Country singer and songwriter Pat James is humble about his talent and proud of his heritage. Born in the heart of the American West, he grew up in Phoenix, Arizona with an appreciation for the land, its people and the country western music that is an integral part of the cowboy culture.
Refreshingly different from the montage of "pop" singers dominating the country music scene today, Pat James remains true to the origins of the genre. His rich vocal style and skillful guitar playing has thrilled audiences in Phoenix and beyond.
Pat James has been featured on various TV Shows, including Good Morning Arizona, and has opened for such acts as Doug Supernaw and Asleep At The Wheel. Other performers have joined Pat on stage from time to time, including Lou Rawls and members of The Sons of the San Joaquin. On an unexpected visit shortly before his death, even Waylon himself could not help but smile and nod his approval at Pat's rendition of "Good Hearted Woman."
Out of state performances include shows in Fort Worth, Texas at the famed White Elephant Saloon and the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. In 2004 and 2005, Pat has been the headliner of many festivals in Europe, such as the "2004 International Country Music Festival" of Berck-sur-Mer in France on the 4th of July, the "2005 Country Music Festival" of Disneyland-Paris in April, the "2005 Festival Off" of Printemps de Bourges in France, the "14th Correggio Country Music Festival" in Italy, "Sur la Route de Tullins Festival" in France and the "Euroteam Country Music Festival" in Luxembourg. He also performed at the Planet Hollywood in Paris, France, and in Amarillo, Texas at the 2004 & 2005 Coors Cowboy Roundup Rodeo Ranch and at Grahams Central Station.
Pat has been voted "The Best Country & Western Saloon Vocalist" by the True West Magazine staff and readers in the "2003 Best of the West" special issue. He also has been voted the Best Western Singer by The High Sonoran Style Magazine staff and readers.
In March 2005, he released his second CD "It's My Life", recorded and mixed at Chaton Studio in Phoenix by Otto D'Agnolo, Emmy award winning producer/engineer/writer.
In December 2005, "The Rep's Best", the Arizona Republic annual guide to the best of the Valley, has voted Pat James and his band "The 2005 Best Country Band "
Marty Robbins - Merle Haggard - Bob Wills - Ray Price - Hank Williams - Georges Jones...
"Some Like It Country" Dedication - By Pat James :
It's late. I was just thinking how much this album (too late, C.D.) means to me. I know cowboys ain't supposed to cry, but I can't help it. I'm here at home: just outside of Phoenix, where I grew up, thinking about where I am right now... This town has grown so much over the last few years, that it has just about lost its identity, a lot like country music. But, I meet people every night that remind me of my folks, and, my folks' folks... that remind me of the country and western way of life, about respect. About knowing who you are, and not being ashamed of it. Country music is a way of life to me, it's not a fad or fashion. I am proud of it, and always will be. It can't be discredited because my grandpa listened to it. I couldn't wait to sing a Bob Wills song for him on his eightieth birthday. Go back and listen to Marty Robbins, Eddy Arnold, Hank Williams, Lefty Frizzell (the list goes on and on: Buck Owens, George Jones, Merle Haggard... too many to name... Faron Young, Webb Pierce) album (not too late), and tell me they're not true artists. They had to sing those songs all the way through right. And, they did! (damn it!) I know there are a lot of people here in Arizona, and all over this country (even one professional basketball player I know) who still think this way. Who don't look to "down state" New York and southern California for daily direction. These are the people I dedicate this "C.D." to. Y'all weren't ashamed to wear your cowboy hats or boots to school, and I hope you'll appreciate a guy trying to keep Country AND Western music alive.