James M Harman


     Born in San Francisco, guitarist James Harman fills out his career with solo to big band gigs in California, Texas, Mexico, Germany and England, music director for several musicals, teaching 8 years at Marin School of the Arts, playing on the Pokemon TV show and movie and studio sessions with diverse artists such as Ed Goldfarb, Pete Magadini and German artist Christoph Pagel.

     Releasing his debut album Wanderlust in 2014, his upcoming album showcases a new band with Grammy winning artist, Kevin Hayes (Robert Cray, John Lee Hooker) drumming and co-producing with John Main on bass (Carlene Carter, Doug Sahm, Rick James) and keyboardist Mike Emerson (Tommy Castro, Carlene Carter and Percy Sledge).

John Main - Bass, Producer

    Bassist and band leader with Carlene Carter for 35 years. Recording on double platinum records with Doug Sahm and Rick James. Producer, writer, A&R V.P. for legendary Studio 56. Touring 45 of the United States and 17 countries. Living in London and Amsterdam, recording and performing with numerous European artists.

     HBO, Showtime, Austin City Limits and NBC’s Midnight Special with artists including; Roy Buchanan, Peter Rowan, the Pointer Sisters, Jackie Deshannon, Jesse Colin Young, Huey Lewis, Freddy King, Charlie Daniels, Bill Kirchen, Alex Call, John Mcfee(Doobie Bros), Dave Jenkins(Pablo cruise), The Blues Broads and Nick Gravenites. 

Mike Emerson - Keyboards

Mike has performed and/or recorded extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Canada with a wide range of musicians---Elvin Bishop, Carlene Carter, Percy Sledge, Zigaboo Modeliste, Tommy Castro, Chris Cain, Terry Haggerty, Harvey Mandel, Ivan Neville, Brady Blade, Tony Hall, Debbie Davies, James Armstrong, Mic Gillette(Tower of Power), Marc Russo(Yellow Jackets, Doobie Bros.), Will Ray(from the Hellecasters), Earl Thomas, Johnny Dyer, and Thad Beckman, to name but a few. He has performed at some of the world's most prestigious festivals, including the Monterey Blues Festival, Chicago Blues Festival and the Montreux Jazz Festival.

Kevin Hayes - Drums, Co-Producer

Kevin Hayes is a San Francisco Bay Area based drummer & songwriter, primarily known
for his 19 years as the drummer for The Robert Cray Band. During his time with Cray from 1989-
2008, he recorded 9 studio albums, including the 1999 Grammy winning Take Your Shoes Off, as
well as a double live disc, Live From Across The Pond, recorded at London’s Royal Albert Hall. In
addition to a very busy global touring schedule playing blues & jazz festivals as well as theater &
nightclub shows, the Cray Band was opener on tours by The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton,
Santana, Steve Winwood, Joe Cocker, B.B. King, & Buddy Guy.
During his time with Cray’s band he also played on records by John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, &
Van Morrison, among many others. His live show credits include performances with B.B. King,
John Lee Hooker, Etta James, Allen Toussaint, Roy Rogers & The Delta Rhythm Kings, Tracy
Nelson, Jon Hendricks, Hubert Sumlin, Jimmy Vaughan, Lee Dorsey, Curtis Salgado, Bonnie
Hayes, & many others.
Since leaving Cray’s band, he has worked independently on a variety of musical projects,
including playing & recording with virtuoso slide guitarist Roy Rogers & The Delta Rhythm Kings,
recording & touring in the Manzarek-Rogers Band with Roy Rogers & the late Doors keyboardist
Ray Manzarek, as well as recording & touring with the sensational British blues guitarist & singer
Matt Schofield.

Kevin Hayes-Selected Discography
Robert Cray-Midnight Stroll (1990)
Robert Cray-Shame + A Sin (1993)
Robert Cray-Take Your Shoes Off (1999)
Robert Cray-Shoulda Been Home (2001)
Robert Cray-Twenty (2005)
Robert Cray-Live From Across The Pond (2006)
John Lee Hooker-Mr. Lucky (1991)
John Lee Hooker-Boom Boom (1992)
John Lee Hooker-Don’t Look Back (1997)
John Lee Hooker-Best Of Friends (1998)
Van Morrison-Too Long In Exile (1993)
B.B. King-Blues Summit (1993)
Manzarek Rogers Band-Translucent Blues (2011)
Matt Schofield-Anything But Time (2011)
Curtis Salgado & The Stilettos (1991)
Pete Sears & Friends-Watchfire (1988)
Curtis Stigers-Time Was (1995)
Bonnie Hayes & The Wild Combo-Good Clean Fun (1982)


New album, James M Harman, with the latest reincarnation of group featuring Kevin Hayes, John Main and Mike Emerson is now available at Watts Music in Novato, Mill Valley Music and streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube and CD Baby etc.

E-mail list sign-up

E-mail list sign-up