James Jean and music

James Jean is an American indie alt-rock artist and singer-songwriter from Austin, Texas. James performs locally and has shared the stage with the likes of Austin-based artists Lauren Diamond, Brandon Wayne DeMaris, Mike Hidalgo (Obsolete Machines) Chris Beall (South Austin Moonlighters), Carson McHone, Shane Smith & The Saints, Jeff Plankenhorn, Scrappy Jud Newcomb, Matt Giles, Ellen Bryant, Ray Prim, Born Again Virgin, The Nightowls, Dossey, Sounds Under Radio and many more.

James’ original compositions feature a variety of lyrical styles and musical composition, with primary influences drawing upon jazz, country, western, folk, punk and rock from the 60s, 70s and 80s. James performs as an acoustic solo act, and with a full band, featuring strong rhythmic, percussive acoustic guitar, electric guitar, beats and synth sounds.

James Jean at The Townsend Listening Room

Recent releases

James Jean released his first project as a solo artist in December 2016, a full-length album of alt-country, singer-songwriter originals titled Gimme Space. Since then, James has released two more singles in 2018, “Summerhead” and “Hole In My Pocket”.

James Jean music is available for purchase on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play and anywhere that music is streamed or downloaded. 

James Jean Gimme Space (2016)

James Jean Band

Initially active from 1995-2005, James fronted the James Jean Band, which played local venues and festivals, and toured the lower 48 states until the group disbanded in July 2005. The James Jean Band was comprised of Bob Kennedy (bass), Cory Heerlein (drums), Amanda Justice (saxophone) and Mike Woodard (keys).

The James Jean Band self-produced and independently released a full-length album Come Broken (2003), a full-length live recording Boundless (2004) and a 7-song EP Better Things (2005).

James Jean Band at Pecan Street Festival (2004)

Early years in Austin

James arrived Austin in the early 90s at the age of 21. Austin was experiencing the crescendo of its “Live Music Capitol” status in those days, preceding the dotcom explosion, which largely changed the face of the town. There were the Vaughn brothers, of course, but legendary guitarists, musicians and singer-songwriters were everywhere you turned. Charlie Sexton and the Archangels were hot. Bob Schneider was a prolific up-and-comer with a lot of momentum, and Townes Van Zandt could still be found playing live at the Cactus Cafe. Sinking roots into all this was the only thing to do.