Husband/wife duo slated to perform Uptown concert

Aaron Krause • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:01 PM

Imagine the chemistry possibilities between two performers who not only share with each other the love of music, but each other.

You might witness that chemistry if you attend the 7:30 p.m. Wednesday performance featuring Jamestown at the Norwalk Theatre.

The husband and wife duo of Dave and Jill James will perform original country music compositions and a couple others. Their musical accompaniment includes Jeff Denney on drums, Judy Pastva on bass, Jerry MacDonald on keyboards and Rick Troyer on steel guitar.

"It feels so good knowing he's right there next to me," Jill James said. "He's my hero.

Dave James returned the favor.

"It looks like one of the greatest experiences ever," he said about performing with his wife. "It's like all great things rolled up together."

The couple have been married a little more than a year, but have formed a partnership in life and music, writing and performing together for the past few years.

Jill is a multi-talented singer, songwriter and guitar player who has opened for country recording acts Hot Apple Pie and Emerson Drive. She competed in the Colgate Country Showdown last year and won the local, state and regional level. She performed in the National Finals with country music singer and songwriter LeAnn Rimes.

Dave James is an accomplished guitarist, singer and songwriter. He has released seven CDs and opened for numerous national acts, including: Billy Ray Cyrus, Charlie Daniels, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Joe Diffie, Martina McBride and others.

Together, Dave and Jill James presently hold the state title for Ohio in the Colgate Country Showdown. The competition is designed to find the most promising country music talent in America and to give those performers a chance to launch their professional music careers.

The couple also own Curtain Call Productions, which offers acting and singing lessons for youngsters.

Mayor Sue Lesch said she hopes Jamestown's performance Wednesday is just the start of live, local entertainment in the Maple City.

"Anytime we can get live entertainment in town that's a good thing," Lesch said. "People in the community look for that." IF YOU GO

WHAT: Jamestown

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday

WHERE: Norwalk Theatre, uptown Norwalk

HOW MUCH: Tickets are $5 for general admission and $10 for reserved seating. Box office will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday and will re-open at 6 p.m.

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