Jim Perkins

Jim Perkins

 Johnson City, Tennessee, USA
SoloAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

Lyrically strong and self-reflective, his luminescent acoustic pieces are simplistic, yet memorable. Playlist features songs that marry his soulful melodies and intuitive lyrics, which are easily relatable and capture the essence of the heart's condition. A blend of folk, acoustic, blues and jazz.

Biography

Jim Perkins began playing guitar and writing songs in college and that's when the music bug bit him. He was consumed by an overwhelming yearning to perform, no matter how large or small the crowd, from friends to complete strangers.

Jim started booking shows in 2001 at coffee shops in his hometown and in the southeast. He released his debut album, "Maker of Dreams", in 2002 before traveling the U.S. and Canada. Jim gained a loyal audience in Augusta and played over 220 shows in 2006 alone. His audience has grown all over the southeast and continues to climb with every new venue he plays.

He's shared the stage with Edwin McCainChris Barron (of the Spin Doctors), Sam Thacker, Jennifer Daniels, Angie Aparo, Ken Block & Drew Copeland of Sister Hazel, Nashville Star winner and country music star Chris Young, Doug Jones of Cravin' Melon, and John Corabi (Formerly of Motley Crue"Self Titled Motley Crue",RATTUnionThe ScreamESP Eric Singer Project) and Grammy winning guitarist Zach Myers of SHINEDOWN to name a few.

His singing and songwriting is some of the best in acoustic music today. He easily and gracefully moves from Alternate Country to Americana to Singer Songwriter to Blues without missing a beat. His lyrics are heartfelt, moving and honest; authentic tales of everyday life that can’t be expressed in any other way. Many have compared his songs and show style to popular artists such as Ed Sheeran, Ray LaMontagne, Edwin McCain, Ryan Adams, John Mayer, Marc Broussard, Emerson Hart (of Tonic), and Dave Matthews.

Jim has released three other full band albums. The most recent project was released in July 2015, “Long Way Home”, recorded at the prestigious Studio 1093 in Athens, GA. “Broken Record Reasons” and a live solo acoustic album (recorded in Augusta, GA while opening up for Spin Doctors' Chris Barron) entitled "Jim Perkins Live" were released in 2011. Jim also released a single that has gained a HUGE following at all of his shows, entitled "Somebody Like You". All albums and the single are available absolutely everywhere online: iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, Rhapsody and more! 


Jim's performances are positive and fun. With great stage manner and intimate interactions with the audience, Jim knows what to say, catering to his broad range of listeners. He's quick on the draw and has witty humor. Jim’s ability to leave his captive audiences wanting more is second to none.

Jim currently resides in Johnson City, TN.

Past and Current Clients:
Cymplify (Ken Block's, lead singer of Sister Hazel, concert venue in Gainesville, FL)
Chateau Elan Winery and Resort (Braselton, GA)
The Melting Point (Athens, GA)
The Augusta Country Club (Augusta, GA)
Champions Retreat Golf Club (Evans, GA)
Medical College of Georgia - GRU
Augusta State University (Augusta, GA)
University of Georgia (Athens, GA)
University of South Carolina (Aiken, SC)
Sheridan College (Oakville, ON, Canada)
SafeHomes (nonprofit charity)
Savannah Rapids Pavilion (Evans, GA)
Soundcheck (Nashville, TN)
Douglas Corner Live (Nashville, TN)
Blue Bird Cafe (Nashville, TN)
Wild Wing Cafes (all over Southeastern US)
World of Beers (all over FL)
Carolina Ale Houses (Southeastern US)
The Pinnacle Club (Augusta, GA)
Sky City (Augusta, GA)
Terrapin Beer Company (Athens, GA)
The 12 Bands of Christmas (nonprofit charity)
Imperial Theatre (Augusta, GA)
Chevrolet (General Motors)
Southern Living Magazine event
Stadion Classics Pairings Party (PGA event)
The Asheville Sanctuary (Marshall, NC)
Eddie's Attic (Decatur, GA)
The Waterfront Cafe (Chicago, IL)
Elbo Room (Chicago, IL)
Partridge Inn (Augusta, GA)
Chota Falls Wedding Resort (Clayton, GA)
Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation (Greensboro, GA)
Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes (Orlando, FL)
Turner Field (Atlanta, GA)
Global Winter Wonderland (Atlanta, GA)

Lyrics

Barricade

Written By: Jim Perkins

Barricade

Take my sin and shame
all my barricades fall down...now...

