Formed in Denver, Colorado, James and The Devil perform their own brand of music, best described as Rocky Mountain Fiddle Rock.
Rhythm Guitarist & Lyricist, Jim Campbell, brings a unique element, providing a clever assortment of song writing, rapidly delivering intense vocal performances.
Leading the band on the Violin, David Ross, takes a progressive approach to his Fiddle-Style, drawing from years of traditional experience, and sawing on the strings to whatever genre is thrown his way.
J & the D, Bassist, Adam Carpenter, holds down the low-end, with an extensive background in music theory, punching in, and pushing out sound- A slapping, singing, and dancing, machine.
J&theD, Drummer, Matt Stoner, keeps the thunder thumping, metal crashing, and the people moving. A former producer, writer, and composer of the Rock Style.
Lead Guitarist, Percussionist, and Jack-of-all-Instruments, Buz Crutchfield, bringing a multitude of live experience, joined J&theD in 2009 to complete the 5-piece!
J & The D dropped their much-awaited first full-length album Altitude Sickness in May 2011 to massive crowds throughout CO and large music festivals across the country. Their songs are for every demographic, old and young. Their fans are made up of dreamers, drinkers, thinkers, and smokers.
James and The Devil is currently tracking and recording their sophomore album, over the winter of 2013. Keep an ear out for what is sure to be a huge musical release by J & The D on the music scene in 2014.
Jim Campbell - Acoustic Guitar, Lead Vocal
Buz Crutchfield - Electric Guitar, "Jack of all trades"
Dave Ross - Violin, Fiddle
Adam Carpenter - Bass
Matt Stoner - Drums
James and The Devil - James and The Devil EP 2008
James and The Devil - Altitude Sickness, May 2011
Green River Vibe Collaboration - All These Years (Single) 2012
James and The Devil - Live @ The Bluebird Theater, May 2012
James and the Devil - Carol of the Bells (Single), Dec 2012
James and the Devil - Sample This, July 2013
James and the Devil brought it. Big time.
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With that being said, James and the Devil brought it. Big time. Dedicated fans, incredible musicians...With that being said, James and the Devil brought it. Big time. Dedicated fans, incredible musicianship and a stage presentation that people talk about the next day to their friends. They didn’t win because of judges. They didn’t win for the reason that CMB liked them. They won because the music spoke to music lovers and that’s how they got the ballots circled.
With a unique blend of acoustic rock, Jim Campbell and team have created a unique niche that can’t be compared. The showmanship and production level is what you would expect from a national level touring band, yet the humbleness and worship for the simple state of music abounds from the stage and in each band member.
Get to know James and the Devil better…You will continue to hear more and more from them as they follow the revelation and modus operandi for success: Great songwriting, unbelievable performances, and a proclivity for creating grand memories for music fans.
CMB: Tell us your band members and what they play:
Jim Campbell- Lead Vocals, Acoustic/Rhythm Guitar
Adam Carpenter- Bass, Vocals
Matt Stoner- Drums
Dave Ross- Fiddle
Buz Crutchfield- Electric/Lead Guitar, Vocals
CMB: Tell us how the band was formed and how you got the vision for music.
James and the Devil formed as a group of like-minded individuals with a common goal; to write and perform great songs. Jim and Matt met at Jim’s Golden Colorado basement in 2005 and played their first show together two days later with visions for a bright future firmly sparked that night. You see, Dave Ross was playing in a different band at the same venue that same night, and it was obvious that Dave would be an integral addition to the band. Within a year, Dave had joined the band. Adam was next to join up bringing with him a new passion and drive for success that propelled J and the D to the forefront of the Colorado music scene. Buz, a musical “jack of all trades,” moved in across the street from J and the D’s house just when the band was in need of a new lead guitar player in late 2009. He happened to be a perfect fit, he joined, and the band was complete. We are a “band of brothers” who love the live show and Rock n Roll.
CMB: How did you come up with the name for the band?
The idea was that every person in the world has a struggle, or a demon to overcome. James is a very common name, and the Devil is a very familiar associate of the common man…however unwelcome. Basically, it’s the average guy and his struggle.
CMB: You have a unique blend of musical styles. What are your musical influences?
Each individual has a very different musical background and we all have different heroes; from folk music to heavy metal and from hip hop to punk rock. The places each individual band mate has been musically in the past certainly influences how we all approach song writing and affects our style… but what matters most is what happens when the lights go up and the amps turn on and we are playing together, feeding off each other, swapping energy. At that point our main influence is the other 4 guys on stage.
