James Carothers, who calls himself an adopted son-in-law of Pulaski, will highlight the Pulaski Corn Show’s entertainment with a two-hour concert beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11.
Carothers, a professional musician, became the “adopted son-in-law” when he married Pulaski’s own, Jill Osenbaugh, a number of years ago.
Carothers’ career began taking off in 2015 when Jill got a job in Nashville, Tenn. and began promoting her husband on social media.
“I’ve played the spectrum from kitchens and back porches to bars and arenas,” James said. “I’ve opened for Alan Jackson several times and will open for him again on Oct. 8 when we perform in the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. His band has been very nice to work with and they have given us a lot of opportunities.”
Carothers was privileged to perform at the Grand Ole Opry in 2020, just before COVID hit.
“COVID played havoc with our schedule,” he said, “but now we’re getting a lot of work as we play catch up and book lots of new gigs as well.
James travels widely in his career, and was homeward bound from gigs in San Antoni0and Houston as he spoke with the Bloomfield Democrat last week.
He said it’s rewarding to be in business with his spouse. Jill takes care of booking performances, social media promotion, travel arrangements and uploading all videos.
Though she makes the travel arrangements, Jill often remains home to care for their three boys, Charlie, 12; Eli, 11; and Bo, 4.
James and Jill will be returning to Pulaski together, however, following a three-day run in Illinois.
For the Davis County crowd, Carothers said he will be performing a bunch or original songs — some from an album he is releasing in October and others from four earlier albums.
“We’ll be doing a lot of classic and traditional country tunes as well,” he said. “I have a great country band with a great fiddle player, guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar and drums.”
Carothers began performing at age 13 or 14 with his dad, and in high school began forming his own bands. He grew up in Los Alamos, New Mexico.
He met Jill while working with her brother, Keith.
Looking forward to returning to Pulaski, he said, “They (Pulaskians)are good salt of the earth people; I look forward to seeing everyone once again and eating at Pulaski Gas and Grill.”
Other performers featured at the Corn Show are Lori King & Jct. 63 on Thursday night and the Chickadees on Friday night.
A complete schedule of Corn Show events can be found in the ad on page 8B of this issue of the Bloomfield Democrat, and an events map can be found on page 4B.