James Meadows is a singer/songwriter who lives in Abingdon, VA. He originally grew up an hours drive north of Abingdon deep in the Appalachian Mountains near Grundy, Virginia. James spent eight years in Johnson City, TN where he attended college (completing two degrees) and worked while honing his musical abilities. Here he was involved with the ETSU Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music program where he was able to play in many bands featuring top notch talent from all over the world. James played in many different band combinations performing both bluegrass and country music around the area for the past few years. He decided to go solo and began songwriting in 2005. James moved to Abingdon, VA in the Summer of 2007 and started working as an Intensive In Home Family Counselor. James continued to play music and write his songs and in the Spring of 2008 he signed a publishing deal with Turning Leaves Publishing. From there he went on to form a partnership with several friends, and together they started "Dream Tree Records" an indie label backing his first album, titled "The Story of my Life". The recording was done in the Nashville studio of Skip Mitchell, former lead guitar player for The Oak Ridge Boys. The album features top notch session musicians from Nashville who have each played on many #1 hit recordings for many of country music's top artists. Dream Tree Records has also recently produced a professional music video of the hit song "Candle on a Cupcake" from the new album that, James says, features a little girl who will break your heart. Dream Tree Records is also proud to say that "Candle On A Cupcake" recently received an Honorable Mention in the 2009 Great American Song Contest. The music video is currently awaiting review to be played on CMT, but you can view it today on his main website or on Youtube.
James started up his band, just after his album officially released, called James Meadows & The Country Mile Drifters in August of 2008. The band is compiled of amazing professional musicians who put on a very high energy show with a huge set list filled with both fan/crowd requested and timeless Classic Country, Top 40 Country, Bluegrass, Southern Rock, and Originals that are sure to blow the walls off of any event or venue. The hard drive and skill they present is sure to impress even the most discerning musical critic! If a memorable night filled with your crowd dancing, laughing, and singing along to every song is what your after then look no further than James Meadows and The Country Mile Drifters! The band has been extremely well received both locally and regionally and are quickly becoming the most sought after Country Band in the area. They have opened shows for major Nashville Artists, played in front of thousands at major events, and they have also been the Headlining Act for many other large festivals over the past year. They have also played for Corporate Events, Weddings, and Private Parties. James Meadows is influenced by the Country Artist styles (just to name a few) of Conway Twitty, Keith Whitley, George Jones, Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, Dwight Yoakam, Marty Stuart, Randy Travis, Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Vern Gosdin, Doug Stone, Mark Chesnut, Tracy Lawrence, Clint Black, Daryle Singletary, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, George Strait, Joe Nichols, Blake Shelton, Josh Turner, Eric Church, Craig Morgan, and Brad Paisley. James also has many other musical influences that come out in his singing which vary from Bluegrass to Rock. His voice is very versatile and he uses his musical gift to put his own unique vocal twists on every song. James Meadows and The Country Mile Drifters are a very humble and passionate group of musicians and they have an excellent reputation for being extremely easy to work with. They always mingle with their fans and the crowd at every single show during each break they take. They are very open to what the crowd and venue owners have to say and have based the majority of their performance's on this feedback! Do not hesitate to have this band perform for your next event. You and you're crowd will be overwhelmed by the good times and great memories that this band will leave you with! James Meadows and The Country Mile Drifters are currently booking shows for 2010 and they are filling up fast so please contact James about availability and pricing.