The term “old soul” has been used more often than not to describe James Riley. His mom’s Elvis albums and movies like American Graffiti and Buddy Holly Story helped shape his musical tastes as a kid growing up in Louisville, KY in the 70’s that continue to this day. Riley got a BA degree in Communication Arts at Georgetown College in Georgetown, KY where he took an active role at WRVG on campus. He’s been a fixture in the radio promotions scene since moving to Nashville in 1993 having worked for a variety of Christian record companies such as Word, Provident, Inpop and R.E.X. Records and now heads up Old Fashioned Radio Publicity to focus Ameripolitan, Americana, Blues and other roots radio formats. After years of wanting to expand in the rockabilly & roots world, James began Rockabilly N Blues Radio Hour in early 2014 to continue expanding his musical passion.
The show is a unique blend of modern and vintage rockabilly, blues, Ameripolitan, Americana, surf, early country and rock & roll. It’s now heard on over 150 stations worldwide each week and contains exclusive interviews with artists such as Dion, John Fogerty, Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Duane Eddy, Brenda Lee, The Beach Boys, Billy Burnette, Dale Watson, Dick Dale, Reverend Horton Heat, JD McPherson, Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin (The Blasters) and many, many more. In 2016, Riley was nominated for DJ Of The Year at the Ameripolitan Music Awards and again in 2017 when he won the award.
He can often be seen doing MC duties at various festival and concert events as well as with a microphone in front of new and heritage artists telling their stories to help keep this great music alive!
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