McKinney, James and Angela


  • From Dallas, Texas.
  • James is originally from Ft. Payne, Alabama.
  • Age 15, James won the Southern States Banjo Championship.
  • Age 19, he moved to Nashville and directed Opryland’s bluegrass show. Also worked as a studio musician.
  • 1980, toured with Vassar Clements.
  • 1982, won the National Banjo Championship in Winfield, Kansas.
  • 1987, moved back to Dallas and formed Danger in the Air with wife Angela.
  • 1990, moved back to Nashville and formed the James and Angela McKinney Band.
  • 2004, released first album “A Clear View.”
  • 2008, Angela formed her own band called Angela McKinney and Her Mighty Small Band (based in Tennessee). James formed a band called James McKinney and the Night Travelers (based in Georgia).