Jim Rooney has spent the past fifty years or so playing, writing, promoting, recording, and producing American folk music – both traditional and contemporary. He is, perhaps, best known these days as the record producer for Nanci Griffith, Iris Dement, John Prine, and many others – a body of work for which he was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award by the AMERICANA MUSIC ASSOCIATION in 2009.
He also has a Facebook page for current happenings. Feel free to “Like” it
These podcasts are installments broadcast by Royalton Community Radio in Vermont, a sort of companion soundtrack to Jim’s new memoir IN IT FOR THE LONG RUN, his third book about the history of this music.
Listen to Podcast #1 here
Program #1 Beginnings: The Lilly Brothers/ Hayloft Jamboree/Nelson Bragg/Hillbilly Music
Listen to Podcast #2 here
Program #2 Beginnings: Symphony Sid/ R & B/ Gospel Music/Jazz
Listen to Podcast #3 here
Program #3 Beginnings: The Book Clearing House/ Folk Music Records/Country/Blues/Appalachian Music
Listen to Podcast #4 here
Program #4 Branching Out: Modern Jazz at Amherst College; meeting Bill Keith and returning to music of the Lilly Brothers, getting into Bluegrass
Listen to Podcast #5 here
Program #5 Bluegrass with Bill Keith at Club 47, Cambridge