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 May 5th, 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. George Jones’ own widow, Nancy, personally hired Carothers for the gig in 2015, 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. When he’s not on the road, James plays several shows each week in downtown Nashville, including two at the new Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row. 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 500,000 total streams.