Mixing together Tennessee twang, southern storytelling, and a big, booming baritone, James Carothers makes throwback country music for modern times.
It's an old-school sound that ignores the trends of contemporary radio. You won't find any bro-country songs here. No Auto Tuned vocals, either. Instead, Carothers dishes up a reminder of country music's golden years — a time filled with fiddle solos, analog production, and slyly simple songs about heartaches and hangovers. His first full-length album, Relapse, released in May 2017, offers plenty of all three.
If Relapse bears similarities to classic releases by George Jones, Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard, it's because Carothers wrote most of the songs between daily gigs at The George Jones in Nashville. Since its opening in 2015, he's performed hundreds of shows at the venue, George Jones' own widow, Nancy, personally hired Carothers for the gig, giving him the opportunity to do something he’s thankful for and that so many aspiring artists moving to Nashville only dream of doing – make a living playing music. James now plays several shows at various venues in downtown Nashville each week when he's not on the road. James was nominated for a 2018 Ameripolitan Award in the "Outlaw Male" category. His hit song "Back to Hank" has almost 4 Million views on Facebook & his Spotify artist profile has over 600,000 total streams.
Note: When James is not on the road, he plays several shows each week in downtown Nashville, TN. Nashville showtimes are typically added to his schedule 3-4 weeks in advance, so be sure to check back & drop in for a show when you're in Music City!