Born on August 25, 1981, James Crabtree was destined to have music a major part of his life. Growing up, he strived to learn as many instruments as he possibly could including piano and the saxophone. Upon graduating high school, he joined the United States Air Force.
When his service was complete in the Air Force, he relocated to Richmond, Virginia where he interned at the Sound of Music Recording Studios.
Moving to the thriving art and creative scene of Asheville, North Carolina in 2002 proved to be a monumental move as this is where he met Jerod Jacobs. Immediately, he began playing bass, keyboards and on occasion, the guitar in the rock band, That Outré Hammer. While playing a multitude of local music halls and venues, they played to a packed house at Vincent’s Ear tapping into the glam rock era wearing full make-up and dressed up in drag.
Upon relocating back to Richmond, Virginia, James honed his roadie skills “behind the scenes” for musicians Wilco, Ryan Adams, Willie Nelson and The Flaming Lips. Providing audio, lighting and backline support.
2007 reunited him with former band mate, Jerod Jacobs and Jacobs’ new band, Boo Robot, in the studio where they recorded the “Salisbury Hoax Sampler”.
In 2010 James composed the music for the silent film “At the Café” and released an instrumental EP entitled “Eight of Wands”, which features music from the film.