Artemus James

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Artemus James
Artemus James in 2011
Background information
Birth name Andrew Shane Crawford
Also known as Cain (with Cain & Annabelle)
Born October
Origin Tennessee/ North Carolina, United States
Genres Folk, Fringe-Folk, Alt-Country, Americana, Indie
Occupations Singer-Songwriter, musician, actor, carpenter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 2008–present
Associated acts Valley Young, Cain & Annabelle
Notable instruments
Martin 000-28, Taylor 814CE, Fender Telecaster.

Artemus James is an American singer/songwriter, and guitarist. He is the lead vocalist/songwriter for the band Valley Young. He is also known as Cain from the duo formed in early 2009 with Annabelle LaFoy, Cain & Annabelle.[1]


Artemus James is the writing/recording pseudonym of Andrew Shane Crawford. He took the first names of his maternal and paternal grandfathers, respectively. James began writing songs in late 2006 while living in Los Angeles. Upon relocating to east Tennessee late in the winter of 2008 he began recording songs in a friends home studio in Knoxville, Tennessee. In January of 2009, James met Annabelle LaFoy, a piano player from Maryville, Tennessee, and in the early part of that year they formed the duo Cain & Annabelle. They combined their songwriting efforts in the Ep, The Lake Takes, and toured extensively in the summer and fall of 2009. In 2010, James decided to turn his focus onto forming a full band with LaFoy on board. [1] James spent much of 2010 and 2011 writing and arranging the material for what would be their debut works as Valley Young. February 1 of 2012, Valley Young began recording their debut studio EP, Year of the Bear, and album, Upright In The Sunlight, with producer Bryce Goggin (Phish, Pavement, Akron/Family, The Lemonheads) at Trout Recording in Brooklyn, NY. Among the cast of musicians who played on the Ep and album are Parker Kindred (Jeff Buckley, Antony and the Johnsons, Joan as Policewoman) on drums, Royston Langdon (Spacehog) on bass and Richard Steel (Spacehog) on lead guitar.

Personal life[edit]

James was born in Knoxville, Tennessee and was raised in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee and Salisbury, North Carolina.[2] He is known for his nomadic tendencies and has often lived out of his touring van.


Extended Plays[edit]

  • The Lake Takes - (July 2009) with Cain & Annabelle
  • Year of the Bear - (2013) with Valley Young

Long Plays[edit]

  • Upright in the Sunlight - (2014) with Valley Young


  1. ^ a b "Valley Young Front Man Finds Inspiration In The Darkness". The Daily Times. Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  2. ^ "Spotlight on: Cain and Annabelle, performing at Railwalk | Salisbury, NC". Salisbury Post. 2009-07-09. Retrieved 2011-10-31. 

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