JAMES “EARACHE” SHOUSE, MUSIC HISTORY: As a lead singer/arranger and contractor Earache has had the opportunity to work, share the stage, & jam with many players including BILL & JAMES MONROE, JIMMY MARTIN, DOUG DILLARD, RONNIE STONEMAN, JO-EL SONNIER, RANDY HOWARD, TERRI CLARK, DR. WAYNE KIRBY, WAYNE NEWTON, WILLIE NELSON and many others. Growing up playing 5-string banjo, in 1972 Earache began his study on the violin with GEORGE CLAYBORN, a veteran BOB WILLS fiddler. After moving to Nashville in the early 80's he continued his studies with the Late World Renown Master Fiddler RANDY HOWARD for over a decade as well as studying under MARK O'CONNOR at Blair School of Music, Nashville, TN in 1994. From 1974 through 1984 he toured extensively performing Bluegrass, Country, Pop, Rock, Rockabilly, Jazz, & Fusion throughout the Las Vegas/Reno/Tahoe & Southern California Circuit. Venues such as the Famed Pasadena Ice House, The Palomino Club in North Hollywood, The Troubadour, Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, The Frontier Hotel & Union Plaza and the Dunes in Las Vegas with groups such as ‘The Oates Brothers’, his own group ‘Natchez Trace’, as well as performing as a sideman with many numerous acts as an ‘on call’ Las Vegas Union Musician. After relocating to Nashville, Earache began playing private parties in the Hickman County, TN area in 1984 and began writing. Earache plays Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Mandolin, French Harp, Violin, and Banjo. Earache supported & assisted in the development of the Southern Nevada Bluegrass Music Society and the National Old-Time Fiddlers Chapter in Las Vegas, NV in the late 1970’s. He has won numerous Fiddle & Banjo Contests throughout the Southeast including winning his division at the Kentucky State Fiddlers Convention 91’ and the KY State Bluegrass Band in 2000 and 2001. As a BMI Writer, Publisher, and Producer, based out of Centerville, TN, his self-released album in the late 90's entitled 'AIN'T NO PART O' NOTHIN' consisting of americana/bluegrass music, has received substantial radio play on both coasts.
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