PAR Contributor of the Month Will James Leach

The time has flown by, from the days of pulling a one-axle trailer with my pickup truck to now loading two semi-trucks at a time to head out to some great gigs.
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Will James and his wife Skip at the Jay Leno/Chris Berman party following Super Bowl XLII.
Live Audio Engineer
Scottsdale, AZ
"I am 55 years old, and I started doing this stuff back in the early '70s by pushing speakers and cases and twirling wire. I married my wife, Skip, in '77, and then embarked upon a career in on-air radio from '78 to '81. I exited the radio industry in '81 (as I was far too attached to the music) and immediately created Atlantis Audio [a full-service audio-production firm for concerts, conferences, festivals, and other events — Ed].

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By the mid '80s, we added a modest lighting package to our list of gear, then added stage and roof over the years. We currently work with acts such as LeAnn Rimes, Sugarland, Gary Allen, Neal McCoy, Little Big Town, and — as illustrated in this QSC review — Emerson Drive. It seems like we work with a ton of country acts, but they sure are nice folks to work with.

"We have three kids, all of whom have been raised in the business, and all work with us regularly. The time has flown by, from the days of pulling a one-axle trailer with my pickup truck to now loading two semi-trucks at a time to head out to some great gigs. "To quote Jerry Garcia, 'What a long, strange trip it's been.'"