The inspiration for this album blew in like a Chinook Wind. This is a songwriter album, personal and intimate, with the
artist's evocative vocal and guitar framed by subtle instrumentation to focus on the Art of Song. I wanted to keep it simple and showcase the songs rather than production bling. THANKS TO: George Coyne for recording this and all the other albums I’ve made over the past dozen years; to the players who added spice to the mix; to Doug Taylor for loaning me his fine maple 12- string guitar; to Kelly Zant who took time out to photograph me near her home in Vealmoor, Texas earlier this year—during a west Texas Chinook Wind; to Butch Hause for both inspiring and adding finishing touches to “Cross-legged on the Floor,” (from our cowboy yoga years); to Townes Van Zandt for teaching us poetry; to Tom Warkoczewski and Kelly Halls for many fun years of Austin guitar debauchery; to Michelle Rahbar for her beautiful artwork on this and many of my recent CDs; and to Leslie Stricklan for tracking assistance and web site wizardry. Last but not least—thanks to all whom’ve listened to and supported my music. I’m immeasurably grateful. Jim, Front Room Music ~ September 2012.
About the Songs:
Greetings from Texas ~ a slow ballad version of this song originally appeared on a 1988 cassette, recorded in
Louisiana. This livelier rendition was inspired by Doug Taylor’s 12-string Guild and I chose to make it a solo performance,
one of two on this album.
Tom & Kelly’s Blues ~ a tribute to picker friends Tom Warkoczewski and Kelly Halls, with whom I’ve spent
many hours jamming. Tim Nolan added the blues harp and Doug is on bass; a special nod to Townes Van Zandt, one of our favorite songwriters, and our genuine respect for the Deep River Blues.
Legends in Our Minds ~written for my first wife, the dancer. Ironically, I re-wrote the first verse in tribute
to Neil Armstrong only a few months before he died. He was a real legend, although Sharon and I each blazed some trails of our own. She passed away many years ago. RIP...
Chinook Wind ~ I recently found a poem written for Leslie back when we were dating in the mid-80s, and turned
it into a song. It’s one of my favorite things I’ve written and was very much like the experience of a Chinook wind.
Jim, I asked myself ~Written in the early 70s actually, around the time I began playing the coffee houses.
There's a live recording of this song, performed in concert at the Denver Folklore Center in 1977. However, this is the first
time I’ve played it in thirty-five years and the 12-string just seemed to fit.
Spirit Catchers ~ Many Americans, especially from the middle-class, have had some experience with the
corporate mentality and bear the scars to prove it. This is a song for all of us who've managed to survive with our
souls still intact. This message can apply to other scenarios, too.
Feather’s Song ~ I’ve written songs for all three of our calico cats over the years. Miss Lizzy (Old Famous),
Xena (Catnap Waltz), and finally, a song for Feather. I could not put a price on the love, therapy, entertainment, and
companionship these feline friends have provided Leslie and me.
Cross-legged on the Floor ~ This tune sprung from visits with my Colorado friend “Ranger” Butch Hause, who brought many
notable characters (like Ramblin' Jack Elliot) to KBRQ for interviews on my Denver radio show during the 1980s. A man of many talents, the Ranger has given my music many a boost over the years, on stage and in the studio. This one's for him!
Close to Home ~ I wrote this a few years back when I was feeling low and trying to get a grip. I took inspiration
from my late friend Steve Brown, as well as fellow storyteller Tom T. Hall. The baseball metaphors somehow worked themselves into the picture. Never give up because you never know when the next chinook wind will blow in and chase the chill away.