Although much of his career in music has been spent behind the scenes – as producer, engineer, club manager, talent buyer, music publisher, author of books and liner notes – Jim has performed and recorded as an artist in his own right, as a duo with banjo-innovator Bill Keith, as a bandmember in various folk groups, and currently as the leader of THE IRREGULARS, a confederation of Nashville singer/songwriters and session players.
A partial list follows:
LIVIN’ ON THE MOUNTAIN (1963) with BILL KEITH on banjo, autoharp, guitar originally on Prestige/Folklore with others from the Boston/Cambridge folk scene: Joe Val, mandolin / Herb Hooven, fiddle / Herb Applin, guitar / Fritz Richmond, washtub bass
SWEET MOMENTS WITH THE BLUE VELVET BAND (1969) on Warner Bros. / Seven Arts
BRAND NEW TENNESSEE WALTZ (reissued with READY FOR THE TIMES TO GET BETTER on Italian label Appaloosa, though now out of print again)
WOODSTOCK MOUNTAINS REVUE (series of 4 albums on Rounder compiled on CD in 1992)
MY OWN IGNORANT WAY (2003) w/ The Irregulars
FAREWELL TO THE TRACKS (2007) w/ The Irregulars