Jimmy has been a full time musician/entertainer since 1973, and a long time resident of Nashville. In his career, with his established trademark as a multi-instrumentalist, including fiddle, banjo, pedal steel, mandolin and guitar, he has had many opportunities to tour with different musical greats including Little Jimmy Dickens, Ernest Tubb, and Steve Wariner. To add to this list of accomplishments, live shows include Vince Gill, Aaron Tippin, Tim McGraw and Trisha Yearwood to name a few. He also has appeared in several major motion films including “Sweet Dreams, The Patsy Cline Story”, starring Jessica Lange and Ed Harris and the “Blues Brothers Review” with Dan Akroyd, and was offered a part in the film “Blues Brothers 2000”. TV show appearances include “Backstage At The Grande Ole Opry”, TNN’s “Crook & Chase”, and “Sally Jesse Raphael” and appeared for two years live on the Grand Ole Opry and “WSM Radio Show”. Ask any steel guitar fan on the East coast of the US and they will have heard of Jimmy. He has a long history of passing along his many musical talents to young musicians who are willing to learn from his experience. Some of Jimmy’s musical influences have been the world’s foremost steel guitarist, Buddy Emmons, and guitar greats, Danny Gatton, Albert Lee, Eddie Van Halen and Steve Wariner. He has also had the honor of playing with Emmons and Gatton on several occasions. Jimmy’s music has allowed him to travel extensively all over the US and recently with Carnival Cruise Lines all over the world. Jimmy has dedicated his life to being a real full-time musician and has become extremely successful doing so.
Rock-n-Roll in the 80's.(Note the big hair)[img src=http://www.blackjackband.com/wp-content/flagallery/jimmy-bio/thumbs/thumbs_captured11.jpg]1150
Playing at the Johns Hopkins "Steelin' for Hearts" charity jam[img src=http://www.blackjackband.com/wp-content/flagallery/jimmy-bio/thumbs/thumbs_captured12.jpg]1130
Jimmy playing for a crowd of 20,000 at the Bull Run in Virginia[img src=http://www.blackjackband.com/wp-content/flagallery/jimmy-bio/thumbs/thumbs_captured15.jpg]980
Two guitar greats, Albert Lee and Jimmy Hodge[img src=http://www.blackjackband.com/wp-content/flagallery/jimmy-bio/thumbs/thumbs_captured17.jpg]1050
Jimmy and Melanie jamming with the Mavericks[img src=http://www.blackjackband.com/wp-content/flagallery/jimmy-bio/thumbs/thumbs_captured26.jpg]1050
Jimmy says he won! Aaron Tippin says he won![img src=http://www.blackjackband.com/wp-content/flagallery/jimmy-bio/thumbs/thumbs_captured28.jpg]1140
Mel, Steve Wariner and Jimmy between tunes, backstage at the Grand Ole Opry[img src=http://www.blackjackband.com/wp-content/flagallery/jimmy-bio/thumbs/thumbs_mailedd0.jpg]1120
Jimmy and Dan Akroyd jamming at "Blues Brothers Review"[img src=http://www.blackjackband.com/wp-content/flagallery/jimmy-bio/thumbs/thumbs_mailedd1.jpg]1090
Jimmy entertaining the worlds best steel guitar player, Buddy Emmons[img src=http://www.blackjackband.com/wp-content/flagallery/jimmy-bio/thumbs/thumbs_mailedd2.jpg]880
Jimmy and "Star Trek" star James Doohan."Beam me up Scottie!!"