Gene Watson Peer’s Quote from James House: October 2020

Gene Watson’s Peers within the country music industry believe in the sheer talent of this unassuming man from east Texas, so much so that Gene is regarded by many of them as ‘the singer’s singer’ – and rightly so!

All of Gene Watson’s Peers, who were contacted by The Gene Watson Fan Site, during 2020, were most gracious with their time and words.

It is here, within this special part of The Gene Watson Fan Site, that you have an opportunity to read a quote from James House, which he submitted to this site on Friday 16 October 2020.

Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to James House who has made a special contribution to a unique part of this online ‘celebration of a Lone Star Hero’.

James House

James House
This quote was submitted on Friday 16 October 2020.

‘Gene Watson personifies country music…not to mention he’s one of the best singers ever’

Thank you, James House, for your support of Gene Watson.

About James House…

James House

James House was born James Andrew House in Sacramento, California on Tuesday 22 March 1955, and was raised on his family’s ranch in southern Oregon.

James House has sung radio hits, written successful songs for others, built a studio and been a session musician and a record producer.

James House began performing solo shows directly after graduating from high school, eventually forming his own group, The House Band, which was later changed to Prisoner, and inking a deal with Curb Records / Warner Bros. Records.

In the early 1980s, The House Band moved to Los Angeles and issued one single before breaking up, but James House stayed in the area and became a sought-after voice in film, lending his talents to the soundtracks for a number of films, including ‘Teen Wolf II’, ‘Fire With Fire’, ‘Gleaming The Cube’, ‘Speed Zone’ and ‘He’s My Girl’.

When he began playing music on his own at the age of eighteen, James House gravitated to the sounds of The Beatles, Loggins & Messina, Van Morrison, Crosby, Stills & Nash and the like.


James House: 'James House' (Atlantic Records, 1983)

In 1983, James House took a plunge into rock music recording with a self-titled album for Atlantic Records, ‘James House’ (Atlantic Records, 1983), which included one track, which was released as a single on the Billboard Hot 100 pop music singles chart:

‘Steal Your Love Away’ (written by James House and Aaron Holmes) / this track was released as a single in 1983, but it did not chart

James House’s self-titled album, ‘James House’ (Atlantic Records, 1983), also included the following tracks:

‘Cool Boy In Spain’ (written by James House and Aaron Holmes)
‘Outside’ (written by James House and Aaron Holmes)
‘Wait For Me’ (written by James House and Aaron Holmes)
‘Hot On Your Trail’ (written by James House and Aaron Holmes)
‘Jude’ (written by James House and Aaron Holmes)
‘Bittersweet’ (written by James House and Aaron Holmes)
‘Talk To My Machine’ (written by James House and Aaron Holmes)
‘The Edge’ (written by James House and Aaron Holmes)

Personnel involved in the recording of James House’s self-titled album for Atlantic Records, ‘James House’ (Atlantic Records, 1983), included the following:

James House (lead vocals, acoustic guitar)
Dennis Belfield and Jimmy Haslip (bass guitar)
Art Wood and Mike Baird (drums)
Ian Espinoza, Rick Derringer and Steve Khan (electric guitar)
Alan Pasqua and Julian Marshall (keyboards)
David Sanborn and Marc ‘Caz’ Macino (saxophone)


Rita Coolidge: 'Never Let You Go' (A&M Records, 1983)

Rita Coolidge recorded James House’s ‘I’ll Never Let You Go’ (co-written with Wendy Waldman) and included track on ‘Never Let You Go’ (A&M Records, 1983).


Lisa Hartman: 'Til My Heart Stops' (Wounded Bird Records, 1987)

Lisa Hartman recorded James House’s ‘The Dress’ (co-written with Deborah Neal) and included track on ‘Til My Heart Stops’ (Wounded Bird Records, 1987).


James House

Inspired by the burgeoning ‘New Country’ movement, and encouraged by his music publisher to turn his attention back to country music, James House moved to Nashville in January 1988.


