Jim Wilson

Jim Wilson


Jim Wilson's "This Old House" nominated for 2 Grammys: Best Male Country Vocal Performance & Best Country Song! Trying to pigeonhole Jim’s writing into a particular style is a lost cause, but its roots are country with a dash of Americana and rock.


Listen to the music of Jim Wilson. Well, you don’t have to. But if you want to be moved, if you want to laugh, want to cry, or want to reflect, then listen. If you want to hear sentiment and melody poetically stitched into a seamless quilt, blocks of life, then listen. If you want these stories delivered by one of the most engaging voices in years, then listen.

Jim Wilson spent his childhood in Northeast Arkansas. He picked up his first guitar at age 10, inspired by his surroundings; by the soulful music of Motown and Stax, by the pure, lonesome hillbilly sounds of artists like Merle Haggard and George Jones, and by the harmony-rich music of Emmylou Harris and bluegrass. In short order, Jim was writing his own songs. In later years, his ears gravitated to artists like Sarah McLauglin and Ani Di Franco, and to writers like Steve Earle, Jackson Browne, Bruce Springsteen, and John Prine. “It really boils down to one thing,” says Wilson. “All of the aforementioned people do something that moves me, moves me to dance, moves me to tears; it hits me where I live in one way or another. And that is exactly what I am attempting to do each and every time I play to an audience…to use my music to make some kind of lasting connection.”

Wilson’s musical journey took him from Arkansas to Austin to Memphis, where he currently resides. Working as a front man, writing songs, and contributing his talents to other musicians, Jim has developed into a consummate artist, immediately engaging and memorable. His appeal has secured a dedicated and loyal fan base.

Jim co-produced his debut CD, "Simple Things," with Jack Holder (Jonny Lang, Travis Tritt, Tracy Chapman). This first introduction to his music gave fans a collection of outstanding songs from the poignant “Jessie,” and “Lost Without Your Love,” to the future classic “Knowing and Learning,” to the honky tonk-inspired “Stop, Drop and Roll.” “Simple Things” features some of Nashville’s finest studio luminaries such as Greg Morrow on drums and percussion (Gretchen Wilson, Montgomery Gentry, Dixie Chicks), the legendary Robbie Turner (Dixie Chicks, The Mavericks, Waylon Jennings), and Eddie Long (Hank Williams Jr., Kenny Chesney) on pedal steel guitar, David Smith on bass (Leo Kottke, Willie Nelson), and Tommy Burroughs (John Prine) on fiddle and mandolin.

Wilson's latest release, "This Old House," has many talented artists living in it, including Andy Childs, Harry Peel, Tom Lonardo, David Smith, Sam Shoup, Lynn Jones, Tommy Burroughs, and Steven Wenger, who co-produced the album alongside Wilson. “Wenger claims he was just an interpreter. Yeah, make that a hillbilly interpreter!” quips Wilson, poking fun at his own roots. But those hillbilly Delta roots gave rise to a stunning collection of songs. Songs such as “Southern Town,” and “This Old House,” portray vignettes of small town life, while the emotive “I Could Use A Little Help” engages the listener in the story of a man in his moment of reckoning. “Old Hands” is one of the album’s more touching moments, painting the portrait of a much-loved grandfather and his revered wisdom. In one of the album’s many charming moments, Jim sings, “it’s like I’m waking up in “Somebody Else’s Dream.” This is a CD that is destined to launch Wilson out of regional obscurity, receiving two Grammy nominations, including Best Male Country Vocal Performance & Best Country Song.

One of the best kept secrets in the Memphis music scene, Jim Wilson is a treasure worth discovering.

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*2005 - This Old House (Ringo Records/Wormy Peach Music)

*2001 - Simple Things