was born in Bradenton, Florida, and grew up in Battle Creek,
that started it all for Jim was a May 1, 1958 episode of Playhouse 90
When he heard them sing “Scarlet Ribbons” it was as if lightning struck.
This was the music he wanted to play and sing.
After much hinting, Jim received his first guitar for Christmas that same year. It was a genuine Sears and Roebuck “Silvertone”, $32.00, including tax. Jim finally got the chance to drive his mother crazy, plunk, plunking away while he was learning.
Through the years, Jim and a good friend built a repertoire of folk songs and played and sang at neighborhood parties.
In the mid-nineties he fell in with some real musicians, and their friendship and talent helped him improve his talent. At the tender age of 57 years 10 months, he made his debut as a performer.
influences are, The Kingston Trio, Bob Dylan, Tom Paxton, Johnny Cash,
Kris Kristofferfson, John Prine and anybody else that writes a good song.
When asked what kind of music he plays, his response is,
songs that I like, I hope you like them too.”