jimmy bivens

jimmy bivens

 Meridian, Idaho, USA

He is the "barefoot" Mick Jagger in a Cowboy Hat. They call him the BAREFOOT COWBOY! It's Country/Americana Rock-A-Billy Blues. Pedal-to-the-Metal energy and fun. His last CD and DVD were recorded "Live" and are available. Jimmy averages @ 200 Show a Year. He also enjoys Festivals/Clubs/Casino's.


Jimmy Bivens

The first time Jimmy Bivens played on a stage he had a three-member audience that couldn’t even see him. “My friends and I went to visit my dad at a club. He told me I could get up on stage and play a song if I wanted,” recalls Bivens. It was daytime and the stage was closed off behind a heavy, velvet curtain. “I climbed up there and kicked out a
version of an old Conway Twitty song with my buddies. I didn’t think that anyone could hear us, but when we got done I heard a little bit of applause. I peeked out from behind the curtain and saw my dad, the clubowner, and Tammy Wynette.”

It wasn’t strange for Jimmy’s dad ,Wayland Bivens, to be hanging out with someone like Tammy Wynette. Wayland was a country swing hall of fame musician who had big connections in the music industry. “A friend said to me once, ‘can you imagine what your life would be like if you would have grown up around your dad?’,” Bivens recalls with a smile. Instead of growing up with his dad however, Jimmy was raised by his mother and stepfather. That is until he was 15. “I was born in Lewiston on October 24, 1959,” says Bivens. “Since then I have lived in 7 states and somewhere around 75 residences.” But it wasn’t the moving around that bothered Jimmy, it was the way his family treated him. “Things weren’t so good at home. I realized that I was better off on my own than staying with my mom,” says Bivens. So at age 15, when most kids were just starting to think about getting their drivers license, Jimmy left home, albeit with the complete blessing of the court system. After striking out on his own, Jimmy first picked up a guitar. “You know, my family used to tell me I was tone deaf?” says Bivens. “I may have not
even tried playing music had I stayed where I was.”After living on his own for a bit, Jimmy decided it was time to get out of Nampa. He decided to head south to Long Beach, California to catch up with his dad. Jimmy bounced around Long Beach for a few months and then followed his dad up to Sacramento. It was in Sacramento that Jimmy graduated from high school—he decided to go sans college. “I had already been out and lived on my own—I felt like I had already done the college thing,” laughs Bivens. Instead he took a job cutting parts at a Harley Davidson shop and formed a band. “We really just played around doing covers and stuff,” says Jimmy. After playing a few bands, Jimmy got a little put off by the “egos” he played with. He decided to put his guitar away and quit playing. He wouldn’t pick it up again till nearly eight years later when he was 26.

Over the next few years Biven’s floated around working different jobs. Eventually he took a job with the American Cancer Society—eventually becoming an executive director. He was offered other promotions in his tenure, but Biven’s says they were “non-fuzzy” jobs and Jimmy wanted to keep working with cancer patients. And it was this working with cancer victims that prompted Bivens to pick his guitar up again. When a camp for children with cancer needed some entertainment, Jimmy “ threw together a show with one of the camp counselors.” The impromptu show was a blast. Soon Jimmy found himself playing gigs all over the place for the American Cancer Society. “I think I hold the distinction of having played the more benefits and auctions than any other musician,” says Bivens with a laugh. Eventually Jimmy left the American Cancer Society. But a few years later cancer would re-enter his life and prompt him to take his music further.

Ten years ago, Jimmy Bivens visited his good friend in the hospital. His friend’s body was ravaged with cancer, and the hospital visit would be the last time Jimmy would see him. Seeing his friend in such a devastated state had a profound effect on Bivens—but he didn’t feel any of that effect until later. When he went to the hospital all he could think about were the river sandals next to the hospital bed. “I looked down at his Tevas and thought, ‘I wonder what size those sandals are?’” Jimmy says with a distant look in his eyes. “It was my way of escaping the moment.” Days later Jimmy’s friend died. Bivens escaped to the desert. “I just drove around for three days in the desert,” says Bivens.

