James Mastro is the quiet one they all warned you about. In 1978, age 17 and still in high school, he started playing with former Television guitarist Richard Lloyd and appears on the album "Alchemy" (Elektra). He was a member of The Bongos from 1981-86, and recorded two albums for RCA. In 1987, he formed Strange Cave, with an all-female backup band that included Soozie Tyrell (Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band).
In 1991-2001 he was co-founder of the Health & Happiness Show who recorded 3 albums for Bar None Records. Request magazine siad of Mastro, "He is truly one of America's best songwriters."
James has produced over fifty artists, including Jill Sobule, Steve Wynn, Amy Speace, and Tiny Lights. Artsits he's played and toured and recorded with include Ian Hunter, John Cale, Patti Smith, The Jayhawks, Butch Hancock, Phoebe Snow, Chris Stamey and Robert Plant.