval at Pat's rendition of
"Good Hearted Woman".
Out of state performances include shows in Fort Worth, Texas at the
famed White Elephant Saloon,
at the Coors Cowboy Roundup Rodeo
Ranch & at Grahams Central Station in Amarillo,
Texas, at the Rio Hotel and Casino
in Las Vegas and at the Planet
Hollywood in Paris, France.
Pat has been the headliner of many country music festivals in Europe
such as the International Country
Music Festival of Berck-sur-Mer, the Country
Music Festival of Disneyland-Paris, the Sur
Route de Tullins Festival in France, the
14th Correggio Country Music Festival in Italy, and the Euroteam
Country Music Festival in
Pat released two CDs, "Some Like it Country" and "It's My Life", both
recorded and mixed at Chaton Studio in Phoenix by Otto D'Agnolo, Emmy
award winning producer/engineer.
Pat has been voted The Best Country
& Western Saloon Vocalist by the True West Magazine staff
and readers in the "2003 Best of the West" special issue. "The Rep's
Best", the Arizona Republic annual guide to the best in Arizona, has
voted Pat James and his band "The
2005 Best Country Band". Indie-Music.com's editors selected
Pat as one of the "Best of 2006 Top 25 Artists".
Bob Thiele, music supervisor of the "Sons of Anarchy" TV series,
selected 3 of Pat's original songs - Just
Fillin'In, Let Me Live Long Enough and
City Lights - to be featured in the December 2009 season's
finale of this top-rated drama series on the cable network FX.
Pat also performed at the 2010 and 2011 Cowgirls
with Heart Rodeo Dance in Tucson, AZ, and at the 2011 Prescott
Frontier Days Rodeo Dance.
Pat is currently playing at various venues in Arizona.
Pat's music can be listened to on all major internet radios: Pandora,
Spotify, Last.fm, iHeart Radio, Slacker, iTunes Radio, etc...