Jim Carpenter & The Hoolios

Jim Carpenter & The Hoolios

 Niantic, Connecticut, USA

Jim Carpenter is an interesting singer-songwriter melding pop, folk, country, latin and cajun rhythms with a literary sense of lyric. Humor, stirring melody, driving acoustic guitar, raw, vulnerable vocal.

The Hoolios are a powerful, groove and roots oriented six-piece band popular throughout New England. Intriguing concert performances and much sought after for dance parties with their diverse repertoire of latin, zydeco, country and pop.


Jim Carpenter is a singer-songwriter born on Chincoteague Island VA and raised in Cape May, Key West and Miami.  That southern childhood and diverse musical climate still inhabits his vast repertoire of melody, lyric and fiction.

As a performing songwriter, Jim Carpenters narrative lyrics, driving acoustic guitar and intimate vocal delivery have garnered songwriting awards and placed him on stages with performers such as Greg Brown, The Resentments, Robert Earl Keen, Jeffrey Foucalt, Lucy Kuplansky, Dave Mallet, Garnet Rogers, Bill Morrissey, Catie Curtis and Richard Shindell.

The Hoolios are steeped in the rhythms of the Gulf of Mexico: Americana, Latin, Reggae, Texas Folk and Zydeco.  Veteran singer / keyboardist Mike Derry shares the vocals with a scathing R&B style that leaves the audience spellbound. 

Jim Carpenter & The Hoolios have been gracing some of New Englands most popular stages for five years, including: The Mohegan Sun Wolf Den, Block Island Music Fest, New London SailFest, Jonathon Edwards Winery Fest, Caf Nine, Black-Eyed Sallys, Javelina Festival, Cuban Revolution, Hygienic Art Park and the Knickerbocker Cafe.

Poor Girl's Dream will be released July 1, 2016.  Jim's most introspective cd to date. Recorded in Nashville and at Loco Dare Studio in Connecticut, Jim enlists the talents of the MacLean Sisters for harmony and Nashville veterans Robbie Turner (steel guitar, dobro) and Andy Leftwich (fiddle).

The Dream released in 2013 spans the dark explorations of infidelity in But For The Loneliness with driving, jangly electric guitars and organ and the hypnotic pop humor of Hole In My Heart, complete with accordion, mandolin, horns and playful harmonies. 

Carpenter is an accomplished guitarist and his stories weave around familiar territory of opportunities on the human highway.

- Andy Riggs, AmericanaUK

Jim Carpenter is one of the areas finest tunesmiths.  As a solo artist and the leader of the roots band The Hoolios, Carpenters songs reflect his Southern upbringing, the Southern literary tradition, and a decided sense of melodic narrative style that recalls Townes Van Zandt, Robert Earl Keen, Steve Forbert, and Marc Cohn.

- Rick Koster, The Day


The Hoolios -The Hoolios - Single Release 2017
Jim Carpenter & The Hoolios - The Dream  2016
Jim Carpenter & The Hoolios - Poor Girls Dream  2016
Jim Carpenter & The Hoolios - Rosalie 2015
Jim Carpenter & The Hoolios - Silver Triangle 2014
Jim Carpenter & The Hoolios - Shame 2013
Jim Carpenter & The Hoolios - Bahia Honda 2012