The James Radford Band plays country and southern rock. They are from Spartanburg. James is the son of two time Grammy nominated guitarist Ronald Radford and was born with music running deep in his blood. Rooted in music from both sides of his parents, he was raised around music and musicians from birth. Watching his father make a life for him and his family with music, all the while chasing his dreams and furthering his career. Watching with a close eye James saw his father play the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville Tennesse and realized his dream of one day playing the Opry and touring as a job and a dream.
As he grew and learned, teaching himself to play listening to Merle Haggard and George Jones influence by his dad and Three Dog Night and Atlanta Rhythm Section by his mom, Radford took everything he heard and became the versatile guitarist he has developed into today.
“I remember playing my dad’s guitar when I was younger and he would show me a chord and when he left the room I would turn the guitar upside down and play the chord with much more confidence”. “When I was younger finding left handed guitars in music stores mostly never happened, and I didn’t have the money to purchase one myself”.
Radford learned to play upside down on a right handed guitar until his mother and father saw he was serious and was developing his skills. He received his first left handed guitar for his 12th birthday, a stratocaster from Cort guitars. “That was the turning point for me” says Radford. “There was no stopping me from playing at that point.”
He played early Saturday morning bluegrass jams with a group of seniors in his neighborhood and formed a rock and roll band with his friends from school. “My mom would come in my bedroom at night and take my guitar off of me becasue it was glued to my hands every moment I could play it.”