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James King

With his 1993 solo album These Old Pictures, James King was established as a top-notch bluegrass vocalist. The album, however, was only the latest step in a musical career that had begun 14 years before.

A featured member of Ralph Stanley's Clinch Mountain Boys in the 1980s, King, who was raised in Virginia's Carroll County, grew up listening to bluegrass. His father, Jim King, had appeared on Roanoke television with Don Reno and Red Smiley as tenor vocalist and guitarist for the Country Cousins, and, with his uncle, Joe Edd King, had played with the late Ted Lundy of the Southern Mountain Boys in the 1960s.

Following a stint in the Marines, King launched his musical career in 1979. His recording debut came on the long-titled album Stanley Brothers Classics with Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys and Introducing James King in 1985. His second album, Reunion with Ralph Stanley Featuring George Shuffler and James King, was released three years later.

King's 1985 self-titled debut solo outing was followed by It's a Cold Cold World, released in 1989 and reissued as Webco Classics, Volume Two in 1996. While both albums showcased his crystal-clear lead vocals, neither featured the high-quality instrumental accompaniment of his later work.

After signing with Rounder Records, King's career was propelled into overdrive. These Old Pictures -- which featured members of the Johnson Mountain Boys (Dudley Cornell, Tom Adams and David McLaughlin) and the Lynn Morris Band (Marshall Wilborn and Tim Smith), plus ex-Nashville Bluegrass Band mandolinist Mike Compton -- was named Breakthrough Album of the Year by Bluegrass Unlimited and led to King being nominated as Emerging Artist of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 1995. King's fourth solo album, Lonesome and Then Some, featured many of the same players.

In 1997, King joined with Cornell, Wilborn, Glen Duncan, Joe Mullins and Don Rigsby to form the bluegrass supergroup Longview. The solo Bed by the Window followed a year later. ~ Craig Harris, Rovi
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Carol B.Alexander Have knowed James King for 30 years. He was good then and is better now.
One great entertainer. Sings from heart. Good ole boy
This is another Great Song Mr James King. Sings
Bed By The Window Is one Of the best i have heard among other ones
monicamorris 7 9
The best today no doubt
rickowood9
Wow! Just recently discovered his music. James has jumped to the top of my favorite blue grass performers. I plan to attend a festival this year to hear him live
mrfomoco1
ECHO MOUNTAIN THE BEST SONG EVER
Real Bluegrass
shirley_wint e r s
HE IS GOOD SOUNDS LIKE VERN GOSDEN.
jonaklem
a great member of the bluegrass family
A really good singer/perfo r m e r .
Wow! Heavenly Bluegrass.. Thanx
one of my favorite singers
I met James a few years ago at Home in the Hills fest....fun time :)
What a great singer and story teller!
One of the Best!!!!!!
alsites2001
I saw him at horse-shoe run wva in the 80 s great guy to talk to very konageable bout BG & better intertainer today..
rsb206
You can find Thirty Years Of Farming on You Tube,along with some others.
mandj1972
Love hearing James King - and oh, what a tenor he has in his mandolin player!! Great story teller! And great entertainer! ! Hope to hear Thirty Years of Farming on this station.
Have seen King and band a dozen times over past ten years, constantly outstanding, surrounds himself with exceptional talent, especially Tenor, Pratter on mandolin, and Haynes on fiddle
I love Thity Years of Farming but it is never played it seems.
This man sings with all his emotions. Great!!!!
i saw him in Laughlin,nv. and man he was kickin good.
physicalgraf f i t i
One of the best voices in bluegrass today.

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