James House: 'James House' (MCA Records, 1989)

By 1989, James House was an MCA Records recording artist and saw the release of a self-titled album, ‘James House’ (MCA Records, 1989), which was produced by Tony Brown, and included two tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

‘Don’t Quit Me Now’ (written by James House and Wendy Waldman) (No.25, 1989)

‘That’ll Be The Last Thing’ (written by James House, Craig Karp and Dave Gibson)
(No.52, 1989) / this track also reached No.78 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks Chart in 1989

James House’s self-titled album, ‘James House’ (MCA Records, 1989), also included the following tracks:

‘It’s Cruel’ (written by James House and Craig Karp)

James House: 'Hard Times For A Honest Man' (MCA Records, 1990)

‘Hard Times For An Honest Man’ (written by James House and Rick Seratte) / this track was also included on James House’s ‘Hard Times For A Honest Man’ (MCA Records, 1990)

‘Under The Harvest Moon’ (written by James House and Allen Shamblin)
‘Never Until Now’ (written by James House and Allen Shamblin)
‘O What A Thrill’, which was written by Jesse Winchester (Wednesday 17 May 1944 – Friday 11 April 2014)
‘Lucinda’ (written by Wendy Waldman, Jim Photoglo and Harry Stinson)
‘Call It In The Air’ (written by James House and Walt Aldridge)
‘Born Ready’ (written by Dave Gibson and Allen Shamblin)

Personnel involved in the recording of James House’s self-titled album, ‘James House’ (MCA Records, 1989), included the following:

James House (acoustic guitar, lead vocals, background vocals)
Harry Stinson (drums, background vocals)
Richard Bennett (electric guitar, acoustic guitar)
Glen D. Hardin (piano, string arrangements)
David Hungate (bass)
Paul Franklin (steel guitar, ped-a-bro)

Additional musicians involved in the recording of James House’s self-titled album, ‘James House’ (MCA Records, 1989), included the following:

Steuart Smith (guitar on ‘Don’t Quit Me Now’ and ‘That’ll Be The Last Thing’)
Chris Camp (guitar on ‘Never Until Now’)
Vince Gill (background vocals on ‘Lucinda’ and ‘Don’t Quit Me Now’)
Mac McAnally (background vocals on ‘Call It In The Air’)


James House: 'Hard Times For A Honest Man' (MCA Records, 1990)

On Friday 17 August 1990, James House saw the release of ‘Hard Times For An Honest Man’ (MCA Records, 1990), which was produced by Tony Brown, and included two tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart:

‘Hard Times For An Honest Man’ (written by James House and Rick Seratte) (No.48, 1989) / this track also reached No.69 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks Chart in 1989

‘You Just Get Better All The Time’, which was written by Tony Joe White (Friday 23 July 1943 – Wednesday 24 October 2018) and John Christopher (No.60, 1990)

James House’s ‘Hard Times For An Honest Man’ (MCA Records, 1990) also included one track, which was a hit single on the Billboard Hot Country Radio Breakouts Chart:

‘Southern Belles’ (written by James House and Kostas) (No.10, 1990)

James House’s ‘Hard Times For An Honest Man’ (MCA Records, 1990) also included the following tracks:

‘I Ain’t Like That Anymore’ (written by James House and Kostas)
‘Because You’re Mine’ (written by James House and Kostas)
‘I Wanna Be The One’ (written by James House and Kostas)
‘Here’s To You’ (written by James House and Kostas)
‘That’s What I Like About You’ (written by John Hadley, Kevin Welch and Wally Wilson)
‘You Didn’t See Her’ (written by James House and Kostas)
‘Right On Time’ (written by James House and Kostas)

Personnel involved in the recording of James House’s ‘Hard Times For An Honest Man’ (MCA Records, 1990) included the following:

