Jim Clark

Jim Clark


Jim Clark conjures a world nearly lost with poetry and stories rooted in the Appalachian foothills of his birth and complementary old-time mountain music.


Born in Byrdstown, TN, midway between Music City and the Smoky Mountains, Jim Clark grew up on a farm on the Cumberland Plateau surrounded by music - from the unadorned a capella harmonies of the Church of Christ, to the old-time country of his father's guitar and mandolin playing. He has published two books of poems, Handiwork and Dancing on Canaan's Ruins, and is currently Writer in Residence at Barton College, in Wilson, NC.


Buried Land (CD)

Set List

I do a mix of original spoken word pieces (poems and stories) and complementary traditional mountain tunes such as "Dark Hollow," "Shady Grove," "Barbara Allen," "Peggy-O," "Rank Strangers," "Long Black Veil." etc. My set can easily be varied in terms of length, and to emphasize or de-emphasize either the music or spoken word component. I occasionally do an original folk song or two.