Darrin James is a multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter, composer and producer known for his serious, thought-provoking lyrics, his characteristic gravelly voice, and his eclectic production style. James's music combines the electric and gritty sounds of blues and rock with the acoustic, rootsy elements of folk, Americana and country, the tightly arranged horn sounds of funk and soul, and increasingly more flavors from around the globe, all the while still leaving room for improvisation and good old-fashioned jamming.
James has released three critically praised albums of original songs: Thrones of Gold (2006), The Lovely Ugly Truth (2009) and Strange Storm (2016). In 2018 James released the first album of his instrumental jazz-funk project, Disaster Relief, which was intended to provide an escape from all the negativity in the world in the form of a funky jazz In 2020, James collaborated with Detroit's "Queen of the Blues," Thornetta Davis, writing and producing Disaster Relief with Thornetta Davis: How I Feel, which bridges Disaster Relief's funk with Thornetta's blues and a fair amount of social commentary. It releases April 2021.
Darrin James was born in Kentucky, raised in Metro Detroit, and attended University of Michigan in the 90s, where he studied literature and music. He spent the first decade of the 2000s cutting his teeth in New York City where he released his first two albums and established himself in the Brooklyn music scene, performing at venues like Galapagos, Jalopy Theater, Southpaw, Pete's Candy Store, and more. In 2010 James returned to Ann Arbor, Michigan and became a fixture of the local and Detroit music scene, preforming regularly at places like the Blind Pig, Old Town Tavern, the Ark, and Cliff Bells. In 2014 James started Ravine Records and Ravine Studios A2 to focus on recording, producing, and releasing music on vinyl. James and Ravine have many new exciting releases on the horizon in 2021! To check out all of James's other projects, go to www.ravinerecords.com