JLB - James Little Band
Steam Magazine - South Texas Entertainment Art Music|February 2017

JLB - James Little Band

I know you sang a lot of karaoke, what made you want to go from karaoke to a band?

I'd really always wanted to be in a band and the idea started about four years ago. One night this old guy comes up and tells me that I should be in a band and I said, “Okay, I appreciate that. Thank you,” and then he starts rattling off how much it's going to cost me to do it. So I told him to hold on there and let me start from the ground up. I had just had back surgery, so I decided I’d use my time off to start up a band. A couple months later Chris (Hays) and I started playing together.

Were you and Chris friends before or did you meet because of the band?

I'd only lived here in Corpus for about 2 years when I had decided to put a band together and my friends told me to go on Craigslist and advertise for it. I was from Irving so I didn't know a lot of people, so that’s what I did and got some good responses. Chris was one of them and he said he could play piano and wanted to take up guitar. Really it just took off from there. We’ve been best friends since.

Basically you guys are the band. Have you're always wanted to do Texas Country or Country music?

I always wanted to do Country and my dad was a DJ, so I heard a lot of it. One of the first pictures I can remember is with me playing on a Smurf guitar. I also remember crawling up on my mom's coffee table pretending to sing into a microphone in front of people.

I remember when you and Chris first got together and I (Rusty) was helping you guys out while you were getting your chops together.

Yes, that’s true. You really gave us a lot of insight. Really it’s because of you and a lot of good friends who have given us a good foundation. And I’ve learned something from everybody I work with.

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