James Rider & The 420 Turnaround
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storyteller with a "tell-it-like-it-is" style, James Rider is
a singer/songwriter of exceptional diversity. Taking on the trials
of love, life and growing up, James Rider adds a splash of tequila
and a free-spirited rambling to his musical vocabulary as well
as his live performance. From bluesy wails, old Scottish folk
songs to pure good olí rock Ďn roll, James takes us on a journey
with every note. Throw in his band, the 420 Turnaround, and you
add just the right musical animation to his lyrics, giving each
song its eclectic soul. "Four Twenty a.m., " Jamesí debut CD,
ranges from raw ní rockiní to heartfelt ballads to just plain
fun. Filled with up-tempo guitar and vocal hooks that linger,
these 10 tracks will take you on the "Rider Train."
Born in Shreveport, LA in 1970, James spent his childhood moving
across the U.S. from California to Alabama and many points in
between. After 11 years overseas as an Army brat in Germany, James
embarked on his next journey ó traveling back to the U.S. for
schooling in the arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. While exploring
the facets of visual art, James discovered a new medium ó the
guitar. It was from this point he began to learn to employ the
paper and pen along with his desire to play. With the words came
the music and with the music came the voice.
Influenced by artists ranging from Jimmy Buffett to Iron Maiden
to Charlie Parker to Neil Young, Jamesí music took winding turns
down the path called "life" ó giving you a personal tour through
his eyes. It was here James learned to perfect his songwriting
skills, impacting the world around him with his stories. To further
diversify himself, James played with local Philadelphia acts until
he decided to make the move to Austin, Texas, the Lone Star State.
In Austin, known as the "Live Music Capital of the World," James
found he could have the creative freedom and support he needed.
It was the perfect place to begin the next chapter in his life.
He believed living in Texas would allow him to buckle down and
focus on music, unleashing the musical demon within as soon as
he began. Since relocating to Austin in 1997, James Rider has
played solo acoustic, opening for such well-known Austin musicians
as Reckless Kelly, the Cadillac Voodoo Choir, and Dale Watson.
When seeing James play acoustic, audiences tune into the emotion
and soul of this artist. There is always a "no holds barred" action
that is in the air, raw and heartfelt.
After playing solo acoustic for two years, James wanted to feel
the chemistry of playing with a full band. It was here that he
began to bring together fellow friends and musicians to find that
perfect chemistry. It didnít take long to assemble a group of
people that were so different they were alike. With all the elements
in place, the 420 Turnaround was finally conceived in March 1999
in the truest back porch picking tradition. Doug Walseth lends
his hand with acoustic and electric guitars, embellishing the
lyrics with slide and hooks, while drummer Daniel Jones and bassist
Zach Firnhaber ensure a fiery backbeat unable to be denied. In
just a short time, James Rider and the 420 Turnaround have grown
to become a staple in the Austin Music Scene, bringing pure entertainment
and unadulterated adrenaline with every performance. Opening for
the likes of Guy Forsyth, Dick Dale & The Deltones, Reckless Kelly,
LouAnn Barton & The Fabulous Thunderbirds, The Paladins, and Slobberbone,
among others, the Turnaround have established themselves amongst
their peers. Even Austin blues legend, Clifford Antone recognized
Rider as "An excellent singer!" after hearing him perform with
Reckless Kelly one evening at Antoneís Night Club.
Jamesí solo acoustic performance was featured August 16, 1999,
on the Austin Music Network television show, "Whatís The Cover?"
In October 1999, James performed and was interviewed by Eddie
Russell for his show "Country East/West" on JRRI Radio, in Waterford,
Ireland. Since the release of "Four Twenty a.m." in February 2000,
radio stations across Europe, Australia and America are turning
on their listeners to James Riderís acoustic-driven Americana.
Experience the magic for yourself: this live show is a Texas "electric
fandango", raising the roof and setting the audience on fire.
Whether itís a solo "Acoustic-Driven Americana" show or a performance
with the wild uninhibited "Whiskey Rock Band" the 420 Turnaround,
audiences are sure to connect with each lyric and chord. One of
his fans summed it up simply, "It is exactly what James says at
each show ĎIf youíre not having a good time, itís your own damn