- From Keysville, Virginia.
- 1974, 1976-1979, 1986-1988, played banjo with the Country Gentlemen.
- Has also worked with Ricky Skaggs, Del McCoury, Doyle Lawson, U.S. Senator Robert Byrd, Gary Ferguson, many others.
- 1998, formed “James Bailey and Company,” a band with Malcolm Pulley (guitar), Randy Cook (mandolin) and Doug Ganey (bass).
- 2001, released solo banjo album “James Bailey Bluegrass.”
- 2014, retired from the music business.