About James Willhite
Singer/songwriter/guitarist James Willhite was born in Maryland in the spring of 1981. He took up piano at the age of 10 and later began to find his voice. Willhite spent time attending Florida State University on a swimming scholarship, but eventually realized he was destined to play the guitar. He picked up an acoustic in early 2002, then a Fender Stratocaster in 2006 and hasn’t put it down since.
In late 2007, Willhite met percussionist Ross Friend at a Starbucks in South Florida. Friend, who had been playing drums since around the age of 5, sat in with Willhite on a few acoustic songs out on the coffee shop patio. That night a musical bond was formed between the two and they have been working together ever since.
The next logical step was to enter the studio. The Story Unfolds EP was recorded in June/July of 2008 with production & recording by Jamie and Ginny Wilson as well as Erin Ronsen lending his talents on bass guitar. The outcome is merely the beginning of a long journey the duo hope to embark on. James and Ross, along with James’ brother and guitarist Noel Willhite, will be heading back into the studio to continue recording soon. Their next project, a six song acoustic inspired EP, in tentatively scheduled for release in early 2009.
James and Ross’ live shows are a blend of both electric & acoustic guitars, traditional drums, and afro-cuban percussion which provides a unique acoustic sound with hints of blues, reggae and alternative influences. The duo performs Willhite’s more than a dozen original songs as well as covers by artists such as Radiohead, Bob Marley, John Mayer, SRV, Jack Johnson, Rhett Miller, Eddie Vedder and more.
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