Listening to his older brother play fiddle and piano as a toddler fostered a lifelong passion within James Moore for music. A Lexington Kentucky native, he began taking piano lessons at age six with the encouragement of his mother. By the 4th grade he had picked up the violin and at 12 started playing guitar with the help of some very motivational teachers who saw the potential for musical greatness. Two short years later, James started playing and writing original music with various junior high and high school rock bands. In spite of his promising future in music, by 16, alcoholism had crept into his life. Slowly everything around him started taking the backseat...to alcohol. High school educational placements at sites such as channel 27, KET, photography businesses, commercial shooting agencies, and recording studios...the opportunities came and went as his drinking progressed.
By the age of 18, James was a daily drinker and was waking up to a drink in his hand most mornings. He attended college, and was an ‘associate member’ of AA, going to meetings off and on, for about seven years, while continuing to drink heavily and wrestling with the demons inside himself. It wasn’t until August of 1992, that he finally became willing to do anything to stay sober. At the age of 25, James realized he was going to die without serious help. With a history of multiple ER visits due to alcohol poisoning, and unsuccessful attempts at treatment programs, it was only a matter of time before it took him out. In desperation, he contacted a friend from the meetings, who then referred him to the man who saved his life, Bob M. Bob was instrumental in helping get James through his first 24 hours of sobriety and for the first time James wanted to change. With the help of friends, fellow AA members, a new sponsor, Stan, and the will to survive, and most importantly, God, he was able to break the chains that bound him a day at a time.
In early sobriety, James found a new purpose in the pursuit of the profession of social work. He obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, then eventually his LCSW; in which he practices today. Yet, through all these hardships, he maintained his love and pursuit of music. Fast forward 26 years, James is a multi-instrumentalist specializing in acoustic and electric guitar playing, as well as bass, mandolin, dobro, and recently Jazz banjo. For him, music is therapy and an integral part of his continued recovery process. His wide-ranging, comprehensive style was shaped by influences, such as Mark Knopfler, Jimmy Vaughan, Tony Rice, Jimmy Page, Robert Cray and Stevie Ray Vaughan. James creates a variety of music with various stringed instruments in rock, blues, jazz, swing, bluegrass, Irish fiddle music, and folk. Playing guitar for over 38 years and touring with various bands in and out of the state of Kentucky, he has had special guest appearances on KET, including In Performance at the Governor’s Mansion, the Master Musicians Festival, and performed live at the Black Mountain Festival in Ashville, NC. With the debut of the Kentucky tribute album, 'Bluegrass & Roses' and the integration within the Kentucky Arts Council the future is looking bright for James and his duo.
James lives in Lexington, Kentucky with his wife Marlee and two daughters, Amelia and Olivia.