Jeff James Pedalboard

So..what is live looping?

Live Looping has been utilized for decades by a select few musicians and has become increasingly more popular via a range of different pedals, software, and even apps. The way I explain it to my audiences is to picture those old cassette recorders (Millennials, just picture voice memos on your iPhone) now picture there are 3 of them at my feet. I push one and trigger it with my foot and it starts recording everything I do. When I push it again it plays what I just played. I press it again and it adds more sound to the same track. Then I can move to my 2nd pedal and play something with a different length and play it back. I continue to build it to a full Band sound.

The RC-50 Loop Station

The heart of the Live Looping show. Jeff James uses 1 to 3 separate tracks to create a song from scratch. The RC-50 has the ability to record each track at different lengths. For example the first track recorded is typically a 1-2 measure percussion track. The 2nd is usually the verse, chorus, or both together. The 3rd is usually reserved for harmonies, typically for choruses. One of the greatest assets is the 'undo' function.

RC-50

The GR-55 Guitar Synthesizer

The GR-55 guitar synthesizer changed the show once again by allowing Jeff to start playing Bass guitar, piano, b3 organ, and over 400 other instruments, expanding the variety of songs and changing the dynamics of the songs as well. The huge assets of the GR-55 are it's ability to choose which strings carry the instrument as well as being able to switch between just guitar to Guitar/ Synth sound, to just Synth. For guitarists this means the ability to play bass and guitar at the same time by programming the bass for the E and A string.

Roland GR55

DTX-Multi 12 Drum Pad

The Dtx is a compact drum kit with 12 programmable pads per kit. Jeff uses 2-3 drum kits per show depending on song choice. The biggest assets are ability to change effects, pitches, nuances, dynamics via velocity curves, and ability to load user samples. It has also worked great for live on the fly playing.

Yamaha DTX-Multi12

Who is Jeff James?

Combine one singer-songwriter's fascination with the acoustic and electric guitar in an amalgamation of Folk, Blues, Rock, Country and Gospel, add a social conscience, a hunger for the written word, and a love for singing and entertaining, and you've got Jeff James. With over 3000 performances and 7 albums and a live DVD under his belt, Jeff has become an extremely versatile performer, adapting to whatever his environment throws at him.
As a nationally accredited guitarist, Jeff finds ways of 'wow'-ing audiences with his percussive playing style along with some beautiful fingerstyle picking. Add silky but somehow gritty vocals (a cross combination of James Taylor and Gary Allan) which have been described as "unique" and "gripping" and you've found a show that people keep coming back to.

I've played all sorts of places from parks, street corners, college house parties, churches, bars, restaurants, resorts, casinos, street dances, fairs, and music festivals, and one constant I look for is the reaction I get from a person or a group. Good, bad, or otherwise-if I can achieve a smile, look of surprise, or even a tear, from the songs I 've written or performed, I feel I've succeeded in reaching people through music.

Beginnings

Jeff James started singing at 6 in a church choir and performed his first 'solo' at 7 in a Christmas play in his small hometown of New London, MN. Around the age of 16 his pastor borrowed him a classical guitar to get him started. He began learning songs from Waylon Jennings, James Taylor, John Denver, and even Pink Floyd. Along with friend John Ploegstra, Jeff would rehearse in front of huge 'invisible' audiences and they were eventually involved in a group dubbed 'Black Waters' playing a few local clubs and performing in front of their 1st real crowd of around 1500 people at their town's annual summer festival.

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Career

Over the course of the next 7 years he toured extensively full time as frontman with Country Rock Band Genuine Leather and Lace. They performed the A and B club circuits in the 6 state upper Midwest. He also performed 2 years with another Country Rock Band "KeyStone" Sharing the stage with many major artists. In the midst of both bands, he kept up with several solo acoustic performances which he used to display his own music.

Keystone

Nashville

In 1998 Jeff and Debbie (his wife) moved to Nashville to pursue the true and trying business end of music. Over the course of the next 7 years of performing and networking he released 4 CD 's independently with the majority of the material being original. He's sold over 3000 units online and in clubs via his Web Site at www.jeffjamesmusic.com. There he became a regular part of the music scene entertaining locals and tourists consistently 3-4 nights a week downtown Nashville and the Opryland Hotel Area. Performing covers and his own songs from a list of over 350 songs drawing inspiration from such related genre artists as David Wilcox, John Gorka, and earlier artists like Taylor, Denver, Dylan, Baez, and Lightfoot. Performing at several songwriter nights, James gained several songwriter friends and publishing contacts, keeping regular writing dates at Universal Publishing. He was asked to perform on America's 2nd longest running radio show, The Midnite Jamboree, where he performed alongside Dale Watson.

Turning Minnesotan Again

In August, Jeff, wife Debbie, and daughter Danielle, made the move back to Minnesota to further his career with the release of the Two Hands CD in the Fall. He has been quickly gaining fans through performances in the Twin Cities area. Two Hands was recently listed on John Shelton-Ivany's Top 21 Issue #214. Jeff James "Two Hands" Top 10 Recommended albums. This mention was listed by reviewer John Shelton Ivany. The John Shelton-Ivany Top Twenty-One is published in 200 National newspapers.

The DVD "Take in the Fall"

On the night of October 23rd, 2005 Jeff James held an exclusive concert for a TV Taping to which a small amount of fans were privied. Now available for the first time you can experience that show as well as the stories behind some of the songs featured on the Take in the Fall DVD. As an added bonus feature you can journey back to Christmas 2004 and see the Holiday show that was aired in December featuring 30 minutes of songs that Jeff personally picked out for the program. Enjoy Jeff James as so many people love to see and hear him....Live!

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