Award-winning songwriter Jim Brentar, has now been a winner three years in a row in the New Songs Showcase at the Walnut Valley Festival (See www.wvfest.com for details). In 2010 he won in the Childrens Songs category with "Sing A Silly Song." In 2011 he won in the Humorous Songs category with "Dulcimer Pie." And in 2012 he won in again in the Humorous Songs category with "32 Planets."
His music is a potent mix of folk, Americana, rock, country, bluegrass, blues, gospel, and pop.
Jim explains: I was born and raised on rock and roll, but was exposed to all kinds of music from polkas and tamburitza music to R&B, country, and Irish folk music.
I have a deep knowledge of music, and I know that music is about connecting with someone, touching their lives, whether changing the way they look at the world, or simply adding a little bit of happiness for a brief moment. You can see this best when playing on a street corner or at a farmer's market or street fair, when somebody walking by hears the music for a few seconds and smiles or starts dancing or bobbing their head to the music. I live for that! There are few things in this world more fun than making music for people.
Being from Cleveland, Ohio, my original life's ambition was to become a rock and roll star. That didn't work out. I've worked as a checkout clerk, security guard, telephone interviewer, research assistant, teaching assistant, visiting assistant professor, package handler for a parcel delivery service, and office clerk in a plastic factory. Along the way, I discovered that I really wanted and needed to be doing music.
In 2002, while recovering from my misguided adventures in academia, I started going to bluegrass/old time jam sessions--where I met my wife and began playing in a folk duo with her. I also started writing songs, put together a rock oldies band, and joined a country band for a while. I'm now looking for more ways to share my music with others.
My songs range from the deeply spiritual to the very silly. I write about love, social commentary, everyday life, love, God, spirituality, various quirky things, and love. I also do covers from traditional folk to classic rock to classic country to modern singer songwriter.
Jim has played a variety of venues from Ohio to Kansas to Tennessee: Bars, restaurants, wineries, coffee houses, festivals, farmers markets, fairs, and historical societies. His latest CD, "Mr. Froggy & Mr. Bear" is a collection of childrens songs.
Jim Brentar: guitar, vocals, and sometimes mandolin, mountain dulcimer, harmonica, bass, keyboards.
CD 2010 "Songs In My Head"
CD 2012 "Mr. Froggy & Mr. Bear"
I'm not gonna list every song I know how to play. It was in the hundreds last time I checked.
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