"Jim's a poet, through and through. His songs are vignettes from the heart, observations from the mind."
Jon Chandler / JMC Music Group
“Feels and sounds like the wide open spaces of the West.”
Ray Benson, Asleep at the Wheel
Jim Stricklan’s CD, GRAND CANYON – Songs of the American West, is an acoustic chronicle of his western journeys.
GRAND CANYON opens with Jim’s up-tempo swing arrangement of HOME ON THE RANGE and closes with a laid back bluesy take on TUMBLING TUMBLEWEEDS. These classic western tunes frame a string of spell-binding originals. With visions of the American West like Colorado mountains, New Mexico hot springs, and buffalo along the Cimarron, Jim’s CD takes you on a musical adventure. HOLLY, a lovely ballad, lands you at the shores of Lake Powell on a hot summer night and asks the romantic question, “what if?” GRAND CANYON, inspired by two personal visits to the famed national park, floats you to the very precipice, overlooking that awesome natural wonder! COLORADO RIVER SANDHILL CRANE is a melodic and heart-wrenching song from Jim’s longtime West Texas pal Larry Rothwell.
For liner notes, detailed credits, stories behind the songs, lyrics, photos and more, visit the album page on our website at www.frontroommusic.com\grandcanyon.html.
Onstage or on-the-air, the soul of the southwest is vibrantly alive in the authentic artistry of Jim Stricklan. 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 listeners as a radio personality in Denver, Houston, Shreveport and Austin, this self-taught guitarist of front rooms and back yards grew into the craft of performing songwriter in coffeehouses and clubs. Along the way, Jim won honors from national music trade journals, Westword’s “Best of Denver”, The Colorado Country Music Foundation and The Southern Songwriters Guild . His radio experience has enabled him to work with many great artists, including Charlie Daniels, Ray Benson, and Johnny Gimble. Jim has gained media stature and performing versatility by focusing his talent for creating the intimate musical moment.
Prolific and colorful, Jim’s recording legacy began when he was featured on the 1976 KBPI Colorado Album. Significant airplay for his song No Resistance led to prominent club showcases. In Houston, Jim’s first studio album, the 1980 LP Whereabouts Unknown, helped launch his independent publishing company Front Room Music. Two country LP’s made in Denver and a cassette album recorded in Louisiana followed. In December 1986, his country single "Your Hiding Place" (West of Jim Stricklan CD) entered the national charts.
In Austin since 1990, Jim has created CD’s that roam the musical range from country, swing and blues to acoustic rock and folk; offsetting fully produced studio works with intimate gems that return to his “Front Room Music” roots. The Front Room Music catalogue includes two excellent songbooks and over a dozen splendid CD’s. Jim's songs are now heard coast to coast, as well as in Europe and the South Pacific. He has played a wide range of venues and events including Austin Music Hall, Pecan Street Festival, Shreveport's Hirsch Coliseum, Denver's Paramount Theater, and the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame. He has opened for such well known artists as Shake Russell, Guy Clark, Jerry Jeff Walker, Arlo Guthrie, and Asleep at The Wheel. Jim and his longtime musical pal Larry Rothwell often share the stage as Jim & Larry's Occassional Band, with their original wit and charm.