James Hand with Carolyn Sills Combo

James Hand

His songs are equally mysterious and unclassifiable. While they are noticeably rich with the influences of his heroes – classic country architects like Hank, Lefty, and Ernest – James Hand's songs are uniquely his, imbued with equal parts gallows humor and the ability to stare unflinchingly into life's darkest corners.


Born in Waco, rodeos and country music surrounded James from an early age, and quickly became part of his daily life. The classic strains of Lefty Frizzell and Hank Williams made their mark on him, but a more substantial influence on his performing and songwriting has been life itself.


“I’ve been writing songs since I was kid – since I was ten or eleven. Just the other day I found some songs in a little bitty envelope that my grandmother had tucked away into china cabinet. And with the life I’ve lived, there’s no shortage of songs. They’ll run out of typewriter ribbon before I run out of songs.”


“James Hand music uses no smoke or mirrors. There is definitely no glossing over of any aspect of this CD… James writes lyrics that haven’t been written before and I suspect that he’s lived every word in these songs.”
– Lloyd Maines



Carolyn Sills Combo

2018 Ameripolitan Western Swing Group


"Seguing seamlessly between western swing, country, rockabilly, blues, and spaghetti western, the Combo's debut album is tight, lively, and refreshing. Sills' vocals sear, while guitarman Gerard Egan accents with inventive and toneful licks and solos. Charlie Joe Wallace adds stylish pedal steel."

Vintage Guitar Magazine


A roots music group with a vintage sound older than its years, The Carolyn Sills Combo is breathing fresh life and heartfelt twang into the timeless sounds of post-war American music. Fans of classic country, blues and western swing from the 40s/50s are falling in love with the band's original songs, written and produced by vocalist/bassist Sills and her longtime guitarist and husband, Gerard Egan.


Sills and Egan are heavily influenced by spaghetti western films as well as their vinyl record collection, citing a wide range of influences from Bob Wills, Patsy Cline and Merle Travis and Les Paul & Mary Ford.


The cowboy-loving duo attracted top Monterey Bay area players for their combo, featuring Charlie Joe Wallace on triple neck steel guitar, Jimmy Norris on drums and Sunshine Jackson on harmony vocals and percussion.

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James Hand

His songs are equally mysterious and unclassifiable. While they are noticeably rich with the influences of his heroes – classic country architects like Hank, Lefty, and Ernest – James Hand's songs are uniquely his, imbued with equal parts gallows humor and the ability to stare unflinchingly into life's darkest corners.


Born in Waco, rodeos and country music surrounded James from an early age, and quickly became part of his daily life. The classic strains of Lefty Frizzell and Hank Williams made their mark on him, but a more substantial influence on his performing and songwriting has been life itself.


“I’ve been writing songs since I was kid – since I was ten or eleven. Just the other day I found some songs in a little bitty envelope that my grandmother had tucked away into china cabinet. And with the life I’ve lived, there’s no shortage of songs. They’ll run out of typewriter ribbon before I run out of songs.”


“James Hand music uses no smoke or mirrors. There is definitely no glossing over of any aspect of this CD… James writes lyrics that haven’t been written before and I suspect that he’s lived every word in these songs.”
– Lloyd Maines



Carolyn Sills Combo

"Seguing seamlessly between western swing, country, rockabilly, blues, and spaghetti western, the Combo's debut album is tight, lively, and refreshing. Sills' vocals sear, while guitarman Gerard Egan accents with inventive and toneful licks and solos. Charlie Joe Wallace adds stylish pedal steel."

Vintage Guitar Magazine


A roots music group with a vintage sound older than its years, The Carolyn Sills Combo is breathing fresh life and heartfelt twang into the timeless sounds of post-war American music. Fans of classic country, blues and western swing from the 40s/50s are falling in love with the band's original songs, written and produced by vocalist/bassist Sills and her longtime guitarist and husband, Gerard Egan.

Sills and Egan are heavily influenced by spaghetti western films as well as their vinyl record collection, citing a wide range of influences from Bob Wills, Patsy Cline and Merle Travis and Les Paul & Mary Ford.

The cowboy-loving duo attracted top Monterey Bay area players for their combo, featuring Charlie Joe Wallace on triple neck steel guitar, Jimmy Norris on drums and Sunshine Jackson on harmony vocals and percussion.

James Hand

His songs are equally mysterious and unclassifiable. While they are noticeably rich with the influences of his heroes – classic country architects like Hank, Lefty, and Ernest – James Hand's songs are uniquely his, imbued with equal parts gallows humor and the ability to stare unflinchingly into life's darkest corners.


Born in Waco, rodeos and country music surrounded James from an early age, and quickly became part of his daily life. The classic strains of Lefty Frizzell and Hank Williams made their mark on him, but a more substantial influence on his performing and songwriting has been life itself.


“I’ve been writing songs since I was kid – since I was ten or eleven. Just the other day I found some songs in a little bitty envelope that my grandmother had tucked away into china cabinet. And with the life I’ve lived, there’s no shortage of songs. They’ll run out of typewriter ribbon before I run out of songs.”


“James Hand music uses no smoke or mirrors. There is definitely no glossing over of any aspect of this CD… James writes lyrics that haven’t been written before and I suspect that he’s lived every word in these songs.”
– Lloyd Maines



Carolyn Sills Combo

2018 Ameripolitan Western Swing Group


"Seguing seamlessly between western swing, country, rockabilly, blues, and spaghetti western, the Combo's debut album is tight, lively, and refreshing. Sills' vocals sear, while guitarman Gerard Egan accents with inventive and toneful licks and solos. Charlie Joe Wallace adds stylish pedal steel."

Vintage Guitar Magazine


A roots music group with a vintage sound older than its years, The Carolyn Sills Combo is breathing fresh life and heartfelt twang into the timeless sounds of post-war American music. Fans of classic country, blues and western swing from the 40s/50s are falling in love with the band's original songs, written and produced by vocalist/bassist Sills and her longtime guitarist and husband, Gerard Egan.


Sills and Egan are heavily influenced by spaghetti western films as well as their vinyl record collection, citing a wide range of influences from Bob Wills, Patsy Cline and Merle Travis and Les Paul & Mary Ford.


The cowboy-loving duo attracted top Monterey Bay area players for their combo, featuring Charlie Joe Wallace on triple neck steel guitar, Jimmy Norris on drums and Sunshine Jackson on harmony vocals and percussion.