James Hand











James Hand
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JAMES HAND Tokyo, Texas; 1953 - "Folks, like I said before and it's STILL true, James Hand is the real deal!" - Willie Nelson Though he's been making powerful original music for nearly four decades, James Hand has unjustly remained one of American music's secret treasures - a local legend, modestly plying his craft in countless smoky dives and dancehalls to a slowly widening circle of admirers. What he does, he does straight from his heart, taking the hard-won lessons that life and love have taught him and pouring them into his songwriting and performing. "I don't sing like anybody," he admits with a shy, sly smile, "and I don't look like Kenny Chesney." He's right: he sings like nobody but himself, his phrasing drawing out the pain and humor of his lyrics with an unpredictable yet soulful series of tiny inflections. His songs are equally mysterious and unclassifiable. While they are noticeably rich with the influences of his heroes - classic country architects like Hank, Lefty, and Ernest - Hand's songs are uniquely his, imbued with equal parts gallows humor and the ability to stare unflinchingly into life's darkest corners. When he's not onstage, Hand has carved out a niche for himself as a horse trainer. "When it comes to horses," he says, "people act like it's some big deal - like this whole horse whispering thing. But I'll tell you something: you can whisper to 'em, you can get down on your knees and act like 'em, but the horse knows you ain't a horse." That offhand remark says a lot about James Hand - he knows who he is, and onstage and off he's the same man: soft-spoken, achingly polite, and genuine.
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09/15/2008 - James Hand finishes recording new CD - Read More
12/17/2006 - At age 54, country singer releases his emotion-filled first recording - Read More
09/09/2006 - James (Slim) Hand - Read More
08/30/2006 - Late bloomer grasps ‘Truth’ about country - Read More
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Average Rating : 4.8              Total Reviews: 17


James Hand  10/14/2008            
Miss Em
Whatever this man sings is pure. Forget studio engineering. Turn off the gizmos. Just listen and you will know a true heart wrote the warm words that touch our souls. Why has it taken so long for the world to notice?
James Hand  09/22/2008            
countrified
Went to hear James Hand for the first time in several years. Deja vu all over again. Same show that I had witnessed years before. How about a little effort James? something new? Just like the Croc Dundee movie where CD turns on the tv for the first time in 30 years and sees the same "Lucy Show." That is what I saw. lol
James Hand  04/24/2008            
Denver Koon
James Hand is the a Country Music treasure. You owe it to yourself to include one of his CD's in your library. Give him a listen and you will be happy that you did. Close your eyes and allow yourself to be carried away by a true Texas Trubador. All I can Say is Hank really did do it this way!!!People such as Ray Benson, Loyd Maines, Willie Nelson, Ray Price, George Hamilton IV, Billy Joe Shaver, Kris Kristofferson and other music industry people from Austin, to Nashville, to London have all been knocked over by James Hands dedication to REAL Country Music. Songwriter and Singer, if you want to hear the real deal, catch James Hand live.
James Hand  01/27/2008            
Tee Broome
Just started hearing him on XM radio. I think Slim is as good as any Country singer known. I just got his touring schedule and you can bet I will catch a show soon. The song "Why don't you hold me" blew me away. Also I think the "new county" is not country and it sucks.
James Hand  05/01/2007            
Megan Van Winkle
I've grown up singing uncle jame's songs..and they never get old. He truly is the REAL DEAL. I love his music, its honest and true and you cant find much of that today anymore. As slim would say to me..All my love, Megan
James Hand  03/19/2007            
susie
FINALLY THEY ARE PLAYING JAMES HAND'S SONGS ON XM 13 RADIO. IT'S ABOUT TIME.!!!! OF COURSE, WILLIE NELSON IN A BIG FAN OF JAMES HAND'S TRADITIONAL COUNTRY MUSIC. KEEP SINGING YOUR GREAT COUNTRY MUSIC
James Hand  03/19/2007            
susie
FINALLY THEY ARE PLAYING JAMES HAND'S SONGS ON XM 13 RADIO. IT'S ABOUT TIME.!!!! OF COURSE, WILLIE NELSON IN A BIG FAN OF JAMES HAND'S TRADITIONAL COUNTRY MUSIC. IT UP THE GREAT COUNTRY MUSIC
James Hand  08/01/2006            
Boss Hoss
James Hand is Mr Honky Tonk. Someone should send Trace Adkins James CD's so he would know what real honky tonk music is suppose to sound like.
James Hand  07/28/2006            
Eric
I heard a James Hand song on the radio while driving through Austin one afternoon. I'd not heard any of his music before, but now I can't get enough of it. Pure, tradtional, heart-breaking, honky-tonk music. A mix between old Hank, Merle, and Buck. But in the end it's just good music.
James Hand  03/06/2006            
THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE
Good songs even if they've been heard before. I was dissapointed to hear herb steiner left but on this CD you get Lloyd Maines and Redd Volkaert... it swings high and it swings low... GET THE CD if you love your country twang and free from "epic-drawn-out-long story short" lyrics... this is pure honky tonk simple and real
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