Chaos meets the everyman in Frisco
Ryan Summerlin March 8, 2013
Self-described as Rocky Mountain fiddle rock, James and The Devil play The Barkley Ballroom in Frisco on Saturday. The group graces stages at music festivals across the country and dropped its first full-length album, “Altitude Sickness,” in May 2011. Members say the band’s songs are for every demographic, old and young, and that fans include “dreamers, drinkers, thinkers and smokers.” Here, rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist Jim Campbell breaks it down a bit more:
What constitutes “Rocky
Mountain fiddle rock?”
It’s music we made here in Colorado that we spend a lot of time touring through the Rocky Mountain region. We take whatever genre of music each member is digging at the time, throw in original lyrics and add some electric guitar and fiddle. Every member has their own style; we are not a bluegrass or funk, country or reggae band, but a touch of each formed in the melting pot of rock that is the Colorado music scene.
Do you perform covers, too?
We perform mostly original sets, along with some choice covers we have favored over the years. The rule we try to stand by is if they aren’t alive, or touring the music anymore, it is fair game to be covered. We will break the rules on special occasions, and you can expect to see anything from Charlie Daniels to Rage Against The Machine, Floyd to Snoop Dogg – even mashups of classic hip-hop and rock songs woven throughout the evening.
Can you tell us about the new album you’re working on?
We have begun writing a slew of new tunes. I have personally tried taking a less general approach to storytelling. I am trying to make the songs more specific to my life and the lives surrounding us. You can expect anything from epic ballads to rapping, funky instrumentals and some upbeat themes. The songs are much more personal to me. I wanted to give the people who follow and appreciate the message we emit just a little more of my soul. The new songs are very live and full of energy and a ton of fun to play; (they) really get the crowd excited and moving. You can be sure to hear a lot of the new stuff at the show.
Where did the name come from?
It kind of serves as a yin-yang concept for me personally – James being the everyman, and The Devil representing the chaos in life.
What can concertgoers expect?
We have some choice cover mashups, a bit of disco bluegrass, some vocal-driven mountain rock and even some heavy fiddle funk to keep the energy moving and dance floor grooving.
Is there anything you’d
like to add?
We will be playing two full sets this Saturday the 9th; doors are at 9 p.m., and we hit around 10 p.m., and we can’t wait to have some fun with ya’ll.