Lea Jane Berinati, Vince Gill, Kostas and Russell Smith (Friday 17 June 1949 РFriday 12 July 2019) (background vocals)
Richard Bennett (acoustic guitar)
Steve Fishell (steel guitar on all tracks, except ‘Hard Times For An Honest Man’)
Paul Franklin (steel guitar on ‘Hard Times For An Honest Man’)
Glen Hardin (piano)
James House (acoustic guitar, lead vocals, background vocals)
David Hungate (bass guitar on ‘Hard Times For An Honest Man’)
Steve Nathan (synthesizer)
Michael Rhodes (Wednesday 16 September 1953 – Saturday 4 March 2023) (bass guitar on all tracks, except ‘Hard Times For An Honest Man’)
Tom Roady (percussion)
Steuart Smith (electric guitar)
Harry Stinson (drums, background vocals)


Diamond Rio: 'Close To The Edge' (Arista Nashville Records, 1992)

Diamond Rio recorded James House’s ‘In A Week Or Two’ (co-written with Gary Burr) and included the track on ‘Close To The Edge’ (Arista Records, 1992); the track reached No.2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in 1992, and No.3 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks Chart in 1992.


Prairie Oyster recorded James House’s ‘Here’s To You’ (co-written with Kostas) and included the track on ‘Everybody Knows’ (RCA Records, 1992).


Dwight Yoakam: 'This Time' (Reprise Records, 1993)

Dwight Yoakam recorded James House’s ‘Ain’t That Lonely Yet’ (co-written with Kostas) and included the track on ‘This Time’ (Reprise Records, 1993); the track, which was Grammy nominated for ‘Country Song of The Year’, reached No.2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in June 1993, and No.3 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks Chart in 1993.

As a result of his recording of ‘Ain’t That Lonely Yet’ (written by James House and Kostas), Dwight Yoakam earned a Grammy award for ‘Best Male Country Vocal Performance’.


Ricky Van Shelton: 'Love & Honor' (Columbia Records, 1994)

Ricky Van Shelton recorded James House’s ‘Wherever She Is’, which was co-written with John Jarrard (Thursday 7 May 1953 – Thursday 1 February 2001), and included the track on ‘Love & Honor’ (Columbia Records, 1994); the track reached No.49 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in 1994.


Mark Collie: 'Unleashed' (MCA Records, 1994)

Mark Collie recorded James House’s ‘All I Want Is You’ (co-written with Mark Collie) and included track on ‘Unleashed’ (MCA Records, 1994).


James House: 'Days Gone By' (Epic Records, 1995)

In 1994, James House signed a recording contract with Epic Records and, on Tuesday 17 January 1995, saw the release of ‘Days Gone By’ (Epic Records, 1995), which was produced by Don Cook, and included five tracks, which were released as singles on the Billboard Hot Country Tracks & Singles Chart:

‘A Real Good Way To Wind Up Lonesome’, which was written by¬†James House, Dale Dodson and John Jarrard (Thursday 7 May 1953 – Thursday 1 February 2001)¬†(No.52, 1994) / this track also reached No.79 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks Chart in 1994, and reached the Top 10 of the United Kingdom Country Dance Chart in 2014

‘Little By Little’ (written by James House and Rick Bowles) (No.25, 1995) / this track also reached No.27 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks Chart in 1995, and reached the Top 10 of the United Kingdom Country Dance Chart in 2014

‘This Is Me Missing You’ (written by James House, Monty Powell and Debi Cochran) (No.6, 1995) / this track also reached No.10 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks Chart in 1995, and became James House’s highest-charting single of his career / this track was revived as a hit single in England in 2013, when it reached No.1 on the United Kingdom Country Dance Chart in 2014

‘Anything For Love’, which was written by James House, Phil Barnhart and Sam Hogin (1950 – Monday 9 August 2004) (No.49, 1995) / this track also reached No.33 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks Chart in 1995

‘Until You Set Me Free’ (written by James House and Rafe Van Hoy) / this track did not chart on the Billboard Hot Country Tracks & Singles Chart, but it did reach No.90 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks Chart in 1996

