If there’s one thing we know about Memphis music, it’s that our community is collaborative and some of the most passionate fans are the scene’s most talented artists. In our #SquadGoals series, we ask an artist to choose a fellow Memphis music maker – someone they admire or even a collaborator – and write a bit about why they’re a fan. 

Aaron James: there is so much to be said about this guy. Aaron James and I both moved to the city and started attending the University of Memphis at the same time in 2013. Through participation in intramural flag football, we discovered we had the same major and became good friends. Aaron James is one of the biggest inspirations to my artistic journey that I can call to memory. I’ve had the pleasure of watching him literally transform from a session electric guitar player into a full-fledge artist that defines what it means to be authentic and vulnerable. His work ethic, humility, and sense of humor make him an absolute pleasure to be around. 

Image via Catherine Patton.

One thing I feel is understated about him is his versatility. Whether it be collaborating on beats, writing an indie-folk ballad, or contributing lyrics to one of the many artists that come through Dirty Socks Studios, Aaron James can contribute in a meaningful way no matter the style of music. Aside from our similar sense of humor, I think his versatility is one of the characteristics I resonate most with about him. I think that’s led us to be able to work so well with each other on a variety of different soundscapes. 

Check out some of the music we’ve worked on together!

‘Happy Songs’ 

‘Eve & Delilah’

‘Kauri Wood’

‘No More Raining Over Me’

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