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.
We will eventually have dedicated pages to each of these shows, but for the time being, the full hour broadcasts are being archived here, with brief descriptions:
Listen to Podcast #15 here
“New Folks” @ Newport. John Hartford, Kris Kristofferson, Jerry Jeff Walker, Steve Young, Fairport Convention, Blue Velvet Band, Everly Brothers & Ike Everly.
Listen to Podcast #16 here
Festival Time. Producing New Orleans Jazz festival gave a chance to soak up music of the French Quarter: Olympia Jazz Band, Armand Hug, Ellis Marsalis, Clarence “Frogman Henry, Fats Domino, Louis Armstrong. Tour managing Newport Jazz Festival w/ Cannonball Adderley, Herbie Mann, Gary Burton, Thelonious Monk, Dionne Warwick.
Listen to Podcast #17 here
Program #17: Move to Woodstock to manage Bearsville Sound Studio for Albert Grossman. Music of The Band; “Mud Acres” w/ Happy & Artie Traum, John Herald, Maria Muldaur, Eric Kaz, Bill Keith; Borderline w/Jon & David Gershen, Richard Manuel, Garth Hudson, Ben Keith, Vassar Clements, Kenny Kosek.
Listen to Podcast #18 here
Program #18: Moving into music; leaving Woodstock. Producing Eric Von Schmidt; time in Nashville hearing James Talley, Townes Van Zandt; back to Massachusetts playing with Bill Keith, Everett & Tennis Lilly; producing John Lincoln Wright.
Listen to Podcast #19 here
Program #19: Take demo of “Only The Best” to Nashville. Taken in by “Cowboy” Jack Clement (Johnny Cash, Charley Pride, Waylon Jennings); meet Allen Reynolds (Don Williams)
Listen to Podcast #20 here
Program #20: Return to Woodstock to record “Woodstock Mountains.” Meet Pat Alger; At Jack Clement’s in Nashville record “No Expectations” w/ Phillip Donnelly, Tony Newman, Rachel Peer Prine; start producing (Pat McLaughlin, Garrison Brothers); help John Prine start up “Oh Boy!” Records with “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” (single) and “Aimless Love” (album)