Jim began his guitar experience when he acquired his grandfather's guitar in '60, he hasn't been able to shake the music bug since. He acquired his rudiments from watching a friend of his father's who came to his house frequently to jam with his father, a clarinet player, in various styles of music. As a youngster Jim was always listening to the radio and would often pick out a line or two from tunes he would hear, classic blues tunes being some of his favorite inspirations. After attending a high school dance he realized he should have been in a band, but took his instrument playing through four years of Navy service and even attended some of the all night jams during the hippie movement of the early 70's. During his military time he discovered the slide, or bottleneck style, while listening to the current players and later, the old roots players. He thankfully gives the British blues players credit for preserving and returning the blues back to where it came from, the good old U.S.A.! After returning home he hooked up with some other musicians and played in bands until '79 to devote time to life issues, job, and so on, but, he never really quit playing as it was his favorite pastime. A few years later, unable to deny the music any longer, he got together with other musicians and began playing in bands again, he also served on church worship teams and often appears with friends at various local venues. Most recently he has returned to playing the slide guitar as his main instrument, something you will hear on his current record.