Jim is a singer-songwriter-guitarist and former stand-up
comedian, a native of Morgantown, West Virginia. He began to play
guitar during his college days in the early 1970s, incorporated music
into his act as a professional comedian in the 1980s and launched into
the "restaurant-coffeehouse" scene in the 1990s.
Jim has a strong voice and is a very versatile guitarist
who plays with a unique touch and in various open tunings. His favorite
styles include folk, pre-war Delta slide, blues, classic-country and
acoustic rock. His original songs are mostly humorous and his parody
"Squirrels Just Want to Have Fun" is always well received. His act
features improvisational exchanges with the audience. Like the
squirrels, Jim just wants to have fun! He collects vintage stringed
instruments and typically uses a 1934 National Steel resonator guitar
and a 1932 Gibson L-00 on stage.
In addition to shows in night clubs and ski resorts, his
comedy pursuits landed him jobs on stage as an opening act for many
musicians including: Steven Stills, Leon Redbone, Leon Russell and
Edgar Winter; as well as with Jay Leno, Roseanne, Jerry Seinfeld and
numerous other well-known comics. During this time, Jim enjoyed living
in the mountains near Boulder, Colorado. He has now returned to the
hills of West Virginia, and we're always happy to have him visit with
us at the BrazenHead Inn.