9/4/2002

Whiton play bass

Filed under:General — eric @ 5:15 am

James Whiton plays double bass. He plays double bass as creatively and as well as anyone I’ve ever heard. He used to be in a band that should’ve been huge, Apricot Jam. They played around the southwest (mostly New Mexico) for a few years before moving to Portland and then splitting up. In the middle of his stint with that band, James had a motorcycle accident and shattered his bass-playing arm. Turned a good chunk of the bone to dust. He remained consious enough to make sure the ER docs didn’t cut it off and then proceeded to nurse it back to shape again, pulling off one miracle after another through sheer determination. Seeing him on his comeback tour with the Jam was one of the most inspriational things I’ve witnessed.

James is still making beautiful music in Seattle, as a tour of his webpages reveals. He has music for sale (including the Jam CD I never managed to aquire until now). His new stuff, though different from the Jam, is still first class. He’s got several free MP3s available — give him a listen.

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