His sound has been called a mixture between John Mellencamp and Cross Canadian Ragweed at a Padre Island beach house party, with a dash of Bob Seger thrown in for good measure. Me personally, I call it Texicana. Regardless of what you want to call it, Steven James and the Jaded are one of the fasted rising stars on the Texas music scene! Their latest single, “Wildflower Lane”, is quickly climbing the Texas music charts, and there is no doubt that they are here to stay.
James is no rookie when it comes to the music scene. He has played music in various bands throughout the past 20 years. After having been in five bands and going through the process of making albums and breaking up, James had finally had enough and decided to go solo forming Steven James and the Jaded three years ago. So, after making the decision to go solo he started cherry picking musicians for his band then began to write songs and hit the ground running.
James grew up around music his entire life. His father’s side of the family having been in bands, music naturally was his destiny. During his younger years, Steven was exposed to everything from Led Zeppelin to Billy Joel, which was kind of how he got started. “Wildflower Lane is the current single from Steven James and The Jaded, and was one that was the underdog song on the current album. It’s a song that has a Johnny Cash-esque feel to it because from the first beat, its steady like a freight train. From the moment the single was released, James has had nothing but positive reaction to the song.
When asking him to classify the sound of the music, I found it very interesting because at the beginning James started out saying that they were just a Texas country band that radio just embraced. Lately, however, they have been called Coastal Country which has stuck. The songwriting process for James varies quite a bit. One of the songs on the new album titled “We can get along” is one that was written over a span of ten years. During that span, he would tweak it and change the words over time until they got the final version. “Wildflower Lane” was written on a Saturday morning while James was having a cup of coffee taking five minutes to write. The song came to life when he was autographing and sending out CDs. One of the people he was mailing a CD to had the address Wildflower Lane, which sparked the idea for James to write the song. James’ album “On The Run” was recorded at the studio of Brian Christopher (Brian Christopher & The Wild Oats) who lives right now the street from James. It took a year to get it just right, and it was produced by Dylan Ely.
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