Artemus James

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Artemus James
Artemus James in 2011
Background information
Birth name Andrew Crawford
Also known as Cain (with Cain & Annabelle)
Born October
Origin Tennessee/ North Carolina, United States
Genres Folk, Fringe-Folk, Alt-Country, Americana, Indie
Occupation(s) Singer-Songwriter, musician, actor, carpenter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 2008–present
Associated acts Year of the Bear, Cain & Annabelle

Artemus James is an American singer/songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He is the lead vocalist/songwriter for the band Year of the Bear. 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 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 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 Year of the Bear. February 1 of 2012, Year of the Bear began recording their debut studio Ep, Valley Young, and Lp, 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 Police Woman) on drums, Royston Langdon (Spacehog) on bass and Richard Steel (Spacehog) on lead guitar. In October, 2016, James began a solo tour promoting an upcoming 2017 release, Fondling Donkeys.

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
  • Valley Young - (2013) with Year of the Bear
  • Fondling Donkeys - (January 2017)

Long Plays[edit]

  • Upright in the Sunlight - (2015) with Year of the Bear


  1. ^ a b "Valley Young Front Man Finds Inspiration In The Darkness". The Daily Times. Archived from the original on 2013-02-03. Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  2. ^ "Spotlight on: Cain and Annabelle, performing at Railwalk | Salisbury, NC". Salisbury Post. 2009-07-09. Archived from the original on 2012-03-23. Retrieved 2011-10-31. 

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