James House’s ‘Days Gone By’ (Epic Records, 1995) also included the following tracks:

‘Only A Fool’ (written by James House,¬†Rafe Van Hoy and Stan Lynch)
‘Silence Makes A Lonesome Sound’, which was written by James House, Phil Barnhart and Sam Hogin (1950 – Monday 9 August 2004)

‘Days Gone By’ (written by James House, Holly House and Dean Miller) / this track was also included on the soundtrack to the 1994 movie, ‘The Cowboy Way’

‘Take Me Away’ (written by James House and Wally Wilson)
‘That’s Something (You Don’t See Every Day)’ (written by James House and Allen Shamblin)

Personnel involved in the recording of James House’s ‘Days Gone By’ (Epic Records, 1995) included the following:

The House Band
John Bohlinger (electric guitar)
Jeanie Cioff (fiddle, background vocals)
Steve Cox (keyboards)
Craig Flynn (bass guitar, background vocals)
James House (lead vocals, background vocals, acoustic guitar)
Kenneth Smith (drums)

Additional musicians involved in the recording of James House’s ‘Days Gone By’ (Epic Records, 1995) included the following:

Bruce C. Bouton (pedal steel guitar, slide guitar)
Dennis Burnside and John Barlow Jarvis (piano, Hammond organ)
Mark Casstevens (acoustic guitar, mandolin)
Rob Hajacos (fiddle, ‘electric hoedown tools’)
David Hungate (bass guitar)
Raul Malo (background vocals on ‘Take Me Away’)
Brent Mason (electric guitar)
Nikki Nelson (background vocals on ‘Only A Fool’)
John Wesley Ryles and Dennis Wilson (background vocals)
John Willis (12-string guitar, baritone guitar, electric guitar)
Lonnie Wilson (drums, percussion)
Glenn Worf (bass guitar, upright bass)
Trisha Yearwood (background vocals on ‘Anything For Love’

Strings on ‘Until You Set Me Free’ and ‘That’s Something (You Don’t See Every Day)’ were performed by Nashville String Machine and arranged by Dennis Burnside

James House’s ‘Days Gone By’ (Epic Records, 1995) reached No.48 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1995, and No.19 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers Chart in 1995.


The Mavericks: 'Music For all Occasions' (MCA Records, 1995)

The Mavericks recorded James House’s ‘One Step Away’ (co-written with Raul Malo) and included track on ‘Music For all Occasions’ (MCA Records, 1995).


The Beach Boys: 'Stars & Stripes, Volume 1' (River North Records, 1996)

On Monday 19 August 1996,¬†The Beach Boys saw the release of ‘Stars & Stripes Volume 1’ (River North Records, 1996), a collaborative album between The Beach Boys and various country music musicians.

Despite its Volume 1 sub-title, the album was The Beach Boys’ only venture into the genre of country pop music.¬† One of the included tracks was ‘Little Deuce Coupe’, which was written by¬†Brian Wilson and Roger Christian (Tuesday 3 July 1934 – Thursday 11 July 1991), which featured James House on lead vocals, and reached No.69 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in 1996, and No.41 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks Chart in 1996.


Martina McBride: 'Evolution' (RCA Nashville Records, 1997)

Martina McBride recorded James House’s ‘A Broken Wing’, which was co-written with Sam Hogin (1950 – Monday 9 August 2004) and Phil Barnhart, and included the track on ‘Evolution’ (RCA Nashville Records, 1997); the track was No.1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart for one week in January 1998.


The Mavericks: 'Trampoline' (MCA Records, 1998)

The Mavericks¬†recorded James House’s¬†‘To Be With You’ (co-written with Raul Malo) and included the track on¬†‘Trampoline’ (MCA Records, 1998); the track reached No.51 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in 1998, and No.23 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks Chart in 1998.


Sara Evans: 'No Place That Far' (RCA Nashville Records, 1998)

Sara Evans recorded James House’s ‘The Great Unknown’ (co-written with Phil Barnhart and Sara Evans) and included track on ‘Trampoline’ (RCA Nashville Records, 1998).


