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
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.