Jim Krause moved to Kansas to attend Bethel College, North Newton, Kansas in the fall of 1971. While he was a student there, he developed an interest in the folk music of the United States. A work/study program in eastern Kentucky during Jim's junior year furthered a continuing interest in American folk music. After completing his senior vocal recital, a pioneering venture that included both traditional and original material, Jim graduated from Bethel in May, 1975 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in vocal music performance.
Many of the Appalacian folk songs he presents had their beginnings in sixteenth or seventeenth century Great Britain, or earlier. Not content to stop there, Jim also explores the African influence in American folk music performing vocal and instrumental selections on the gut strung gourd banjo.
These, and the songs of Irish composer and lyricist Thomas Moore (1779-1852) Jim performs accompanying himself on instruments of the period, such as the 18th century wire strung, so-called English guittar [sic], or the fiddle, as well as the banjo. Appearing in historical attire, programs are available for most all occasions such as historic sites, museums, schools, community celebrations, and rendezvous.
"It's exactly the kind of tunes that rendezvous participants would enjoy hearing more of. . . ." Eric A. Bye Muzzle Blasts Magazine
I've been happy to play cuts from "Going Up the Missouri: Songs & Dance Tunes from Old Fort Osage" on my show. Jim Krause is a fine story-teller, who uses no "bells and whistles" to paint his pictures. The music is straightforward and engaging, with simple accompaniements that enhance the music. It's decidedly "UN-hyphenated" folk music.
Host, "Acoustic Workshop"
CIUT fm. Toronto.
I'm an avid music lover, especially the colonial or folk music that so many people sing while at an event, so there is no need in me saying that I was pleasantly surprised when I opened up the package from Jim Krause and insside was a CD. I hurriedly popped the CD into my stereo, and I was treated to the music from Mr. Krause. The first song on the CD, and incindentally my favorite one, is call[ed] "In Good Old Colony Days" which features an incredible 3 part harmony arranged by Mr. Krause. All in all the CD is filled with good music. Mr. Krause not only sings on the CD but also plays the English Guittar, the banjo, and the violin on the CD.
Something else I enjoyed about this CD was the liner notes. They feature information about each song, such as the date that the song was first published and where, as well as a little history on the instruments played.
Jason W. Gatliff "On The Trail" Vol. 8, No. 2 March/April 2001 p. 35