Woody James

Lead Guitar and Vocals



Woody James was born James Woodruff on September 24, 1951 in Akron, Ohio. Growing up in Ravenna, Ohio, he started playing guitar at the age of 6. His musical career began at age 11 as a summer fill-in with "Bobby and the Quantells" performing in Kent, Ohio. In the mid-60s, he co-founded the "Yeoman" with fellow partner Jerry Losh. Two years later, Woody joined the "Motley Odds".

While playing a Kent State University Fall Mixer, Woody and bass player Bobby Sepulveda met local guitar celebrity Joe Walsh [Measles, The James Gang, Barnstorm, The Eagles]. Joe approached them about forming a new band which became the "Measles". In the fall of 1970, Woody moved to England and fronted the British rock band "Triad" and played throughout England and Western Europe. Upon returning from England, Woody started a laser manufacturing company business and holds numerous patents in that field.

Woody has performed with the likes of Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple), Gilby Clarke (Guns 'n Roses), Charlie Slade (ACDC), Elliot Eastman (The Cars), Joe Vitale (CSNY) and, of course, Joe Walsh (Measles, The James Gang, Barnstorm, The Eagles), to name a few.

Woody and partner Jeff Sefong formed Old School Effects with the intent of building boutique pedals, guitars and amplifiers.

Woody played in the band OHIO, a CSNY Tribute Band. This Band headlined the 40th Anniversary of Woodstock Concert. Last year, Woody released a solo CD titled "Unfinished Business" featuring all original material.

Currently, Woody is playing with "Reil Young", a Neil Young Tribute Band, which grew out of the CSNY Tribute Band "Ohio" in 2010. 



Woody with Steven Stills' Guitars

at Kent Stage