James Intveld is a So Cal wayfaring stranger. The epitome of a free-spirited man’s man of the world, he’s of the same mold as James Dean, John Wayne and Johnny Cash. He’s rough, yet honest. A sinner who revels in repentant croons sang over good ol’ boot-stompin,’ heathen rock ‘n’ roll. He’s wandered from dingy LA bars to sharing club presence with cryin'-in-your-beer-masters like Dwight Yoakam during the 1980s’ “cow punk” movement (just like the image it evokes, cow punk is a collision of country honkytonk and punk rock that sprang off from the Psychobilly movement).
During that time Intveld fronted The Rockin' Shadows who played all over Los Angeles and Orange County with bands like X and Social Distortion. At a show at the now-defunct Palomino Club, director John Mark Robinson approached Intveld about using his song "My Heart is Achin' For You" in the 1984 film Roadhouse 66, starring a young William Dafoe that you would hardly recognize without all his now-signature divet face wrinkles. Intveld scored a cameo in the film and that started a lifelong stake for him in acting. He went on to study method acting for 8 years and worked with his late friend River Phoenix, and the acclaimed Sean Penn.
Intveld is still the most talented mystery at the peak of the rockabilly, country honkytonk scene and underground film stage. Case in Point: in ’04 he filmed The Curse of El Charro, a horror flick where he plays the Arch Angel Michael (because there's nothing more heavenly than Intveld’s glam studded honkytonk jackets and greased back hair).
“I don’t know what I’d do if I didn’t do this,” Intveld says. “I’m in miserable bliss. It’s miserable working in the [music and film] business sometimes but I’m happy to be doing it. I don’t want to do anything else.”
Below is a taste of James's broad repertoire. Enjoy, Cowboys and Indians.
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