Take me and all I am
what I want to be, what I need
slow me down, make me complete

So many times I've tried to fix, oh
what I can't see, what I can't feel
But You wait...patiently

I know better than I thought I did
But You show, show me what I forget
And I, I don't wanna live, don't wanna live like that no more

Take my sin and shame
all my barricades fall down...now...

Take my heartache and all my pain
all this that I so quickly blame
All and everything I've known

(bridge)
You break me
You take me
You help me
find myself...once again...in You, my friend
You take me from what I think I need
and bring me back to who I should be....ohhh......ohh....

Take my sin and shame
all my barricades fall down...now...

Before The Rescue

Written By: Jim Perkins

Before The Rescue

(verse)
We were young just back then
Never had to say when
Just doing what we please...

I was your boy til summer
You were the girl who kept me undercover
As the people passed on the street...

(chorus)
Who's gonna rescue me...
Who's gonna set you free...

(verse)
History repeats itself so well, so why do we condemn ourselves to hell...over and over again...
How do you know what's best for me, You took all but what's left of me…nothing but pain and sympathy

(chorus)
Who's gonna rescue me...
Who's gonna set you free...ooohhhhh
I don't even know your name, but you calm me down...
I have never seen your shame, but it lives within your doubts...
I don't even know the way, but you show me…console me...before the rescue...

(verse)
Oh no, the times have changed, as we're standing face to face
And I thought I knew, but I know nothing at all
You smile and wait just for a while, I pull you in just for your smile
And I love you, but you never knew, no you never knew, yeah....

(chorus)
Who's gonna rescue me...from this mediocrity...
Who's gonna tell you that I'm all that there's nothing wrong, just hold on?
Who's gonna put up with my lip? And say there's nothing wrong with it?
Who's gonna love you….

Before the Rescue….yeah….oh no...
Before the rescue…oh oh….yeah….

Something's Gotta Give

Written By: Jim Perkins

Something's Gotta Give

Yesterday was the day
that you took my love away
You know it's been so long since my breath
has been taken from me

Yesterday was the day
you took my soul away
I did not even know it was mine to give to you
til you walked out that door, baby...

(chorus)
And I said to you
Something's gotta give, cause something's gonna break,
I don't know how much more of you I can take
You say that you love me, You don't even know me, oh
Is this just reflections of what I want to see
What I want you to believe, yeah

Yesterday was the day
you took my heart away
I never knew my bed could be so cold
til you walked out that door, yeah...

(bridge)
And I keep coming back to
the night that I met you
I've tried to forget you
but my heart won't let this subside
I'm never the same
always to blame
the way you make me feel so crazy...crazy...crazy....ohhh no no no noo nooooo....

(chorus)
And I said to you
Something's gotta give, cause my heart's gonna break,
I don't know how much more of you I can take
You say that you love me, You don't even know me, oh
Is this just reflections of what I want to see, yeah

You say that you love me,...

Firecracker

Written By: Jim Perkins

Firecracker

(verse)
She's a firecracker
on the 3rd of July
She's a sweet voice cryin'
in the middle of my night

(chorus)
She's a heartbreaker
she don't even know why
she don't even know why

(verse)
You know I love to smoke when she's drinkin'
we're both so tired of thinkin' about this life...this life
She said i get so run down all the time
I just need a little help to cross the line...if you don't mind

(chorus)
She's a heartbreaker
oh she don't know why
She don't even know why

(verse)
Some nights she spends all alone
waiting by the telephone
waiting for someone to call
I hope that she knows
I'd give anything if I could be the one she wants