”When I would think of a song I’d sit on the back of my truck and work it out.” After spending some time reflecting and writing—Jimmy had worked out nearly a whole album’s worth of material—the song about his friend’s sandals became a tune called “Dead Man’s Shoes”. At the time, Biven’s didn’t know if the songs he wrote on that sojurn would ever see the light of day. He just kept doing what he was doing: playing gigs around Idaho. Then, in 2002, Jimmy found himself in Las Vegas at a Clay Walker show and it was backstage where Bivens ran into Walker’s bandmates Rex Wiseman and Curt Walsh. After a brief conversation, Jimmy let Wiseman and Walsh hear some of the stuff he had been writing. After listening, Wiseman said to Bivens, “You gotta be one of


Jesus and Johnny Cash

Written By: jimmy bivens

Written and copywrite by jimmy bivens 6/23/06

Jesus and Johnny Cash

V- Well I was a stoned on a Sunday morning- lookin like I'd lost my way,
A young fellow handed me a prayer- and said- brother have you been saved?
Well- I can see where this is headin- but I'm afraid I'll have to pass - cuz while you've Jesus- I?ve got Johnny Cash.

V- Jesus had the Father- Johnny's daddy lived in his brain- he said- you'll never make it anywhere boy, so he jumped up on that train.

He started singin songs about prison time- that he never did do- yet he strolled right into Folsom, absolvin those bad boys blues.

V- (Now given my state of mind- that boy looked me in the eye and said) And he said- Think of chicken little- you know your sky is gonna fall- Johnny was a picker and a player- he ain't gonna get you to the ball,

He didn't make a wine out of water- but he shore did drink his fill- beatin all his demons,
poppin pill by pill.

V- ( you know I wasn't thru)- With no blessin or no miracles- Johnny's pain was our gain, but lifes temptations- too many to abstain,
and he grew up w/ the gospel- sittin in that front row pew- Momma sang tenor,
Daddy sang Bass and Johnny did too.

BR- And his love for his brothers- Willy Waylon and them all,
He's a singing for the sufferin, everytime he made a curtain call-
Hello, I?m Johnny Cash.

V- Well that?' my testimony- that's my testament, he sacrificed for others- he to was heaven sent,
But his cross too great to bear- You see a Summer without June, just didn't work,
Near the end he sang a song about- just how much that hurt.

Well, there was a different look about that boy and I believe he'd seen the light
He said he felt born again- and he's a ready to walk the line,
He said thru the pearly gates, I know that I truly shall pass- cuz I've always had Jesus and now I've got Johnny Cash,
I said I've always had Jesus- and now I've got Johnny Cash.

Tell The Story

Written By: jimmy bivens

Tell The Story

Must you walk down the proverbial ol’ dirt road
heed the lessons that you’re given
so that your story van be told

so tell the story bout what can’t be found
tell the story bout what can’t be found

can you tell which way the train went just by lookin down at it’s tracks
hindsight is 20 20 people why we always lookin back

so tell the people bout what can’t be found
tell the story bout what can’t be found

you know you’re given a direction you know at such an early age
only so you can tell everybody hey look at me i found my way

noone cares bout what happened to you yesterday but it’s your forgotten truths you know lord that will make you walk your way

so tell the sory, bout what can't be found, tell the people, bout what can't be found

lord save the children from what can’t be found

You know you’re maskin all your misery- it will only cause you strain,
Happiness is only - a brief remission from Pain

And must you walk down- the proverbial ol’ dirt Road.


2009 - Jimmy Bivens "Live"
CD Recorded Live at The Knitting Factory

2009 - Jimmy Bivens "Live" DVD recorded "Live" at The Knitting Factory

Debut CD- "Tell The Story" - features 10 songs, each different from the next.

All 10 songs have enjoyed radio play, from the USA to Belgium, France, England, and Mexico .

Set List

A mix of songs that Jimmy has written for his two albums and of covers that he has rearranged to fit his style and energy