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James Donald “Jim” Root (born October 2, 1971), also known by his number #4, is an American musician known for being the rhythm guitarist of the heavy metal band, Slipknot, and the lead guitarist for rock band, Stone Sour. He was the last member to join the current line-up of Slipknot, in January 1999.

James Root has performed in bands such as Atomic Opera, Deadfront and Stone Sour; the latter which he joined in 1995, and returned to along with vocalist Corey Taylor, during its revival in 2002. Prior to joining Slipknot, he worked as a screenprinter, waiter, and busboy. Root joined the band in January 1999, replacing their original guitarist, Josh Brainard, who left the band during the recording of their self-titled album, reportedly after having fulfilled his recording duties. In fact, the only two songs Root recorded during the album’s sessions were “Purity” and “Me Inside”, the former being featured on the short-lived first pressing of Slipknot as well as the 10th Anniversary Edition, and the latter being its replacement. Despite this, the song has become a staple for most of the band’s live performances. Slipknot vocalist Corey Taylor invited Root to join the band based on Taylor’s past experiences working with him in Stone Sour. Although filling in the spot of rhythm guitar in 1999, Root has written lead guitar parts for Slipknot’s later albums particularly on All Hope is Gone. Root typically performs on lead guitar in Stone Sour, although he sometimes plays rhythm instead.

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