Jim has been writing songs and performing live since the early 1990's. His career began with solo acoustic performances near the city of Albany, New York, where he grew up. After various collaborations, including almost 3 years with the Albany-based jam band Jerkwater Ruckus, he left to travel across the country. Jim is now back in New York and is focusing on his political new-grass project, The Grassroots Rebels.
As a member of Jerkwater Ruckus, as a solo artist, and as a member of The Grassroots Rebels, Jim has performed in many music venues across New York State and the northeastern United States, including the legendary Wetlands Preserve and the Lion’s Den both in New York City, Valencia’s in Burlington, Vermont, the Monopole in Plattsburgh, New York, Revolution Hall in Troy, NY and regularly at Club Caroline’s in Saratoga Springs and the former Valentine's Music Hall and The Low Beat in Albany, New York. Over the years he has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with various members of moe., Ominous Seapods, Conehead Buddha, and Moonboot Lover.
His style of music can best be described as acoustic rock with a touch of bluegrass and folk with influences ranging from Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Cat Stevens to The Grateful Dead, Beck, Nick Drake, and Phish. Additional influences include Bela Fleck, Leo Kottke, David Grisman, and Chris Thile, to name a few.