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With a singular combination of soul-deep dedication, striking good looks and a remarkably expressive vocal style, country singer-songwriter James Intveld is a formidable talent. A performer with a virtually lifelong resume, Intveld's been playing music since early childhood, a passion that's carried him from a start as a talent-show winning teenager to headlining international tours and sharing stages with some of country music's biggest stars. Recognized as one of Los Angeles' most reliable and gifted players, Intveld has an impressive track record as sideman with Harry Dean Stanton’s honky-tonk renegades The Repomen, lead guitarist for acclaimed roots-rock spearheads the Blasters and, on his own, as a solid attraction who routinely draws SRO crowds. As an actor, Intveld has made numerous film and television appearances and he’s worked both sides of the camera; notably, he provided vocals for Johnny Depp's title character in John Water's cult classic Cry Baby and his film career even extended to the director’s chair--he personally helmed the 2005 Western Miracle at Sage Creek starring David Carradine.
For Intveld, though, it’s all about music, a dedication that’s allowed him to develop an extraordinary repertoire of his own finely wrought originals and hundreds of classic pop, blues and country songs. Intveld’s devotion imparts an innate nobility to his performances, a rare quality that’s consistently reflected in his flawless performances and recordings. As featured on Intveld’s first-rate solo albums, 2001’s Somewhere Down The Road and the current Have Faith (which hit 29 on the Americana chart), his mix of hard country, gospel mysticism and blues informed, forceful rock & roll operates at a high level of communicative skill and exquisitely proficient musicianship. Whether delivering his wistful, sensitive ballad “Woman’s Touch” or the vintage Wynn Stewart hit “It’s Such a Pretty World Today,” Intveld’s involvement and knack for artful re-definition combine to create innovative and irresistible new stylings that are his alone.
Raised in Compton, California just a stones throw from the site of legendary LA country music television show Town Hall Party, Intveld got his first musical instrument--a drum kit--at age 5, graduated to guitar at 8, joined the guitar mass at the family’s church and by 10 formed his first band. Several years later, his father began driving him to country music shrine the Palomino, where Intveld promptly began winning the regular Monday talent competition with knock-out versions of Elvis Presley and Hank Williams Sr. hits. By 1980, Intveld, with equally gifted brother Ricky on drums, formed a kicking rockabilly band that spearheaded the burgeoning revival movement and quickly became a fixture at spots like Club Lingerie, The Roxy and Whisky a Go-Go. The band got noticed--teen idol Rick Nelson hired Intveld’s bassist and brother as his touring rhythm section, but after they perished in the infamous New Year’s Eve plane crash, Intveld was so shaken he quit playing altogether.
Fortunately, Intveld’s devotion to music prevailed .By the mid-1980’s he was back in full swing with a new band and an infamously dance floor packing residency at Pasadena's One West. The momentum steadily built, leading to the Cry Baby gig, supplying vocals for an Oldsmoblile commercial starring Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley, his stint with Harry Dean Stanton (that band toured as far afield as Australia), a role in Sean Penn's directorial debut Indian Runner and signing up as the Blasters lead guitarist. Despite a heavy touring schedule and an increase in acting jobs, Intveld’s need to express himself never wavered; he had to break out on his own terms, quit the Blasters and cut his well received first album, James Intveld, issued in 1995 by Germany's Bear Family.
Along the way, Intveld's been spotted accompanying everyone from CMA Entertainer of the Year Freddie Hart to legendary comedian Steve Allen, written songs for rockabilly Queen Wanda Jackson, directed an award winning short film based on a letter by James Dean (it took first place honors at the 2007 Silver Lake Film Festival) and ceaselessly mining new artistic territory. Dividing his time between touring and living in Nashville (where he recently made his Grand Ole Opry debut), Intveld's ardor and commitment are as constant and reliable as his always first-rate music.