Nashville honky-tonk crooner, 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.

James 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, having played over 1200 public, corporate & private events since January 2015. Solo, duo, trio & full-band shows are available.

In 2019, James will be releasing a series of 12 new singles – one every month – 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 by Alan Jackson to open five dates on Jackson’s “Honky Tonk Highway Tour” 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


  • "Back to Hank" music video has over 5.7 million Facebook views

  • Over 5.5 million streams on Spotify, Apple Music & Pandora combined

  • Over 2 million Youtube music video views (4.3 million minutes watched)

    (as of 8/31/19)

Opened For:

  • Alan Jackson

  • Trace Adkins

  • Dustin Lynch

  • Cody Johnson

  • The Charlie Daniels Band

  • A Thousand Horses

  • William Michael Morgan

  • Ben Haggard

  • Joe Diffie

  • The Kentucky Headhunters


“Y’all, James Carothers is the real deal!” - Ward Guenther, Whiskey Jam

“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

“…Carothers’ honky-tonk testimonial “Back to Hank” pulls no punches as it simultaneously pines for the sound of solid country gold and propels it into the present day.” - Will Hodge, Rolling Stone Country

“Carothers is continuing to carry the torch for traditional country music. This first listen of “Someday My Day Will Come” is a much-needed reminder of everything country music used to, and still should, be.” – Wes Langeler, Whiskey Riff


Rolling Stone Country: 10 New Country Artists You Need to Know: October 2018

Taste of Country: Song Premiere

The Boot: Video Premier

Country Rebel: Acoustic Video Premier

We Hate Pop Country: Video Premier

Event Reviews




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 shows at The George Jones & other venues throughout downtown Nashville. George Jones' own widow, Nancy, personally hired Carothers for the initial 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 downtown tourists 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 folks 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 as opportunities have presented themselves and he’s even had the chance to travel to Canada, Japan, Scotland and Norway for shows.

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Listen to albums via Spotify players below. Press/Radio: Email info@jamescarothers.com to request mp3's.


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Still Country, Still King  Cover

Still Country, Still King Cover

Still Country, Still King  Back

Still Country, Still King Back



Relapse Cover

Relapse Back



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Lonesome Road Cover



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Honky Tonk Land Cover

Honky Tonk Land Back



James & Jill Carothers

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