David Ball: 'Play' (Warner Bros. Records, 1999)

David Ball recorded James House’s ‘When I Get Lonely’ (co-written with David Ball) and included track on ‘Play’ (Warner |Bros. Records, 1999).


Tina Turner: 'Twenty Four Seven' (Parlophone Records, 1999)

Tina Turner recorded James House’s ‘Go Ahead’ (co-written with Anthony Little) and included track on ‘Twenty Four Seven’ (Parlophone Records, 1999).


Jim Witter: 'All My Life' (Curb Records, 1999)

Jim Witter recorded James House’s ‘One Beat At A Time’, which was co-written with Jamie O’Hara (Friday 18 August 1950 – Thursday 7 January 2021), and included track on ‘All My Life’ (Curb Records, 1999); the track reached No.7 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks Chart in September 2000.


Steve Holy

Steve Holy recorded James House’s ‘One Beat At A Time’, which was co-written with Jamie O’Hara (Friday 18 August 1950 – Thursday 7 January 2021), and included track on ‘Blue Moon’ (Curb Records, 2000).

Steve Holy

Steve Holy recorded James House’s ‘Tear One’ (co-written with Dean Miller) and included track on ‘Blue Moon’ (Curb Records, 2000).

Steve Holy

Steve Holy recorded James House’s ‘If That’s What You Want’ and included track on ‘Blue Moon’ (Curb Records, 2000).


Rod Stewart: 'Human' (Atlantic Records, 2001)

Rod Stewart recorded James House’s ‘To Be With You’ (co-written with Raul Malo) and included track on ‘Human’ (Atlantic Records, 2001).


Olivia Newton-John: '2' (BMG US, 2002)

Olivia Newton-John (Sunday 26 September 1948 – Monday 8 August 2022) recorded James House’s¬†‘Bad About You’ (co-written with Don Cook and Olivia Newton-John) and included track on¬†‘2’ (BMG US, 2002); the track was a duet with William Richard Thorpe (Friday 29 March 1946 – Wednesday 28 February 2007).


Lorrie Morgan

Lorrie Morgan recorded James House’s ‘Used’ (co-written with Bekka Bramlett and James T. Slater) and included track on ‘Show Me How’ (Image Entertainment, 2004).


Steve Azar: 'Slide On Over Here' (Ride Records, 2009)

Steve Azar recorded James House’s ‘Hard Road’ (co-written with Steve Azar) and included track on ‘Slide On Over Here’ (Ride Records, 2009).

Steve Azar: 'Slide On Over Here' (Ride Records, 2009)

Steve Azar recorded James House’s ‘Back To Memphis’ (co-written with Steve Azar) and included track on ‘Slide On Over Here’ (Ride Records, 2009).

Steve Azar: 'Slide On Over Here' (Ride Records, 2009)

Steve Azar recorded James House’s ‘Apart At The Seams’ (co-written with Steve Azar and Jeff Mitchell) and included track on ‘Slide On Over Here’ (Ride Records, 2009).

Steve Azar: 'Slide On Over Here' (Ride Records, 2009)

Steve Azar recorded James House’s ‘Take Your Time’ (Ryan’s Song) (co-written with Steve Azar) and included track on ‘Slide On Over Here’ (Ride Records, 2009).

Steve Azar: 'Slide On Over Here' (Ride Records, 2009)

Steve Azar recorded James House’s ‘Let Go of The Rope’ (co-written with Steve Azar) and included track on ‘Slide On Over Here’ (Ride Records, 2009).

Steve Azar: 'Slide On Over Here' (Ride Records, 2009)

Steve Azar recorded James House’s ‘Startin’ Today’ (co-written with Steve Azar) and included track on ‘Slide On Over Here’ (Ride Records, 2009).


On Tuesday 3 March 2009, James House saw the release of ‘Home, Volume 1’ (Dream On Records, 2009), an extended play (EP) disc.