(chorus)
She's a heartbreaker
she don't know why
I'd take her anywhere tonight...
I love her...
She don't even know why
She don't even know why
She don't even know why
She don't even know why

Without You

Written By: Jim Perkins

Without You

(verse)
I fell down today
As I watched you board the plane, yeah
And I just died, when I looked in your eyes,
Cause I, had to watch you fly away…yeah

(chorus)
I don't wanna live without you
Feels like I'm going insane
It's a door I just can't pass through
It's a pain I just can't shake, just can't face

(verse)
Your plane touched down in San Diego
I thought about the times that we had shared
I act so fine, like you're the last thing on my mind
But I, I'm scared to death...all I know is...

(chorus)
I don't wanna live without you
Feels like I'm going insane
It's a door I just can't pass through
It's a pain I just can't shake

(bridge)
Everybody's waiting on something, to fall out of their sky
Seems I'm just waiting, anticipating for you
to come back to my life

(chorus)
Cause I don't have to live without you
Feels like I'm going insane
It's a door I just can't pass through
It's a pain I just can't shake
I don't wanna live without you
Feels like I'm going insane
It's a door I just can't pass through
It's a pain I just can't shake, just can't face

Jerk Song

Written By: Jim Perkins

Jerk Song

I don't care about your makeup
and how it streams right down your face
'cause you and I both know that baby
I won't go shopping with you today....

I don't care about your heartache
or the mistakes of your past
'cause you and I both know that baby
you know this lust won't last

(chorus)
Cause I'm a jerk
I don't care about anything or anyone
I'm a jerk
I won't even remember your name when the morning comes
cause I'm a jerk

I don't care about your ex-boyfriend
the one you kissed goodbye for me
and how he calls you every night
saying you can do better than me

I don't care about your earthquakes
or the way you feel at night
cause you and I both know that baby
you know I'm not your type

(chorus out)

Just Stay

Written By: Jim Perkins

Just Stay

(verse)
Well I crack the window so I can breathe
I look to you but you're fast asleep
and I don't wanna talk anyways...

Well we cross this bridge with blindfolds on
we've both been burned and been done wrong
If it don't kill us it makes us strong, or so they say

(chorus)
I don't wanna go home tonight
I just wanna stay by your side
I don't wanna go home alone tonight
So stay with me tonight…Stay with me tonight

(verse)
Well the downtown beats
the feet hit the streets
You never know the second-rate romance
til it hits you on the other side of your pants
I don't know what you want from me
But I'm sure you could get it for free
If you would just say to me please, please, please yeah

(chorus)
I don't wanna go go home tonight
I just wanna stay right by your side
I don't wanna go home alone tonight...
So stay with me tonight...
Won't you please
Won't you please just stay with me
We can be all that you could need
Won't you please
Please just stay with me
Stay with me...

I don't wanna go home tonight
I just wanna stay right by your side
I don't wanna go home alone tonight...
So stay with me tonight...
So stay with me tonight...
So stay with me tonight...
So stay with me tonight...

Gray

Written By: Jim Perkins

Gray

(verse)
Past the hallways and the broken doorways of your life, I surprise you
Like the thorn is hidden by the beauty of the rose,
Love surprised you, redefined you

(chorus)
And the space between is killing me
walls inside you now surround me
Is this security all it's made out...made out to be...

(verse)
Through the heartaches of your past,
and all the roads you wish you'd taken..
Oh your heart, it keeps breaking...

(chorus)
And I'm going out of my mind
I can't be with you all the time
Is this simplicity all it's made out, made out?

(bridge)
You're so beautiful, I long to touch
You're so innocent, I know too much
You're so beautiful..I long to touch
You're so innocent, I know...I know

(chorus)
And time keeps ticking, and my heart still goes on
I'm only lonely when you're gone...
I don't wanna be what they've made me out to be....to be....to be...

