Jim Counter

Jim Counter

 Woodbridge, Virginia, USA
BandCountryAdult Contemporary

Jim has developed a unique style of chording on acoustic guitar and he can hold his own with many of today's singers. He is an ecclectic writer, drawing influence from artists including Eric Clapton, Vince Gill, Les Dudek, James Taylor, Carol King, Green Day and many others.

Biography

Jim Counter began performing in nightclubs at age 12 and since then he's opened major label concerts for artists including Martina McBride, Toby Keith, Blackhawk, John Hartford, Sawyer Brown, The Marshall Tucker Band, Lacy J. Dalton, Vern Gosdin, Dan Seals, Skip Ewing and Mark O’Connor. Counter has recorded four Independent CD's and will be releasing his fifth studio project sometime in late 2010 or early 2011. Jim's album highlights include recording two songs co-written by singer Garth Brooks. Gary Morris shared his vocal prowess on the tune “Where Love Is King”. He also had the pleasure of working with acclaimed singer Linda Davis, bassist Glenn Worf, drummer Lonnie Wilson, guitarist Bill Hullett, and steel guitarists David Spires and Bruce Bouton. In 1991, Counter and his band Riley Road competed against 110 bands from eleven regions and were voted “Wisconsin State Champions in Country Music”. Jim performed on the first annual ‘Freedom Sings’ concert in Nashville, sharing the stage with artists Radney Foster, Bill Lloyd, Kim Richey, Steve Earle, and John Kay of Steppenwolf. He appeared on two former TNN programs called The Charlie Daniels Country Roundup and Country Today. Counter sang the National Anthem to sellout crowds in Pro Football [Green Bay Packers/Chicago Bears], Pro Baseball [Chicago Cubs/Atlanta Braves], Collegiate Hockey [Northern Michigan University/Alaska], and the Nashville Sounds Triple A baseball team. Jim also had the fine pleasure of singing it with his brother Mike Counter for the 2001 Brett Favre Celebrity Softball Game in Appleton, WI. As a singer and composer, Jim has been successfully involved in jingles for both Radio and Television. Highlights: Counter composed and sang the theme song for an ESPN program hosted by former Green Bay Packers middle linebacker Brian Noble entitled "Hitting The Outdoors With Brian Noble". Along with his brother Mike and Iron Mountain Daily News Senior Editor Jim Anderson, Jim composed and sang a theme song for The Green Bay Packers football team entitled "The Leaders of the Pack are Back". In November of 2009, Counter's music was placed in Robin Robert's ABC special 'In The Spotlight'. Please see Jim's video of the song "Misfit", filmed by co-writer Mike Kearns, and to watch the video filmed by co-writer Don Fenceton of the song "My Special Christmas Star" please go to: www.myspace.com/myspecialchristmasstar.

Lyrics

MISFIT

Written By: Jim Counter / Mike Kearns

MISFIT

He wanders through the schoolyard with his shades on all the time
‘Cause he don’t want nobody looking him straight in the eye
He sits down in the classroom near the corner in the back
And he knows they won’t start laughing if he doesn’t raise his hand

He’s there alone among the crowd
Wishing he could cry out loud
The kind of pain that just won’t let him speak
He tries to never let them know
His anger at the status quo
And wonders why they call him ‘little freak’
He’s a misfit
If you don’t get it, someone will

The teacher reads his story and shivers in her chair
She sends him to the clinic but he walks right out of there
No shadows on his record when the gun shop checks his name
No reason not to star him in his own video game

He’s there alone among the crowd
No one hears him cry out loud
Feeling like a hated refugee
He tries to never let them know
His anger at the status quo
Boiling past the point of sanity
He’s a misfit
If you don’t get it, someone will

Jim Counter / Mike Kearns
© 2007

TELL ME

Written By: Jim Counter / Debi Champion

TELL ME

We pass in the hall
Barely whisper a word
I feel the cold air you’re feeling
But we carry on, acting like everything’s all right
How long are we gonna hide what we’re thinking

CHORUS
So, tell me are we wasting time with our life
Pretending like we’re still in love
Maybe we both need to just say goodbye
Why don’t you tell me

Now everyone says
When we walk into a room
That we look like a match made in heaven
But the hell underneath this lover’s masquerade
Is it worth holding on when inside our heart’s breaking?

REPEAT CHORUS

If you say there’s a chance, well that’s enough
Is leaving the only thing left between us

Maybe we both need to just say goodbye
Why don’t you tell me
Go on, just tell me

Debi Champion / Jim Counter

Whirlwind

Written By: Jim Counter

WHIRLWIND
By Jim Counter

I'm lying here watching the clouds roll by as the leaves come floating down
I feel the rumble of an 18 wheeler heading south from my hometown
Everything's busy moving back and forth, circling all around
But I'm quite happy right where I am with my feet flat on the ground

‘Cause when you’re caught up in a whirlwind
It gets your head to spinnin’
There’s lots of folks living like it’s two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning
It’s a nonstop world of deadlines, but much to their chagrin
I'm taking a long lazy break just hangin’ outside the whirlwind