It was also in 2009 when James House saw the release of ‘I Love You Man’, a non-album track, which did not chart.


Beth Hart: 'Bang Bang Boom Boom' (Provogue Records / Mascot Label Group, 2012)

Beth Hart recorded James House’s ‘Caught Out In The Rain’ (co-written with Beth Hart) and included the track on ‘Bang Bang Boom Boom’ (Provogue Records / Mascot Label Group, 2012).


The Troubadour Kings (James House & John Brannen): 'Heartache Town' (Ride Records, 2012)

In 2012, James House saw the release of ‘Heartache Town’ (Ride Records, 2012), a collaboration with John Brannen, under The Troubadour Kings moniker, which was produced by James House, and included the following tracks:

‘Everybody’
‘Moving On Over’
‘Heartache Town’
‘Souvenir’
‘Shadowland’
‘Get Lucky’
‘The Torch’
‘Gone Again’
‘The Next One’
‘Ballad of The Troubadour Kings’


The Mavericks: 'In Time' (Valory / Big Machine Records, 2013)

The Mavericks recorded James House’s ‘Born To Be Blue’ (co-written with Raul Malo) and included track on ‘In Time’ (Valory / Big Machine Records, 2013); the track reached No.46 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart in 2013.


Bonnie Tyler: 'Rocks and Honey' (ZYX Music, Labrador Music, AXR Music, Celtic Swan Recordings, Warner Bros. Records, 2013)

Bonnie Tyler recorded James House’s ‘Crying’ (co-written with Kyle Jacobs and Drew Copeland) and included track on ‘Rocks and Honey’ (ZYX Music, Labrador Music, AXR Music, Celtic Swan Recordings, Warner Bros. Records, 2013).

Bonnie Tyler: 'Rocks and Honey' (ZYX Music, Labrador Music, AXR Music, Celtic Swan Recordings, Warner Bros. Records, 2013)

Bonnie Tyler recorded James House’s ‘Little Superstar’ (co-written with Beth Hart) and included track on ‘Rocks and Honey’ (ZYX Music, Labrador Music, AXR Music, Celtic Swan Recordings, Warner Bros. Records, 2013).


It was also in 2013 when James House formed his own independent record label, Victor House Recordings.


Tayla Lynn: 'Coal Dust' (Victor House Recordings, 2014)

On Saturday 19 April 2014, Tayla Lynn saw the release of ‘Coal Dust’ (Victor House Recordings, 2014), a 7″ vinyl 45rpm single, which was produced by James House and Michael Bradford, and included the following tracks:

‘Coal Dust’ (written by James House and Leslie Satcher)

‘Honky Tonk Girl’, which was written by Loretta Lynn (Thursday 14 April 1932 – Tuesday 4 October 2022) / this track¬†featured guest vocals from¬†Tayla Lynn’s iconic grandmother, Loretta Lynn / the original version of this track was recorded by¬†Loretta Lynn for Zero Records in 1960, when it reached No.14 on the Billboard country music singles chart

Personnel involved in the recording of Tayla Lynn’s ‘Coal Dust’ (Victor House Recordings, 2014) included the following:

James House (acoustic guitar, producer)
Jamar Carter and Kim Fleming (backing vocals)
Michael Bradford (bass, producer)
Brad Pemberton (drums)
Brent Mason (electric guitar)
Larry Franklin (fiddle, mandolin)
Andrew Higley (piano)
Joshua Grange (steel guitar)


James House: 'Broken Glass / Twisted Steel' (Victor House Recordings, 2014)

On Tuesday 29 April 2014, James House saw the release of ‘Broken Glass / Twisted Steel’ (Victor House Recordings, 2014), which was produced by James House and Michael Bradford, and included one track, which was released as a single on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart:

‘Everytime It Rains’ (written by Michael Bradford and James House) / this track was released as a single in 2014, but it did not chart

