Brad James’ love for music began at an early age, when an older cousin came to visit and brought along a couple of records: The Allman Bros. Band & Eric Clapton 461 Ocean Blvd. Brad began playing guitar upon arriving in Stillwater, OK as a freshman at OSU, where he was quickly immersed in what would become the Red Dirt Music family tree. As a founding member of Medicine Show, the popular Stillwater/Tulsa based band, Brad wrote, toured, and recorded with the band from 1990-98. Medicine Show built a strong following in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Texas, often playing shows with the likes of Govt Mule, Zero, Cate Brothers Band, and more. After Medicine Show, Brad played with Steve Pryor Band, toured with with Brandon Jenkins and Stoney LaRue, and began a residency with Tom Skinner’s Science Project. Strongly influenced by the melting pot of genres that is Tulsa Rock-n-Roll, Brad James Band was founded in 2011. Strong strains of JJ Cale, Leon Russell, Eric Clapton, The Band, The Grateful Dead, the Allman Bros Band, and other tasty nuggets are heard in their live performances. The original music reveals the influence of the Red Dirt background, while psychedelic transpirational music strongly informs the approach to live ensemble playing.
What can you expect to ‘experience’ at a Brad James Band Concert?
Expect the band to pick a great song, set up a deep groove, then reach for the inspiration that is found when close friends, the band, and audience…create music with and for each other.