James Stroud

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James Stroud
Born (1949-07-04) July 4, 1949 (age 71) [1]
OriginShreveport, Louisiana, United States
GenresCountry, R&B, Soul, Disco
Occupation(s)Session musician, record producer
InstrumentsGuitar, synthesizer, drums
Years active1960s-present
Associated actsPaul Davis, King Floyd, Clay Walker, Darryl Worley, Toby Keith

James Stroud (born July 4, 1949) is an American musician and record producer who works in pop, rock, R&B, soul, disco, and country music. He played with the Malaco Rhythm Section for Malaco Records.[2] In the 1990s, he was the president of Giant Records (a subsidiary of Warner Bros. Records) and held several credits as a session drummer. He later worked for DreamWorks Records Nashville and in 2008 founded his own label, Stroudavarious Records.


Stroud was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, United States, one of five children. He began playing drums at local bar bands in Texas and Louisiana. Stroud worked with musicians such as Paul Davis in the 1960s. He and Davis also took on songwriting duties for Jackson, Mississippi-based Malaco Records. He played with and produced many acts throughout the 1960s and 1970s. While involved at Malaco, he worked with R&B artists, including Dorothy Moore, King Floyd, Frederick Knight, Jackie Moore, The Controllers, Fern Kinney, and Anita Ward.[2] He co-produced and played on Dorothy Moore's "Misty Blue", which was a major US and UK hit, going on to sell over four million copies.

He was also a session musician working with the band, Sparks which he provided guitar, drums and keyboards. He also started playing drums and synthesizer with Paul Davis,[3] taking influences from rock and R&B artists. In the early-1980s, he began playing for Eddie Rabbitt.[4] From there, Stroud had become a prolific session drummer in Nashville, Tennessee, backing Ronnie Milsap, K.T. Oslin and others. He was also a member of the Marshall Tucker Band. He is noted for discovering Taylor Swift.[citation needed]

In the late-1980s, Stroud founded The Writers' Group, a publishing company. He also took up producing, and in 1989 was named by the Academy of Country Music as Producer of the Year.[4] When Warner Bros. Records founded the Giant Records branch, Stroud became president of the new label and produced several of its acts, including Carlene Carter, Dennis Robbins, Tracy Lawrence, Daryle Singletary and Clay Walker.[4] At the same time, he produced acts not signed to the label. Between 1993 and 1994, twenty-one singles produced by Stroud reached the top of the country charts.[4]

After Giant Records closed in 2000, Stroud moved to DreamWorks Records Nashville, where he worked as a producer for several artists including Darryl Worley. After the label closed down in 2005, Stroud joined Universal Music Group (DreamWorks' parent company) and served as co-CEO alongside Luke Lewis until 2007.[5] In July 2008 he founded a new label, Stroudavarious Records, to which he signed Worley as the flagship artist.[6]


With Joe Cocker

With Dionne Warwick

With Glen Campbell

With Paul Simon

With Melissa Manchester

With Tracy Lawrence

With Michael Martin Murphey

With Patrick Hernandez

With Tim McGraw

With Eddie Rabbitt

With Mark Collie

With Crystal Gayle

With Carl Wilson

With Toby Keith

With Joan Baez

With Nigel Olsson

  • Nigel Olsson (Columbia Records, 1978)
  • Nigel (Bang Records, 1979)
  • Changing Tides (Epic Records, 1980)

With Tanya Tucker

With Kenny Rogers

With Nicolette Larson


  1. ^ "James Stroud Discography at Discogs". Discogs.com. 1949-07-04. Retrieved 2011-08-03.
  2. ^ a b "James Stroud". Discogs.com. Retrieved February 13, 2020.
  3. ^ "James Stroud | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved February 13, 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d Caudell, Al (1995-05-14). "James Stroud: From Rock to Country". American Songwriter. Retrieved 2009-02-04.
  5. ^ Bjorke, Matt. "James Stroud Signs Darryl Worley to New Label". Roughstock. Archived from the original on 2008-08-01. Retrieved 2009-02-04.
  6. ^ "Stroudavarious Records launches". Country Standard Time. 2008-07-21. Retrieved 2009-02-04.