Since I started Country’s Chatter, nearly three years ago, I have put up a lot of articles about those little-known country singers. Some who I think should be famous right now, others who have a long way to go to ready that point. But all of whom are a joy to listen to, and all who really want to entertain their fans.
A lot of them live far away. Lately it seems I have started looking north, toward Canada, for some very talented country artists. But in doing so, I’ve missed a lot of local talent that I want to tell you about. Today, The artist I’m going to tell you about today lives a little more than an hours drive from me. Here is James Meadows.
I had the pleasure of meeting James last September, at the Chris Young show in Abingdon, Va. A lot of the people I hang with know James well. It was Dan Deel, another country singer from this area, that introduced me to James. You’ll be hearing more about Dan soon. When I met James a little more than three months ago, it was my intention to get something up on this web site about this very talented kid. But, we all know what they say about good intentions… So finally – here it is. Taken from the biography on James’ MySpace page, I believe this tells his story better than I could. You can read the entire bio by visiting his MySpace page.
James Meadows is a country singer/songwriter and Nashville Recording Artist who currently resides in Abingdon, VA. He originally grew up an hours drive north of Abingdon deep in the Appalachian Mountains near Grundy, Virginia. He spent eight years in Johnson City, TN where he attended college (completing two degrees) and worked while honing his musical abilities.
While in college he was involved with the ETSU Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music program where he played in many bands featuring top notch talent from all over the world. He also played in many different band combinations performing both bluegrass and country music around the East Tennessee area at this time. He decided to go solo and also began songwriting in early 2005. He has written numerous songs since that time. Two of his originals are featured on his new album. He moved to Abingdon, VA in the Summer of 2007 and started working as an Intensive In Home Family Counselor while continuing to play music and write his songs . In the Spring of 2008 he signed a publishing deal with Turning Leaves Publishing. Soon after this, he formed a partnership with several friends, and together they started "Dream Tree Records", an indie label backing his first album "The Story of my Life".
The recording was done in the Nashville studio of Skip Mitchell, former lead guitar player for The Oak Ridge Boys. The album features top notch session musicians from Nashville who have played on many #1 hit recordings for many of country music’s top artists over the years. Dream Tree Records has also recently produced a professional music video of the hit song "Candle on a Cupcake" from his new album. James says the video “features a little girl who will break your heart”. The music video is currently awaiting review to be played on CMT, but you can view it today on his official website, www.jamesmeadows.net He started up his band, James Meadows & The Country Mile Drifters, just after his album officially released in August of 2008.
They have opened shows for major Nashville Artists, played in front of thousands at major events, and they have also been the Headlining Act for many other large festivals over the past year. They have also played for corporate events, weddings, and private parties. They are gaining a large number of followers with each show they play. James Meadows is influenced by the Country Artist styles (just to name a few) of Conway Twitty, Keith Whitley, George Jones, Mel Street, Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, Dwight Yoakam, Marty Stuart, Travis Tritt, Randy Travis, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Vern Gosdin, Doug Stone, Mark Chesnut, Tracy Lawrence, Alabama, Shenandoah, Clint Black, Garth Brooks, Daryle Singletary, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, George Strait, Brooks & Dunn, Joe Nichols, Blake Shelton, Josh Turner, Eric Church, Chris Young, Craig Morgan, and Brad Paisley.
There’s your intro to James Meadows – and here’s a video from YouTube.
Listen to some of the stuff on his web site, and on his MySpace. He has a lot of other music on YouTube, too. Let me know what you think. I like him – very much
It’s almost Christmas! I have to get to the office … for a few more days until the holiday break. I will talk to you all soon!