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Who does Jim Jones sound like, you ask? Well, of course, he sounds like Jim Jones (not the Guyana guy, not the rapper!). You can hear samples of his music on Reverbnation, Noise Trade and CD Baby. If you try to describe him, though, here’s what it comes down to…he’s a Western Folk Singer in the tradition of Woody Guthrie, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and more recently, Ian Tyson and Chuck Pyle (the “Zen Cowboy”). He’s a native Texan who moved a little farther West so he could enjoy the beauties of New Mexico. He sings songs about the West…cowboys, horses & cattle, cattle rustlers, the coming of the train. He also sings songs about the people and the land, the rivers and the mountains, the beauty of the Western sky. He’s a bit of a philosopher although he keeps that well-hidden under a sharp and self-deprecating wit. You’ll have a lot of fun at his show and you might find yourself thinking about something a little deeper, later when you have time to reflect. He tells some of the corniest jokes you’ve ever heard and unfortunately, when you groan, it just eggs him on. Nobody’s perfect. He plays a mean acoustic guitar; at times, you’ll think there are two guitars up there. He says he’s stolen every Bill Hearne lick he could play, which still leaves Bill with a whole bunch all his own. Yes, he’s got some age on him…think Jeff Bridges in “Crazy Heart,” only not burned out…but he hasn’t slowed down a bit. If you like songs that tell a story, if you like singer/songwriters who can play the heck out of their instrument, if you like having fun and feeling good, you’ll like Jim.
The 2012 release of “Borrowed Time,” won the 2013 Western Writers of America Spur Award for Western Song of the Year for “Texas is Burnin’.”
Jim's award-winning novels, the Jared Delaney Trilogy: Rustler’s Moon, Colorado Moon and Waning Moon, set in northern New Mexico, are “loosely based in fact…basically, a pack of lies I made up.” They have educated, informed and entertained readers around the world.