Marty James

Marty JamesMarty’s musical career began with piano lessons at age 4.  At the age of 9, he started studying the classical violin, leading to performances with the Richmond, Oakland, and San Francisco Symphonies, and a Glenn Miller style orchestra.

Marty was drawn to County and Western Swing music while stationed overseas with the U.S. Air Force and won many fiddling and jazz contests during that time, leading up to an appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show.  After completing his military commitment, Marty returned home to the San Francisco Bay area and played many major venues all over California, opening for various artists, including Judy Lynn, The Judds, Little Jimmy Dickens, Bob Wills, Tommy Duncan, Johnny Cash, George Strait, and Patsy Cline.

Marty moved to eastern NC about 10 years ago.  He was inducted into the Western Swing Society Hall of Fame in 1997 and returns to Sacramento every October for the Hall of Fame Reunion.

Since moving to NC, Marty has performed with several bands, and has been a regular at the Crystal Coast Jamboree in Morehead City and the Forever – Patsy Cline Show in Jacksonville.  Marty also enjoys donating his spare time by sharing his musical talents with the residents at several local assisted living facilities.

Marty has been playing with the Cold Biscuit Band since October, 2008.  His musical style and stage performance is a delightful addition to the band’s eclectic style.