Jim has been playing and teaching banjo since 1977. He has been a contributor to the premier banjo publication The Banjo Newsletter. You will also find him listed among the faculty alumni at highly esteemed acoustic music and banjo camps such as Steve Kaufman’s Acoustic Camp in Maryville, Tennessee, Banjo Newsletter Workshops and The Maryland Banjo Academy in Buckeystown, Maryland. Jim has taught classes at the John C. Campbell Folk School and the Folk School of Chattanooga.
As a master of several styles, Jim has found outlets for each of these in the musical community. He is the banjo player for The Hamilton County Ramblers. He performs regularly in an old time guitar & banjo duo with champion guitar player Roy Curry. Jim also spends time offering online assistance to beginner banjo players via the internet. Jim has also recently been seen performing with Shelby Satterfield and Lou Wamp and Bluetastic Fangrass.
Jim is an active and well respected member of the banjo and musical communities and continues to pursue the banjo’s music and its marvelous history. As an often reluctant yet always fierce competitor Jim’s banjo prowess has earned him many titles in contests all across the southeast.