James House’s ‘Broken Glass / Twisted Steel’ (Victor House Recordings, 2014) also included the following tracks:

‘Train Wreck’ (written by James House)
‘Here’s To You’ (written by James House and Kostas)

Dwight Yoakam: 'This Time' (Reprise Records, 1993)

‘Ain’t That Lonely Yet’ (written by¬†James House and Kostas) / the original version of this track was recorded by¬†Dwight Yoakam, who included it on ‘This Time’ (Reprise Records, 1993); Dwight Yoakam’s version of the track, which was Grammy nominated for ‘Country Song of The Year’, reached No.2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in June 1993, and No.3 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks Chart in 1993

As a result of Dwight Yoakam recording ‘Ain’t That Lonely Yet’ (written by James House and Kostas), he earned a Grammy award for ‘Best Male Country Vocal Performance’.

Martina McBride: 'Evolution' (RCA Nashville Records, 1997)

‘A Broken Wing’ (written by¬†James House) / the original version of this track was recorded by¬†Martina McBride, who included it on ‘Evolution’ (RCA Nashville Records, 1997); Martina McBride’s version of the track was No.1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart for one week in January 1998

‘King of Nothing’ (written by James House)
‘Little Time With You’ (written by James House)

Diamond Rio: 'Close To The Edge' (Arista Nashville Records, 1992)

‘In A Week Or Two’ (written by¬†James House) / the original version of this track was recorded by¬†Diamond Rio, who included it on ‘Close To The Edge’ (Arista Records, 1992);¬†Diamond Rio‘s version of the track reached No.2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in 1992, and No.3 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks Chart in 1992

‘Over Here Tonight’ (written by James House)
‘Crying’ (written by James House)
‘Before I Run Out of Time’ (written by James House)

James House’s ‘Broken Glass / Twisted Steel’ (Victor House Recordings, 2014), which was released on James House’s own Victor House Records, was distributed in the United Kingdom and Australia by Proper Records.


It was also in April 2014 when James House made his long awaited Grand Ole Opry debut in May, which was followed by a second appearance in August, and a sold-out nineteen-city tour of the United Kingdom in July.


Joe Bonamassa: 'Different Shades of Blue' (J&R records, 2014)

Joe Bonamassa recorded James House’s ‘Oh Beautiful!’ (co-written with Joe Bonamassa) and included the track on ‘Different Shades of Blue’ (J&R Records, 2014).

Joe Bonamassa: 'Different Shades of Blue' (J&R records, 2014)

Joe Bonamassa recorded James House’s ‘Living On The Moon’ (co-written with Joe Bonamassa) and included the track on ‘Different Shades of Blue’ (J&R Records, 2014).

Joe Bonamassa: 'Different Shades of Blue' (J&R records, 2014)

Joe Bonamassa recorded James House’s ‘Heartache Follows Wherever I Go’ (co-written with Joe Bonamassa) and included the track on ‘Different Shades of Blue’ (J&R Records, 2014).

Joe Bonamassa: 'Different Shades of Blue' (J&R records, 2014)

Joe Bonamassa recorded James House’s ‘Different Shades of Blue’ (co-written with Joe Bonamassa) and included the track on ‘Different Shades of Blue’ (J&R Records, 2014).


James House: 'Songwriters Serenade' (Victor House Recordings, 2015)

In March 2015, James House saw the release of ‘Songwriters Serenade’ (Victor House Recordings, 2015), which included the following tracks:

‘Me Too’ (written by James House and Darden Smith)
‘Over Getting Over You’ (written by James House and Natalie Noone)
‘Ain’t We A Pair’ (written by James House and Jenny Johnson)
‘Devil’s Road’ (written by Debi Cochran, James House and Jordan House)
‘Know Mercy’ (written by James House, Brandi Warden and Monte Warden)
‘No Fear’ (written by James House and Alicia Witt)
‘Songwriters Serenade’ (written by James House and Danny O’Keefe)
‘Love Unbroken’ (written by James House and Mike Reid)
‘Bring It On’ (written by Bill Anderson and James House)
‘Love Has A Way’ (written by James House and Jim Lauderdale)


It was also in March 2015 when James House made his Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival debut in Northern Ireland, along with a follow-up tour of the United Kingdom.