Now, sometimes you need to take a deep breath of clear cool mountain air
Take a little break from the day to day running and sit in your favorite chair
There’s always a million things to get done with hardly a minute to spare
But I hope you find time to ease your mind and be free without a care

When you’re caught up in a whirlwind
It gets your head to spinnin’
There’s lots of folks living like it’s two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning
It’s a nonstop world of deadlines, but much to their chagrin
I'm taking a long lazy break just hangin’ outside the whirlwind

When it seems like I’m riding on a runaway train with nobody behind the wheel
I go out onto that peaceful water with my trusty rod and reel

When you’re caught up in a whirlwind
It gets your head to spinnin’
There’s lots of folks living like it’s two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning
It’s a nonstop world of deadlines, but much to their chagrin
I'm taking a long lazy break just hangin’ outside the whirlwind

Yeah, that’s me and my dog sittin’ by the lake
We’re hangin’ outside the whirlwind

Mrs. Christmas

Written By: Donald Fenceton / James Counter

MRS. CHRISTMAS

by Don Fenceton & Jim Counter

Your bag of toys is waiting at the door
It’s Christmas Eve, the night we’ve all been waiting for
I won’t sleep a wink the whole night through
Mr. Christmas, Mrs. Christmas misses you

Fly away
The whole world’s waiting
To hear your sleigh bells in the night
Children everywhere anticipating
Your magic in the early morning light
Remember as you sail the midnight blue
Mr. Christmas, Mrs. Christmas misses you

It’s cold out there so bundle up your head
The elves are sleeping and the reindeer have been fed
You better go, you’ve got a long night’s work to do
Mr. Christmas, Mrs. Christmas misses you

Repeat Chorus

Finish Forever

Written By: Jim Counter / David Lee

FINISH FOREVER
David Lee & Jim Counter

Out in the back yard sits a rusty old car
I’ve been meaning to fix up but I never got too far
And there’s a guitar in the closet
Barely been out of the case
I said when I bought it I was gonna learn to play
Now there’s a million little things I may never get done
But the promise I made you will never be one

‘Cause I’m gonna finish forever
If it takes forever
Keeping my heart on the job at hand
Gonna love every day like there’s no tomorrow
If it’s the only thing I’ll ever do
I’m gonna finish forever with you

Now our little home might turn out to be
The only house on the hill that we’ll ever see
And I may never have my name up in lights
But all I really need is to shine in your eyes
Even if all our dreams fall by the way
I’ll still be standing by the vows that we made

CHORUS

Rolling up your sleeves and seeing it through
Is so easy when you love what you do

CHORUS

You Shine

Written By: Jim Counter / Dan Brayall

YOU SHINE
Dan Brayall & Jim Counter

There are clouds in the sky
But you’re here by my side
Don’t need the stars out tonight
‘Cause baby you shine

Now I’ve got candles and wine
Whenever your hand’s in mine
No place for lonely to hide
‘Cause baby, you shine

It’s raining just a little
And we’re laughing like two little kids
But to me it’s such a riddle
How one stolen kiss
Could do what it did to me

Solo

The way your touch makes me feel
The way your smile is so real
You melted my heart of steel
‘Cause baby, you shine

It’s raining just a little
And we’re laughing like two little kids
But to me it’s such a riddle
How one stolen kiss
Could do what it did to me

© Feb 2008

Discography

Disc 1: City Mind, County Heart. Two songs, entitled Every Day It's Getting Better to Keep Your Memory Alive, and Walk Outside The Lines were co-written by the great Garth Brooks.

Disc 2: Self-titled. Country/Pop singer Gary Morris appears on the song Where Love Is King.

Disc 3: Nashville Sessions. A mixture of originals and tunes by some fine Nashville tunesmiths.

Disc4: Homecoming. A 20 song CD of which 19 were written or co-written by Counter.

10 streaming Singles on Jim's MySpace website.

Set List

Jim Counter
Song Repertoire

3 Doors Down I’m Not There
10cc I’m Not In Love
10cc The things We Do for love
Aerosmith I Don’t Wanna Close My Eyes
Alan Jackson Dallas
Alan Jackson Don’tRock The Jukebox
April Wine Just Between You And Me
Beatles Back In The USSR
Beatles Blackbird
Beatles Julia
Beatles Yesterday
Bette Midler The Rose
Bette Midler Wind Beneath My Wings
Billy Currington People Are Crazy
Bill Withers Ain’t No Sunshine
Black Eyed Peas I Got A Feeling
Bon Jovi Blaze Of Glory
Bread If
Bread Make It With You
Brooks & Dunn Boot Scootin Boogie
Bruce Springstein My Hometown
Bryan Adams Everything I Do
Buddy Guy Mustang Sally
Cat Stevens Morning Has Broken
Charlie Pride Kiss An Angel Good Morning
Charlie Rich The Most Beautiful Girl
Christopher Cross Sailing
Chuck Berry Johnny B. Goode
Clint Black Better Man
Cold Play Viva La Vida
Creedence Clearwater Revival Lookin Out My B