James has continued to play live as a solo performer as well as with bands. He has opened for countless national touring bands such as Blues Traveler, Sonny Landreth, Gov’t Mule, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, King’s X, and many more.
For two years running he was the regional winner in Guitar Center’s King of the Blues guitar competition. James owns and operates Central Iowa Music Lab, a music lesson studio in Des Moines, Iowa. He currently oversees 9 other instructors as well as almost 200 students. CIML teaches private lessons as well as Rock Band classes, getting students to work together as a team and learn the importance of making the whole thing sound good, not just individuals.
Besides his dedication to music and his many students, James is a devoted husband and father of three boys.