CMB: Give us a brief overview of some of the accomplishments you have to date.
We have enjoyed a tremendous amount of success in the high country and we are very thankful for it. Our schedule is an accomplishment in it’s self as we play almost every major Colorado city and small town with a stage in it at least once a year, and we rarely take a weekend off. We are one of the hardest working bands in Colorado racking up well over 100 gigs a year for the past 3 years. We have developed the most amazing fans touring up and down the Rocky Mountains. J and the D fans are the rowdiest, most life-loving people. They will pack into the smallest bars or file into the big music theaters, it doesn’t seem to mater. When they show up, the party is on! This is a major source of pride for us.
CMB: What are the goals for 2011 and beyond?
2011 is already looking pretty good with lots of great shows and festivals lined up. (schedule is online and Jamesandthedevil.com) The goal is simple: Play as often as possible, for as many people as possible, for as long as possible…and maybe try to make a little money doing it. The future is bright and we are optimistic.
CMB: What was the experience like with the BandWagon 2 contest?
We had a blast! Everything was organized and executed very well by CMB and the Summit Music Hall. We couldn’t have asked for a better Venue and a better group of bands to play with. There wasn’t a weak link in the event. The fans were absolutely amazing. The recognition of our hard work is really nice, and at the same time we are humbled by the revelation of the vast amount of musical talent there is here in Denver.
CMB: Any new recordings or videos in the works?
We are currently finishing up in the recording studio. Work on our first full length CD will be done in a few weeks and we plan to release the CD in April, 2011.
CMB: If you could ask yourselves one question, what would it be?
Q: What are you going to name the new CD?
A: We don’t know yet
CMB: Its 2:30am – where do you go to hangout at or eat?
Depends on what town we are in. When we are in Denver we usually head home and have some beers, and eat whatever requires the least amount of preparation. When we are on the road it isn’t much different; we usually head back to our hotel and have some beers, and eat whatever takes the least amount of preparation.
CMB: What are your vices?
Are you a cop? ….Rock’n’Roll
CMB: Shout outs to other bands/fans:
We played with Places in all three rounds of the competition, and they gave us a run for our money. We have a great deal of respect for those guys and look forward to playing together with them again in the future under less competitive circumstances. Every member of James and the Devil is a true fan of Places. Fire in the Asylum, T-Shirts for Tomorrow, Lost Point… we played with some great bands in this competition. All the bands humbled us in one way or another and we are thankful for the opportunity to have played with them. Without question, our fans were the biggest part of our success in the competition. They were outstanding.
CMB: Favorite venues in Denver.
The Fillmore, Summit Music Hall, The Gothic, The Oriental…Red Rocks!
CMB: Do you really love CMB?
CMB: Any other things you want the readers to know?
We have a 1990 Ford E350 Club Wagon Van for sale or trade. No radio, lots of rust, missing drivers side mirror, and needs transmission. Call Dave for a test drive (bring tow truck and replacement van).
James and the Devil's innovative sound isn't limited by style
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As anyone who's heard the act's music can tell you, fusing styles is something in which Jame...As anyone who's heard the act's music can tell you, fusing styles is something in which James and the Devil clearly excels. You can hear it in cuts like "Last Call," which feels like Primus meets Rage Against the Machine, or on "Jekyll," a funk-laden cut on which Campbell raps with auctioneer-style quickness.
Colorado Music Buzz: Best Band in Denver
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These guys are the ultimate Colorado band....Rather than classify them in just one genre, they shoul...These guys are the ultimate Colorado band....Rather than classify them in just one genre, they should just be called “Colorado style rock.”
Fox Theater 2/20/2012
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Violinist/Vocalist Dave Ross is an incredibly talented individual and brought a down-home country vi...Violinist/Vocalist Dave Ross is an incredibly talented individual and brought a down-home country vibe to their sound that I absolutely loved. This vibe was paired with hip-hop style lyricism from lead vocalist James Campbell, as well as some tight vocal harmonies that really rounded out their sound. These elements of music were not things that I invisioned would work well together, but James and the Devil did an excellent job in fusing together seemingly opposed genres in a way that felt natural, organic, and new. I had no idea what to expect when they took the stage, and was thoroughly impressed by the time their set was through.
Chu Be Mi Chica
Flight of the Moth
All Night Long
The Only Thing
Good Green Chili
Sip On This
No Big D
Need A Fix