“All of my songs are about making bad decisions.”
— James Scott Bullard
James Scott Bullard has carved out quite a name for himself as an award winning Southern singer/songwriter. Named one of the 5 country artists you should know, who landed on 12 ‘Best of 2018’ lists, and whose music can be heard on radio stations and podcasts across the globe. His sound falls into the categories of Outlaw Country, Southern Rock or Americana. He simply calls it: the blues. He is comfortably located in the Bermuda Triangle between Waylon Jennings and Lynyrd Skynyrd, and not only does JSB look the part, he has lived it. “Exciting, ragged, raw, unpredictable, brooding and real” are all words that have been used to describe James Scott Bullard.
In fact, Harry Kaplan, of Twangrila (an Americana music website) described Bullard as a “poet” and declared, “If you’re looking for your next honky-tonk hero, I think I may have found him. His name is James Scott Bullard and he is pure, 24k gold...Something tells me Bullard will soon be a household name in country music like Sturgill Simpson and Margo Price.”
Bullard’s style has fierce country, southern rock, gospel and blues elements that all reside on the darker side of the equation and are nothing short of irresistible. Armed with a leathery, sage-like voice and a natural charisma that can’t be taught or bought, Bullard sings pretty much solely about his own life experiences; including love, loss, death and addiction with very smart lyrics that aren’t preachy or too matter of fact.
With a prolific catalog of songs, (115 published to be exact) all showing influences from the classic country rock of Gram Parsons and the Rolling Stones to modern Americana singer/songwriters such as Ryan Bingham, Sturgill Simpson and Ryan Adams. These songs make you laugh, cry and ultimately wonder just what the hell happened to this guy along the road of a life led mostly on the edge?
Through constant U.S. touring, either solo or opening slots for artists like The Steel Woods, Tennessee Jet, David Allan Coe, Butch Walker, Dex Romweber, maintaining a massive social media following, releasing multiple recordings along the way, the latest of which is the highly rated and critically acclaimed “Full Tilt Boogie,” (2018) which took a deliberate, edgier hard right turn from his previous more country tinged works, Bullard has built a legion of followers made up of not only his loyal and wonderful fans, ranging from 20-something blue collar bikers and rodeo riders, all the way to lawyers, doctors and grandmothers.
And it's no secret that even certain iconic punk and heavy metal artists, comedians, actors, and other edgy celebrity sorts seem to have rallied around him with a great respect.
Born in rural South Carolina, Bullard claims to have comes from a mixed clan of Irish, German, Native American, hillbilly moonshiners. Playing in local bars as a teen, he moved on to a hard rock band in the 90’s, but slowly drifted back to country music. “My dad always said, ‘you’ll come back to your roots’, and he was right. says Bullard. “I don’t mean this to sound arrogant at all, but there’s something about being from the south that you just ‘know’. There’s something here in the rivers and in the soil that bleeds artistic expression. The blues were born here, which morphed into country and bluegrass all weaving in and out of gospel. Hank Williams, Little Richard, Elvis, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers and Tom Petty all came from here. What more proof does one need?”
“I’m pretty sure JSB sleeps in his boots and denim, but I don’t know because he slept on the floor outside our door to be sure we were safe in the shady lodging on tour.”
— A duet partner about touring in Nashville w/ Bullard