James Mathis is a promising 22 year old musician based in Wake Forest, North Carolina who plays original folk-oriented music. His influences include HEM, Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, and Amos Lee, to name a few. His lyrics are predominantly based upon his own life experiences. His musical philosophy is to base his songs upon his own personal truths. James is self- taught on the guitar and has been playing this instrument for about a year now. He also took lessons for the violin and piano for about 6 years before deciding to abandon lessons and devote himself to playing by ear and writing his own compositions. This decision has resulted in the unique compositions which reflect American roots music at its finest. He hopes that he relates to people through his music and that through that relation, he and his group will go places they never dreamed of.