James Hand
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James Hand


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"Friday Night Lights Season Opener"

James & the Band performed on an episode of Friday Night Lights filmed in January. Look for it at NBC.com.

James makes his appearance during the last 10 minutes of the episode.

You can hear him singing DON'T TELL ME THAT, and LITTLE BITTY SLIP. - NBC

"Mojo Music"

"If you love country and western, look no further...an unexpected treat." - Max Decharne - MOJO MUSIC

"The Austin Chronicle"

"When Hand sings his dark, world-weary songs, it stops everyone within earshot in their tracks." -Jim Caligiuri - The Austin Chronicle

"The Washington Post"

"The real deal" - Buzz McClain - THE WASHINGTON POST

"The Philadelphia Inquirer"

"Hand is an almost too-good-to-be-true honky-tonker cut from classic cloth." - Nick Cristiano - The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Austin-American Statesman"

"...he's got the gift for honest, direct songwriting and the voice to match." - Michael Corcoran - Austin-American Statesman

"The Hollywood Reporter"

"..robust, authentic honky-tonk music....THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE is a brilliantly cut honky-tonk gem." - Chris Morris - The Hollywood Reporter

"Music Row"

"His tremolo, lonesome wail, and pleading tone mark him as a honky-tonk master throughout an amazing set." - Robert Oermann - Music Row

"AMG All Music"

"THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE shows there are still some real country singers and songwriters out there playing it raw and real and waiting to be heard, and Hand's soulful, heartfelt music is a joy to hear." - Mark Deming - AMG All Music


Shadows Where The Magic Was - 1999
Live at the Saxon Pub - 2001
Evil Things - 2003
The Truth Will Set You Free - 2006
Shadow on the Ground - 2009
Live at the Luminaire in London - 2010



Born in a small town outside of Waco, Texas - it seemed that life steered James Hand toward the life of a country singer. James didn't choose the life he lives, it chose him. Perhaps when he sat on Lefty Frizzell's lap when he was six months old, fate had already been decided for him. There is nothing fake, false, or counterfeit about James Hand, which is why Willie Nelson calls him "The Real Deal!" To hear James Hand is to love his music, and once you’ve been entranced by his sound, you won’t be able to get enough of it.

Ray Benson and Lloyd Maines have called James “the best kept secret in country music today” and have produced his last two albums on Rounder Records. James’ band members include Will Indian on lead guitar, the legendary Speedy Sparks on bass, and John McGlothlin rounding it out on the drums. When available, Cindy Cashdollar adds to the band with her fantastic steel guitar festival .

If you happen by a bar and you hear the lonesome moan of a singer rifting from inside who tells a story of heartache and misery, or perhaps an upbeat rockabilly song about being chased by the rabid dog of an ex, you may be hearing James Hand. Step inside and give a listen, you will never regret it.