Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Jim’s original life's ambition was to become a rock and roll star. That didn't work out. He’s worked as a checkout clerk, security guard, telephone interviewer, research assistant, teaching assistant, visiting assistant professor, package handler for a parcel delivery service, and office clerk in a plastics factory. In 2002, he got back into music, started writing songs, put together a rock oldies band, and joined a country band. He met his wife at a bluegrass/old time jam session, and formed a folk duo with her (Cabbage Creek) even before he started dating her.
Jim plays a mixture of folk, rock, country, bluegrass, blues, Americana, pop, and Gospel. He mostly plays guitar, but also plays mandolin, mountain dulcimer, and harmonica. In 2012, he placed second in the mid-east regional mountain dulcimer competition in Coshocton, OH. In each of the past two years, he has been a winner in the New Songs Showcase at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS. His latest CD, “Mr. Froggy And Mr. Bear,” is a collection of his childrens songs.
Jim is always now looking for more ways to share his music with others. According to Jim, “Music is about connecting with someone, touching their lives, whether changing the way they look at the world, or simply adding a little bit of happiness for a brief moment. You can see this best when playing on a street corner or at a farmer's market or street fair, when somebody walking by hears the music for a few seconds and smiles or starts dancing or bobbing their heads to the music. I live for that! There are few things in this world more fun than making music for people.”