songs & stories

new music In 2019 from Nashville Honky-Tonk Crooner, James Carothers.

12 songs in 12 months. A few stories.

Past Releases

See Live

James plays several shows each week in downtown Nashville, TN when he’s not on the road. Nashville dates are 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!

About James

James Carothers is known for his stone-country originals, spot-on impressions of several of country's greatest icons, and a large fan base of fiercely supportive followers who love real country music. He can be found playing several shows each week at The George Jones, AJ’s Good Time Bar and a few other spots in Nashville, TN when he's not on the road.

In 2019, James is releasing a series of 12 new singles under the banner ‘Songs and Stories.’ Previous releases include ‘Still Country, Still King: A Tribute to George Jones’ (September 2018), which debuted at #16 on the iTunes Country Chart, his first full-length original album ‘Relapse’ (May 2017) and an EP ‘Honky Tonk Land’ (June 2014).


  • Selected to open five Alan Jackson tour dates in 2019

  • Listed as one of Rolling Stone Country’s “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know: October 2018”

  • 2018 WSM Road Show Winner, resulting in the opportunity to make Grand Ole Opry debut with Alan Jackson

  • 2018 Ameripolitan “Outlaw Male” Award Nominee

  • Has opened for Trace Adkins, The Charlie Daniels Band, Dustin Lynch, Cody Johnson, William Michael Morgan, Ben Haggard, Joe Diffie, A Thousand Horses & The Kentucky Headhunters.


In 2015, James left a technician job at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico and returned to his native state of Tennessee to pursue a country music career at the unlikely ripe-old-age of 33. Since then, he has performed over 1200 public and private shows at The George Jones & other venues throughout downtown Nashville. George Jones' own widow, Nancy, personally hired Carothers for the gig, giving him the opportunity to make a living playing music & to hone his hobby-turned-profession in an accelerated fashion.

In addition to supporting his young family and connecting with others musicians and songwriters, performing downtown has helped Carothers build a large fan base of folks drawn through the doors by the booming voice echoing down Broadway or 2nd Avenue. Playing so many shows in a relatively short time-frame in a city with an excess of raw talent forced him to sharpen his stage show quickly and continue to refine the thing he’s always enjoyed most — entertaining and interacting with his audiences in a way that leaves most people feeling like they’ve made a new friend. Over the past couple of years, James has enjoyed playing several opening slots, festivals, fairs, and private events in locations all across the United States and he’s even had the chance to travel to Canada, Japan, Scotland and Norway for shows.

“James Carothers sounds like a soundtrack for the grand tour that celebrates classic country’s history of rowdy crooners and sentimental outlaws.”
— Will Hodge, Rolling Stone Country