written by Rick ReYampert

James Crouch grew up in Sodus, a small farm town near Rochester, N.Y., saw the Beatles on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in 1964 and knew he wanted to play guitar.

After playing in rock bands during his teens, Crouch moved to Los Angeles, where he delivered film scripts to movie studios and stars’ homes. He returned to New York, played the upstate rock bar circuit and the oldies circuit around Manhattan, the East Coast and Canada, and was the guitarist for The Dovells, then The Tokens (of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” fame). In November 1996 he landed in Daytona Beach, Florida, where he has spent the bulk of his musical career.

Crouch’s guitar prowess has produced over 10 CDs of fierce rock, blues rock and blues originals, blistering covers of his classic rock idols (Hendrix, Page, Beck, Stones, Bowie, Neil Young and others), passionate takes on Adele’s “Lovesong” and Peggy Lee’s immortal “Fever,” and his own original, exquisite flamenco. Crouch’s recordings have made radio playlists from Australia, to the U.S. to Europe, right alongside the music of Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, the Rolling Stones, and other legends. His main website, jamescrouchguitar.com, features 161 complete tracks of his music available for free streaming or downloads. On https://www.facebook.com/jamescrouchmusic/, his Facebook artist page, there are fans from 45 countries. He also has pages on Reverbnation and Soundcloud.

Crouch has gigged throughout Central Florida, and these days he works as an on-call, hired-gun performer, recording artist, and producer for Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida. Working in the school’s music and recording division, Crouch and his professional musicians play on a cutting-edge sound stage or recording studio in order to provide real-world performances for students to record in pursuit of their degrees. Former and/or current members of Molly Hatchet, Johnny Winter, Roy Buchanan, Les Dudek, Brian Auger, and even a guy who recorded with Jimi Hendrix have recorded and performed with James.

Over the decades, James Crouch has opened for Blue Oyster Cult, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Eddie Money, Molly Hatchet, Marshall Tucker, Rick Derringer (four times), Jimmy Thackery, the Nighthawks, Fran Cosmo (Boston), Brian Howe (Bad Company), and Tommy Tutone.

In December of 2015, James had a phone interview published on guitarradioshow.com, out of Austin, Texas, between his mentors, Leslie West (Mountain) and Frank Marino (Mahogany Rush).

A cancer battle in late 2016 cost Crouch his right eye, but later he returned to the stage to perform at Biketoberfest, a biker rally in Daytona, and resumed his duties at Full Sail.

Crouch also is a guitar teacher and is available for lessons.
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