In June 2015, Vietti Chili released a signature line of chili under James House’s name, which was available at hundreds of grocery stores across the southern United States.

It was also at this time, in June 2015, when James House launched a series of ‘In The Round’ songwriters shows as James House & The Troubadour Kings, featuring Danny Flowers and Gordon Kennedy, which showcased their collective writing talents and a vast catalogue of hit singles.


Joe Bonamassa in London in 2015 (photo credit: Marty Moffatt)
Joe Bonamassa in London in 2015
Photo Credit: Marty Moffatt

Joe Bonamassa recorded James House’s ‘This Train’ (co-written with Joe Bonamassa) and included the track on ‘Blues of Desperation’ (J&R Records, 2016).

Joe Bonamassa in London in 2015 (photo credit: Marty Moffatt)
Joe Bonamassa in London in 2015
Photo Credit: Marty Moffatt

Joe Bonamassa recorded James House’s ‘Drive’ (co-written with Joe Bonamassa) and included the track on ‘Blues of Desperation’ (J&R Records, 2016).

Joe Bonamassa in London in 2015 (photo credit: Marty Moffatt)
Joe Bonamassa in London in 2015
Photo Credit: Marty Moffatt

Joe Bonamassa recorded James House’s ‘Blues of Desperation’ (co-written with Joe Bonamassa) and included the track on ‘Blues of Desperation’ (J&R Records, 2016).

Joe Bonamassa in London in 2015 (photo credit: Marty Moffatt)
Joe Bonamassa in London in 2015
Photo Credit: Marty Moffatt

Joe Bonamassa recorded James House’s ‘The Valley Runs Low’ (co-written with Joe Bonamassa) and included the track on ‘Blues of Desperation’ (J&R Records, 2016).

Joe Bonamassa in London in 2015 (photo credit: Marty Moffatt)
Joe Bonamassa in London in 2015
Photo Credit: Marty Moffatt

Joe Bonamassa recorded James House’s ‘You Left Me Nothin’ But The Bill & The Blues’ (co-written with Joe Bonamassa) and included the track on ‘Blues of Desperation’ (J&R Records, 2016).

Joe Bonamassa in London in 2015 (photo credit: Marty Moffatt)
Joe Bonamassa in London in 2015
Photo Credit: Marty Moffatt

Joe Bonamassa recorded James House’s ‘How Deep This River Runs’ (co-written with Joe Bonamassa) and included the track on ‘Blues of Desperation’ (J&R Records, 2016).


James House: 'Berwick Street' (Victor House Recordings, 2017)

On Friday 7 July 2017, James House saw the release of ‘Berwick Street’ (Victor House Recordings, 2017), which included the following tracks:

‘Berwick Street’
‘It Hurts Me Too’
‘You’
‘In Your Life’
‘Miles From Love’
‘Song Bird’
‘Love Can’t Control’
‘You Should Know’
‘Like Lovers Do’
‘Because’
‘Through The Storm’


James House & The Blue Cowboys: 'James House & The Blue Cowboys' (Victor House Recordings, 2018)

On Friday 3 August 2018, James House & The Blue Cowboys saw the release of ‘James House & The Blue Cowboys’ (Victor House Recordings, 2018), which included the following tracks:

‘Jail House Blues’ (written by James House)
‘Arkansas Woman’ (written by James House)
‘Ain’t No Way’ (written by James House)
‘Long Way Down’ (written by James House)
‘Good Love’ (written by James House)
‘Moving On Over’ (written by John Brannen and James House)
‘Well Ran Dry’
‘Gone Again’ (written by John Brannen and James House)
‘Boomerang’ (written by James House)
‘Ballad of The Kings’ (written by John Brannen and James House)


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