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 #21  here 

Program #21: Producing, playing, engineering w/ John Prine, Maura O’Connell, Peter Rowan, Richard Dobson, Nanci Griffith, Blaine Sprouse, Edgar Meyer.


Listen to Podcast #22  here 

Program #22: More producing, playing, engineering w/Alison Krauss, John Prine, Jerry Jeff Walker, Nanci Griffith, Bill Keith


Listen to Podcast #23  here 

Program #23: Start Forerunner Music Publishing Company w/ Pat Alger, Barry & Holly Tashian, David Mallett. Hit recordings by Kathy Mattea and Garth Brooks


Listen to Podcast #24  here 

Program #24: Still Producing/engineering: Townes Van Zandt, The Nashville Jug Band, David Olney, Robert Earl Keen, Iris DeMent, Hal Ketchum


Listen to Podcast #25 here 

Program #25: Forerunner has continued success with writers Pete Wasner, Charles John Quarto and Pat Alger (hits by Hal Ketchum, Vince Gill, Trisha Yearwood). New productions with Pat McLaughlin (“Party At Pat’s”), Peter Rowan (“Bluegrass Boy”), Nanci Griffith (Grammy winner “Other Voices, Other Rooms”)