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Grammy-Nominated Hit Songwriter & Author Tim James Releases New Book "Going Crazy (Left Foot, Right Foot, Breathe)"

Available Through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, And Tim James’ Website


Live Performance & Book Signing – Backstage Nashville – 3rd & Lindsley, Saturday, June 1st, 12:30 PM

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“Having been told to go back to Oklahoma upon my arrival in Music City, and having faced my own battles, I can certainly identify with Going Crazy, (Left Foot, Right Foot, Breathe) by Tim James. Not only does it provide an accurate look into the music business, it also proves that perseverance is the key to the business and life. Filled with some painful and joyful pictures of Tim’s ups and downs, it ropes you in with its details and easily readable stories. Not only is it Tim’s story, it could be all of ours.” – Toby Keith, Iconic Grammy-Nominated, Muti-Award-Winning, Chart-Topping Entertainer/Songwriter


“Tim James’ ‘Going Crazy (Left Foot, Right Foot, Breathe),’ is not only a must-read for songwriters, his personal story beyond hit songwriting make this a compelling and inspirational book for anyone. It is authentic, honest and truly moved me.” – Bart Herbison, Executive Director, Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI)


“Tim James has written an intensely personal and engaging memoir, which, like its author, is full of conviction and grit. Going Crazy is a humorous, moving, and deeply human story with broad appeal.” – Book Review Directory


“Crazy is in the eye of the beholder. Is it unusual, for instance, for Tim James to choreograph his own death in the very first chapter? That might be crazy, but for all the resilience and determination to live life to the fullest, that’s one performance for which readers, fortunately, will have to wait.” – BookTrib.

“Going Crazy (Left Foot, Right Foot, Breathe) is a compelling memoir that transcends the ordinary, making it a significant read for those who appreciate the genre. Tim James’ life story, rich in experiences and emotions, is not just a recounting of events but a journey of transformation and resilience.” – Literary Titan


“Immersive and poignant; a stunner.”  


“…Despite starting his music career relatively late and facing the common belief that music executives do not sign individuals in their mid-thirties, James persisted in pursuing his passion for songwriting. He continued to hone his craft, perform gigs, and collaborate with other musicians, showcasing his determination to succeed despite the odds. However, the book is more than just a tale of triumph against adversity; it’s a deeply human story of love, loss, and resilience. Whether you’re a fan of country music or simply appreciate a well-told tale, this is a must-read.” – The Prairies Book

(May 31, 2024 – Nashville, Tenn.) – Grammy-nominated/multi-award-winning hit songwriter and author Tim James is excited about the release of his adventurous new memoir, Going Crazy (Left Foot, Right Foot, Breathe). The book is a true labor of love – a genuine reflection of his multi-faceted personal life journey that touches on everything from his youth to his career, to personal relationships, and the obstacles he has encountered and overcome along the way. All of this is recounted through James’ compelling storytelling, much like his songwriting which will have readers hanging on every word until the last sentence. Going Crazy (Left Foot, Right Foot, Breathe) is now available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble and can also be purchased on his website. Check it out HERE


Tim James was born and raised in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Having written hit songs which became standards, include “My List”/Toby Keith, “Give It All We Got Tonight”/George Strait, and “Love Like Crazy”/Lee Brice, one might think the Tennessee native has enjoyed an easy life but that could not be further from the truth. In Going Crazy (Left Foot, Right Foot, Breathe), James takes readers on an unforgettable poignant journey inviting them into his life to see the music industry from his perspective – from the inside out – and as they say, “for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer.” The narrative shares not only an in-depth look behind the scenes of professional songwriting but much deeper than that, it offers readers hope and encouragement as James opens up about overcoming his own trials and tribulations, appropriately beginning each chapter with a verse of a song portraying his current state of mind and setting up each of his stories. 


James has an inspiring message with insight to share – how he went from a small-town country boy to life in the fast lane moving to Los Angeles, and back home again. During this personal journey, James not only shares the high points, but from a very honest and vulnerable place, he also reveals the loss, the lows, which are very low, his insecurities, the mistakes he’s made and lessons he’s learned along the way. He continues touching on near-death experiences, mental health struggles, his turbulent love life and divorce, legal challenges, and even a midlife crisis. Ultimately, however, he stayed the course and did not give up during these difficult times. Instead, he flourished both personally and professionally and all of these “stories” shaped him into the man he is today. James crafted this book both as a means of self-healing and also to help others struggling with similar challenges to offer his insight to let them know that they are not alone.

Written from raw emotion and life experience, Going Crazy (Left Foot, Right Foot, Breathe) is a true testament to American grit. James believes that no matter what life throws at you, with faith, perseverance, and integrity, you can do anything you set your mind to and watch your dreams become reality.


“Life is about perseverance,” reflects James. “Not only does it hold true in the entertainment world, it applies to life as well. Going Crazy (Left Foot, Right Foot, Breathe) is about overcoming the odds and maintaining one’s sanity while chasing creative dreams and experiencing the ups and downs of life. While writing down my thoughts and putting them in a song comes natural to me, putting my raw emotions and difficult experiences on paper was frightening. My only hope is that someone will read it and realize we all have our own battles to fight. But by taking one step at a time and one breath at a time, we all possess the power to make it through our roughest days.”


James continues to write, performs regulary, and his songs are still being cut and released by the biggest names in country music. He has had recent cuts by Kenny Chesney, Chris Stapleton, and a duet on the new George Strait album featuring Chris Stapleton. James is the father of two teens and two dogs and is enjoying life back in his hometown.


Come out and see Tim James at 3rd & Lindsley (818 3rd Ave S., Nashville, TN. Phone: 615-259-9891) on Saturday, June 1st at Backstage Nashville! You will have the opportunity to hear several of his hit songs and the stories behind these songs. He will have a book signing immediately following the show. You won’t want to miss this! Purchase tickets HERE


For more information on Tim James, his music, and upcoming shows, visit his WebsiteFacebook, and Instagram.



Tim James is a Grammy-nominated, multi-award-winning songwriter, the co-writer of Toby Keith’s five-week #1 “My List,” the Bucky Covington Top 10 “It’s Good To Be Us,” and the monster hit “Holler Back,” recorded by The Lost Trailers. James has had over 40 major label cuts by country artists including Alabama, Buddy Jewell, Chris Young, Craig Morgan, Darius Rucker, Joe Nichols, Josh Turner, Lee Ann Womack, Montgomery Gentry, and CCM group Point of Grace. He wrote the Grammy-nominated (Best Country Song in 2009) Trace Adkins’ single “All I Ask For Anymore,”  the 2010 Billboard Song of the Year and #1 Hit “Love Like Crazy” recorded by Lee Brice (nominated for 2010 ACM Song of the Year breaking the record for the number of consecutive weeks on the charts). James also penned the Rodney Atkins single, “He’s Mine,” the George Strait #1 single “Give It All We Got Tonight,” and the title track and single from Darius Rucker’s album Southern Style. Recently, he has had cuts by Kenny Chesney, Chris Stapleton, and a duet on the new George Strait album featuring Chris Stapleton. When James is not writing, you can find him out performing live. Visit to learn more!

Photograph Credit: Brandi MacLaren