James C. Davis fell in love with music at an early age, growing up in Austin, TX, the live music capital of the world. He remembers playing his first cassette tape, Jackson Browne's "For Everyman", until it wore out. He took a liking to "folk" music early on, driving his elementary school orchestra teacher crazy by forgoing the classical pieces he was supposed to be practicing in favor of old-time fiddle tunes like Cotton Eyed Joe. Through the years, James has acquired very eclectic music tastes and experiences, even singing on a Native American drum for a short time in high school.
In 2000, James inherited a mountain dulcimer made by his grandfather, and immediately fell in love with the instrument. He joined a local group, The Sand and Sea Acoustic Music Society, and began playing old-time music with them on a regular basis. James is a big proponent of the mountain dulcimer and now plays an instrument that was hand-crafted for him by his father, which features seahorse shaped soudholes.
James plays several other instruments including guitar and mandolin as well as a little banjo and dobro. He also owns quite a few instruments that he "plays" to varying degrees, including: ukulele, harmonica, tin whistle, Native American flute, drum kit, and various other drums and noise makers (his wife is very patient with his instrument collecting "hobby" :).
James finally attended his first Kerrville Folk Festival in 2008 and loved every second of it. It really changed his life, plunging him into the world of contemporary folk music. He has been very fortunate to have the opportunity to attend Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines' "Life's a Song" songwriting workshop in Port Aransas, TX for two years in a row. James is now a budding singer-songwiter and is excited about sharing his music with the world.
James has been involved with the Burning Bush Coffee House concert series since 2009. This monthly series, organized by Some Call it Folk Co-Host Pam Stakes, features folk musicians from around the country. James provides promotional and technical support as well as maintains and hosts the website.
James has been hosting Some Call it Folk since August 2010. He likes to include a mix of contemporary and traditional folk music as well as music that stretches the bounds of what can be called "folk" (after all, the show is called SOME Call it Folk). He loves to include local artists and musicians he knows personally and has a special passion for live, in-studio performances.
James is a Senior Software Developer at the Conrad Blucher Institue for Surveying and Science at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. He also runs his own web design and consulting business, Windward Web Solutions.
James is recently married to his beautiful wife, Stephanie.
Feel free to send James your feedback and song requests by e-mail.