James King (12)

James King (12)

Born Sept. 9, 1958 in Martinsville, Virginia, and died May 19, 2016 in Salem, Virginia. Grew up in Carroll County -- one of the most fertile breeding grounds for bluegrass and old-time musicians. James' father, Jim, and his uncle, Joe Edd, were both musicians of note. As James entered his teens, he began to take the music seriously too, particularly the music of his fellow Virginians, the Stanley Brothers. One of James' closest mentors was Ted Lundy, whose raw and heartfelt brand of bluegrass exerted a particularly strong influence on his music. Following a stint in the Marine Corps, King relocated to Wilmington, Del., where he started a band with Lundy's sons, T.J. and Bobby. The Lundys introduced King to legendary bluegrass deejay Ray Davis, who paired King with Ralph Stanley for two mid-'80s releases, Stanley Brothers Classics and Reunion (also with George Shuffler), on his Wango label. In 1988, King released his first record under his own name, James King Sings Cold, Cold World. In the 1990s, Dudley Connell of the Johnson Mountain Boys brought King to the attention of Rounder's Ken Irwin. Irwin brought together Connell and a band of bluegrass all-stars to back up King on 1994's These Old Pictures and 1995's Lonesome and Then Some. King began to tour steadily, gradually assembling the James King Band. The group was named emerging artists of the year by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) in 1997. 1998's Bed by the Window was the recording debut of the James King Band, and its gripping, bittersweet title track -- about a man in a nursing home with a vivid imagination -- was nominated for IBMA's 1999 song of the year award. King is also a member of the bluegrass supergroup Longview, along with Connell, Don Rigsby, Joe Mullins, Glen Duncan and Marshall Wilborn. Their self-titled 1997 debut was named recorded event of the year by the IBMA. The second Longview album, High Lonesome, arrived in 1999, followed by Lessons in Stone in 2002. King released 30 Years of Farming in 2002. The album featured the James King Band as the supporting instrumentalists, with a potent blend of classic bluegrass, hard core country and contemporary song craft. Including the country classics "Saginaw, Michigan" and "Carroll Country Accident," King released The Bluegrass Storyteller in 2005. In April 2009, James married Julie Lillard of Cascade, Virginia.
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Wango 118 Ralph Stanley And The Clinch Mountain Boys Introducing James King (12) Ralph Stanley And The Clinch Mountain Boys Introducing James King (12) - Introducing James King(LP, Album) Wango Records Wango 118 US 1986 Sell This Version
James King (12) It's A Cold Cold World (Album) Webco Records US 1989 Sell This Version
0305 James King (12) These Old Pictures(CD, Album) Rounder Records 0305 US 1993 Sell This Version
CD 0425 James King (12) Bed By The Window(CD, Album) Rounder Records CD 0425 US 1998 Sell This Version
James King (12) Thirty Years Of Farming (Album) Rounder Records US 2002 Sell This Version
11661-0551-2 James King (12) The Bluegrass Storyteller(CD, Album) Rounder Records 11661-0551-2 US 2005 Sell This Version
11661-0595-2 James King (12) Gardens In The Sky(CD, Album) Rounder Records 11661-0595-2 US 2008 Sell This Version
11661-9134-2 James King (12) Three Chords And The Truth(CD, Album) Rounder Records 11661-9134-2 US 2013 Sell This Version