Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, James McAlister is a Los Angeles-based drummer who also has composing, engineering, producing, and multiple other instrument credits to his name. McAlister emerged on the music scene as a member of indie rock group Ester Drang before appearing as a session and touring drummer for dozens of recording artists, including a longtime affiliation with singer/songwriter Sufjan Stevens. He's also made electronic music under the moniker 900X. Formed in suburban Tulsa, Ester Drang also consisted of frontman Bryce Chambers, Sterling Williams, and Kyle Winner. The band released its debut album, That Is When He Turns Us Golden, on Red Crown Record Empire in 1999. After adding David Motter to the lineup, Goldenwest followed on Burnt Toast Vinyl in 2002, and on the Jade Tree label, 2003's Infinite Keys featured the ...
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