"His style is pure Texas...."
Pete Smith, Rock Pile/Country Music Roundup, Britain
"Stricklan has established himself as a Texas treasure with this album."
Lucky Boyd, MyTexasMusic.com
Onstage or on-the-air, Jim Stricklan brings the soul of the southwest vibrantly alive. Like great paintings, Jim’s songs are vivid stories of life and love in his homeland—the Great American Southwest. A master storyteller of the airwaves, Jim’s warm baritone enhances the flow of his radio shows with sincerity and charm. Jim’s love of music as a teen led him down the twin paths of performance and radio that would feed each other to enrich his art for decades to come. While entertaining thousands of radio listeners in Denver, Houston, Shreveport and Austin, this self-taught guitarist of front rooms and back yards grew into the craft of performing songwriter in U.S. coffeehouses and clubs. Not content to be an award-winning radio personality, Jim has continued writing, recording, and performing his songs for live audiences across the country.
Jim’s roots hearken back to a time when Roy, Gene, and Hoppy rode the range to the delight of many a young cowboy and cowgirl. Well, maybe it wasn’t the old west, but it sure enough was the real west; real enough to spark the imaginations of millions of American kids for more than a century. As a pint-size cowboy—in his boots and pearl-handled six guns—Jim strummed his guitar underneath the big Texas sky, as the Pecos River rolled lazily along.
About the songs:
THERE STANDS THE GLASS – an up-tempo take on the honky-tonk classic.
TEXAS HAS IT ALL - two steppin' anthem to the Lone Star State featuring fiddler icon Johnny Gimble of TX Playboy's fame.
AMY FROM McCAMEY – a red hot swing tune about a Pecos River romance.
TEXAS MISTLETOE – a down-home holiday charmer with sassy guest vocals by Pauline Reese.
CHRISTMAS CAROL - tragic tale inspired by a visit to a haunted hotel on the Gulf coast.
SETTLES HOTEL - a waltz lamenting past glory days, glides on glistening steel guitar riffs by Danny Hawk, with references to the long-shuttered grand historic hotel of Big Spring. The great interest in this song and video helped boost support for the eventual restoration and reopening planned for 2013!!
LLANO ESTACADO - shuffle out to the wild open West Texas spaces and soak up the wonders, with Larry Rothwell on duet.
NUMBER ONE TO NOTHING - a perfect honky-tonk number with composer Lloyd Barnett and wife Annie on backing vocals.
ALTHEA – a spell-binding Civil War tale, reflecting Irish folk ballad roots, with instrumental and vocal textures by Arlene Faith Kortright and husband Russell Kortright.
For additional notes, detailed credits, lyrics, photos and more, visit our webpage for this album at www.frontroommusic.com\country man.html.