And I'm going out of my mind
I can't be with you all the time

Broken Record Reasons

Written By: Jim Perkins

Broken Record Reasons

Baby, Baby
shoulda told you I was leaving
instead of giving you
all my broken record reasons

Maybe, Maybe
shoulda told you what I was thinking
but this ship was sinking
And I don't wanna be what you make me out to be
I don't wanna be with you no more

(chorus)
I don't even know what you want
I don't even know what you want from me, yeah
I don't even know who I am anymore.

Lately, Lately
My friends keep talking about the way
I used to be before you met me
And I'm walking around the places that I've found
I'm friendly without you
I don't wanna be with you no more

(chorus)
I don't even know what you want
I don't even know what you want from me, yeah
I don't even care what you want no more...
What I know for sure....
All I know is love, love…Can't leave here anymore.

Somebody Like You

Written By: Jim Perkins

Somebody Like You

verse 1
So you're sitting there all by yourself
Saying there's no one else who feels the way that you do
You took a chance on this romance
It's the last dance in these shoes...

chorus
Maybe you need someone
Somebody like me, cause I need somebody like you...
Oh, maybe you need somebody like me cause I need somebody like you...

verse 2
Oh everything will be just fine
Just put your sweet hand in mine, see what we can do...
Cause you're sitting all alone
No place to call your home
But it's not through...Oh no..

chorus
Said maybe you need someone
Somebody like me, cause I need somebody like you...
Oh maybe you need someone
Somebody like me, cause I need somebody like you...Oh...

bridge
You're makeup's gone and you're hair is a mess,
But you look so good to me in that red dress...
Oh, no one wants to be alone at Christmas time...
So put your hand in mine,
I said put you hand in mine...

chorus
Maybe you need someone
Somebody like me, cause I need somebody like you...Oh...
Maybe you need someone
Somebody like me, cause I need somebody like you...Oh...

tag
Maybe I need...somebody like you...somebody like you...

Long Way Home

Written By: James Perkins

Long Way Home

Verse1
I set my roots down in Nashville, Tennessee…took everything I had and all that’s left to see…
Is me all by myself, all alone and on my knees…she held her hand down to me… I said she
held her hand down to me…she said

Chorus
It’s a long way home…but you won’t be alone…and it’s a long way home tonight…
But I guess I’ll be alright…

Verse2
So light that fire, and grab yourself a drink…kick your boots off and tell me what you think…
All this traveling has been burning up my dreams…but I won’t let it burn me down…

Chorus
It’s a long way home…but I won’t take it alone…and it’s a long way home tonight…
But I guess I’ll be alright…

Bridge
I’ve been finding myself…since I saw you…since I tasted your breath…
I’m falling into you…what is this coming to?

Chorus
Now I’ll take the long way home…but I won’t take it alone…I’m gonna take the long way home tonight…But I guess I’ll be alright…oh I know you’ll be there by my side…

Outro
I set my roots down in Nashville, Tennessee…I sing my heart out, and follow where it leads…sometimes I swear these hills are closing…in…on me…

Smile

Written By: James Perkins

Smile

Oooh yeah
When she smiles
My pain just goes away
And I know that she
will lead me to a better set of days...
And I love, I love her more than I could ever speak of…
She knows, she knows me better than I know myself…

(chorus)
How could I ever deny you?
Oh How could you ever lead me to anything but the truth? Yeah

When she comes my way
I try to think of all the clever things I want to say
but I...I can't breathe without the air that she's finished with
And I love, I love…her more than I could ever speak of…
She knows, she knows me better than I know myself…

(chorus)
How could I....ever deny you?
Oh How could you ever lead me to anything but the truth?
And how could you do what you do to me? To me?

