Nominated for swing artist of the year 8th Annual LA Music Awards
Nominated for male vocalist of the year 8th Annual LA Music Awards
A native of Los Angeles and current resident of Nashville, James Intveld started his career at an early age listening and singing along to his parents’ recordings of Hank Williams, Sr., Dean Martin, Lefty Frizzell and Elvis. By high school he was he was playing in cover bands and was soon a regular sitting in with the house band at the legendary Palomino Club.
Initially, Intveld worked with his younger brother Ricky and friend Pat Woodward in a band known as the Rockin’ Shadows. The group dissolved when Ricky and Woodward left to work with Rick Nelson’s Stone Canyon Band; both later died in the same airplane accident that took the life of Nelson. It was only fate that kept James from getting on that flight. It’s a tragedy that cut, and still cuts deeply into his heart and soul.
During the cow punk movement of the ’80s, Intveld was working the same clubs as Dwight Yoakam and Rosie Flores, playing his own brand of rockabilly. He so impressed Town South of Bakersfield producers Pete Anderson and Dusty Wakeman that he was included on the second volume of the compilation series.
As a multi-instrumentalist singer, songwriter and sideman, James’ name seems to crop up everywhere. He’s in high demand for his skills as a player; as adept at the slap bass, slide, steel, and drums as on guitar. He’s done everything from playing bass with Dwight Yoakum to lead guitar with the Blasters and most recently with John Fogerty.
Intveld wrote the Rosie Flores hit “Cryin’ Over You” as well as all the material on his own first 1996 effort “James Intveld.” That was named the best studio recording project and the best country or roots CD of 1996 by California’s Music Connection magazine. Intveld successfully produced, arraged, sang, and played all the parts on this magnificent release, dedicated to his brother and best friend, Ricky.
Continuously cast in movies, TV and videos, James was the singing voice of Johnny Depp’s character in the John Waters film Cry Baby. Other credits include Sean Penn’s directorial debut, “Indian Runner,” “Thing Called Love,” with River Phoenix, Billy Crystal’s HBO production, “#61,” and his role starring beside Billy Bob Thorton in the motion picture, “Chrystal”.