There are a number of stellar musicians in this town who play on a regular basis, and it's easy to take for granted that they will always be around. Sadly, we're about to lose one of Boise's brightest stars. Not to anything tragic, fortunately. Jeremiah James is putting on his cowboy boots, slinging his guitar case over his shoulder and heading to the country music capital of the world: Nashville.
Since hitting the Boise music scene, it's been clear why comparisons to the Man In Black and Hank Williams are not without merit when it comes to James' music. His honky-tonk/Americana/rock/country music is raw, real and all his own. His lyrics are simple and based on personal experiences like good country songs usually are. At the music game for only a couple of years, James has put out an album, Sounds Like Home, (still available at www.cdbaby.com/cd/jeremiahjames), opened for the likes of Robert Earl Keen and made a name for himself not just in Boise but around the West. When I called him recently, he'd just come back from a trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where he'd done a few shows. While James loves living in Boise, he knows that to see if this singing-for-a-living thing is going to work, he's going to have to spread his wings and fly.
So, with the help of (and some introductions from) Idaho country music legend Pinto Bennett, James is going to pack up and head down South. After seeing James play a wedding, in bars, in a record store and a little coffee shop, I wouldn't be surprised if the next time I see him I'm in my living room and he's on the big-screen accepting an award for Best New Musician in the country music category.
You have three final chances to see and hear James live: Nov. 15, FREE, 9:30 p.m. at The Plank, 650 S. Vista Ave., 336-1790; Nov. 18, with Pinto Bennett, 8 p.m., $10, at the Visual Arts Collective, 1419 Grove St., 424-8297; and lastly on Nov. 22, 9:30 p.m., $3, Shorty's Saloon, 5467 Glenwood St., 672-9090.