Oh When she smiles
When she
When she smiles oh oh
When she

Find My Way

Written By: James Perkins

Find My Way

Verse1
I am tapping into mysteries…just trying not to repeat my histories…
Oh, but it hurts so much to grow…been building bridges to anywhere I’ve never gone…

Chorus
I used to love…I used to fight
For anything…I felt was right…
But now I’m lost…inside the gray…
Could you help me…find my way….find my way…

Verse2
I’ve been reading books…now they’re just blank pages…
Been taking everyone’s advice…but are they fools or sages?
Oh, they have never lived my life…they still live where their fathers were born and died…

Chorus
I used to love…I used to fight
For anything…I felt was right…
But now I’m lost…inside the gray…
Could you help me…find my way…

Bridge
How can you say that to me, like you’ve been there before?
Oh How can you not expect me to want for more…
There’s gotta be more than this…
There’s gotta be more than this…

Chorus
I used to love…I used to fight
For anything…I felt was right…
But now I’m lost…inside the gray…
Could you help me…find my way…oh…find my way…find my way…oh…
Find my way…

Tapestry

Written By: James Perkins

Tapestry

Verse 1
Well sometimes I think I’m crazy, I’m too far gone
I’m staring out the window, all day long
With nowhere to go, and nowhere to be but here

Chorus
But when she walks in, I hear violins
Singing tapestry of love
With her sugar grin, oh she draws me in
Into a tapestry of love

Verse 2
Sometimes it feels like freedom, sometimes it’s a prison cell
A little bit of heaven, with a bitter taste of hell
I just want to go and be anywhere but here

Chorus
But then she walks in, I hear violins
Singing tapestry of love
With her sugar grin, oh she draws me in
Into a tapestry of love

Verse 3
Sometimes she swears I’m crazy, but I’m too much in love
I’m staring in her eyes, I see heaven above
I don’t want to go, I just want to stay right here
Yeah, yeah…oh

Chorus
But when she walks in, I hear violins
Singing tapestry of love
With her sugar grin, oh she draws me in
Into a tapestry of love

Tag
I don’t want to go, I just want to stay right here
You don’t have to go, we could just stay right here
Don’t let me go, we could just lay right here
Don’t have to go, we could just stay right here

Let Me Be

Written By: James Perkins

Let Me Be

Baby, baby why do you treat me this way
words in your mouth
but ya ain't got nothing to say, yeah
Lately, lately you just coming my way
Baby, baby why don't you tell me what you want from me?

Just let me be...
Just set me free...

Friends keep talkin' about the way I need to get on and get out
get on with my life
but they don't know
anything about you
the way ya put it down
on me is so good

Hey, they should just let me be...
Just set me free…Oh oh
Let me be….set me free

the rain keeps pouring down
and your friends are nowhere to be found oh
You say you only love
what you can touch
what you can trust
I don't care about that
I don't need...I don't need...your sympathies oh

Just get on, get on, get on away from me…me….me….

Just let me be...
Just set me free...
Let love be…oh oh...
Just set me free...

Discography

Jim has released four full band albums. The most recent project was released in July 2015, “Long Way Home”, recorded at the prestigious Studio 1093 in Athens, GA. “Broken Record Reasons” and a live solo acoustic album (recorded in Augusta, GA while opening up for Spin Doctors' Chris Barron) entitled "Jim Perkins Live" were released in 2011. Jim also released a single that has gained a HUGE following at all of his shows, entitled "Somebody Like You". All albums and the single are available absolutely everywhere online: iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, Rhapsody and more!

Set List

My typical Set List (of Originals)
1. Charleston
2. Before The Rescue
3. All I Ever Wanted
4. Blues Song
5. Grey Matters
6. Faded
7. Not Tonight
8. Something's Gotta Give
9. Through It All
10. What Happens Now
11. Without You
12. Firecracker (She Don't Know Why)
13. Let Me Be

My set length all depends on the venue, how many people, how much time is allotted...on average a set is 45 minutes to 1 hr.

Jim Perkins Covers Set List:

--3 Doors Down
Here Without You Baby
--Allman Brothers
Melissa
--Avett Brothers
January Wedding - Laundry Room
--Bad English
When I See You Smile
--Barenaked Ladies
Brian Wilson - The Old Apartment - Break Your Heart - If I ---Had A Million Dollars – Call and Answer
--The Beatles
Hey Jude
--Ben Folds
Brick
--Better Than Ezra
This Time Of Year - Desperately Wanting - Good - A Lifetime
--Bill Withers
Ain't No Sunshine
--Black Crowes
She Talks To Angels