“Anyone in the world wanting to understand American music could well start here.”
– Pete Seeger (about Rooney’s book BOSSMEN )
The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) recently announced they would be honoring Jim with the DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT AWARD at their conference Sept 27-29, 2016. Last year at the awards show, Mr. Rooney (he was wearing a suit) delivered the tribute address and presented the Hall of Fame Award to his longtime musical partner Bill Keith. He will be busy that week as there is an interview scheduled at the Country Music Hall of Fame, and a release of a new John Prine album with corresponding concerts, plus a gig with The Irregulars.
Note from Rooney:
“I’ll be doing an interview on stage with Peter Cooper at the Hall of Fame Saturday Sept 24, 1:30? Also, I have to leave the IBMA luncheon right after getting my award to fly back to Nashville to play Thursday the 29th at the Station Inn. Then the next 2 nights Prine is at the Ryman to launch the new duets album “For Better Or Worse.” Pretty hectic time!”
9/24/16 Peter Cooper Interview
9/29/16 IBMA Special Awards luncheon 11:00 am Raleigh NC
9/30/16-10/1/16 John Prine 2016 Tour at the RYMAN AUDITORIUM
Jim Rooney is a folksinger. He is a leading member of the generation that came of age during the great folk music revival of the late 50s/early 60s for whom the moniker ‘folksinger’ encompassed not only performing but, like Alan Lomax, Mike Seeger, Paul Clayton, Dave Van Ronk, and others, also included folklore “scholarship” exploring related roots music.
Rooney’s career branched into many areas of bringing this heritage into the popular culture – from managing the quintessential Boston coffeehouse CLUB 47 to booking the NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL to publishing songs recorded by country music megastar GARTH BROOKS to producing albums of a number of the most influential post-Dylan singer-songwriters ( Townes Van Zandt, Nanci Griffith, John Prine, Iris Dement) to authoring works documenting the history of American folk music. The latest addition to this last category is a personal memoir, IN IT FOR THE LONG RUN .