James Dean Claitor is from Louisiana, and I grew up on music in the South.
Many bands and artists there influenced me, including early band mates.
I was replacement bassist for Tempest when Randy Jackson left for Dr John.
Later, I gigged with Randy's brother Herman on drums and Kinny Landrum on keys.
Thanks to bandleader John Gerbrect, Jr for those days. Also Walter Grammer and his crew. And Jimmy Chick, too!
Also to Lynn Ourso and John Fred at Deep South Recorders.
Influences include James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Carole King, Paul Simon.
Recently, I like John Mayer, Alison Krouse and the Kinks again.
Of course the Beatles, Stones, Moody Blues, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn.
B.B. King, Chic Corea, Gatemouth Brown, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Mercer, Webb, Goodman, Hampton, Herman.
Lately, I've just written a lot of love songs and jazzy instrumentals with incidental lyrics.
I'm not a great musician or singer or even that talented as a composer.
Really, if anything, I have an ear for melody and maybe a catchy tune occasionally.
I've written over 130 songs, and I've chosen what I think are best.
Hopefully, that's enough to entertain and amuse you...