Raised in a musical family in rural Pleasant Garden, North Carolina, Jim’s dad played guitar and sang mostly country music and his mom would join in on bass fiddle. Jim started playing guitar around the age of 12, being influenced by his dad and the music of the sixties & seventies.
Later being drawn to the sound of bluegrass music, Jim took up dobro guitar – inspired by Josh Graves, Brother Oswald, Mike Auldridge and, of course, Jerry Douglas. Jim has played with Southeast Express Bluegrass Band for over 20 years and well as Shortly Thereafter Band for 3 years and now plays dobro and sings lead and harmony with Hindsight Bluegrass.
*As Briscoe Darling would say, “Ya Got Time to breathe, ya got time for music.”