About this Artist
A San Francisco Bay Area-native, Jim is a musician, composer, record producer, and teacher. His third-generation traditional music roots began in Arkansas with his guitar-playing grandfather who taught Jim’s father, who in turn taught Jim. This pedigree contributes to his unmistakably traditional sound.
Jim recorded Snoopy’s guitar tracks for the Peanuts animated television special “Snoopy’s Reunion” in 1991 and was the guitarist on the theme song of “The Beverly Hillbillies” movie. Jim received two Grammy award certifications and two IBMA awards for his performance on the 1996 Bluegrass Album of the Year “True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe.” He recorded with David Grisman and Sam Bush on the much anticipated album “Hold On, We’re Strummin” which was nominated for two IBMA awards. Jim is a two-time Western Open Flatpicking and Master Picking Champion.
In 2005 Jim appeared alongside John Reischman on the Acoustic Disc release produced by David Grisman called Tone Poets.
He performs with John Reischman and the Jaybirds, The David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, Due West, Dix Bruce, and Keith Little.